Journal offers small business grants

Company making grants available to small businesses hurt by pandemic


CLINTON — DeWitt County businesses are invited to apply for grants to assist them in their recovery from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. 

News Media Corporation, the parent company of the Clinton Journal, has established a fund of up to $100,000 to help local businesses subsidize local marketing efforts with matching advertising dollars.

“We know local businesses are feeling the pain of this pandemic,” said Katy O’Grady-Pyne, publisher of the Clinton Journal. “We’re hurting, too. However, I believe if we can pull together as a community, we can weather this. Here at the Journal, we want to help our fellow local businesses. These matching grants are available to help local businesses through these tough times.”

Businesses operating in DeWitt County can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 at Applicants will receive a response to their application within one to two business days.

The fund is open to all locally owned and operated businesses impacted by the coronavirus, O’Grady-Pyne said, whether or not they are currently Journal advertisers. Grant money can be used for print and online advertising in the Journal and on until June 30, 2020.

”I commend the Journal for their efforts to help local business,” said Marian Brisard, executive director of of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce. “They recognize the role we all play in developing and maintaining a vibrant economy.”

“Community journalism is only as strong as the community it serves,” said News Media Corporation’s Chief Revenue Officer JJ Tompkins. “As a family owned business operating for nearly 45 years, we know the only way to get through tough times is to stand with our partners, customers and readers. We are proud to offer any assistance we can to locally owned businesses, which are the heart beat of the community we publish in.”

For more information and to apply, visit