ORLEANS – The Orleans Chamber of Commerce has administered 32 grants to local small businesses as a result of the creation of the Hardship Fund with money donated by the Orleans Police Relief Association, Kerry Insurance and the local community. Twenty-seven of the grants were sent to area restaurants.
The donation from the Orleans Police Relief Association was made to back local Orleans businesses that have historically supported their fundraisers and events.
The chamber’s board of directors voted unanimously to grant 27 Orleans restaurants $250 each because their industry is disproportionately negatively affected by the pandemic. To be eligible the business had to be located within the town of Orleans.
According to Noelle Pina, executive director of Orleans Chamber of Commerce, three restaurants closed in Orleans, due to hardship due to pandemic-imposed restrictions on businesses, including closures and limits on capacity. In addition to losing five restaurants, incliuding longtime restaurants Captain Linnell House and The Lobster Claw, which were closed due to owners’ retirements.
With these donations the grant has been depleted and will be closed.
The Orleans Chamber of Commerce builds, promotes and supports the Orleans business community. The Orleans Chamber of Commerce advocates for approximately 270 members led by a volunteer board of directors. The Chamber also spearheads tourism marketing efforts for its members as well as for the Town of Orleans. For more information please call (508) 255-7203 or visit www.orleanscapecod.org.