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Property Tax Assistance Program Now Accepting Applications

The Property Tax Assistance Program (PTAP) will accept applications from low-income elderly homeowners who need help paying their 2021 first half property taxes, Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano announced Thursday.

The PTAP provides emergency one-time property tax assistance to low-income homeowners age 60 or older and is a nonprofit entity funded solely through donations. The Auditor’s office has administered the program since November 2019.

“PTAP plays a crucial role by helping our elderly homeowners on fixed incomes keep their homes despite rising home values,” Stinziano said. “I encourage anyone who qualifies and needs assistance to apply to the program.”

PTAP applications are reviewed by a Board that includes the Franklin County Auditor’s office, Franklin County Treasurer’s office, Franklin County Office on Aging, and Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging.

Applications are due by December 20. Information about the program and an application can be found on the Auditor’s office website. For additional information and questions, residents may call 614-525-3243.

The PTAP was founded in 1987 and has supported hundreds of qualifying homeowners in Franklin County.

We have plenty of exciting news

FIRST - your membership for 2021 was kept intact due to Covid as we were all "contained". As we move in to 2022 - and we will get out for meetings, we ask that you please join with membership to continue helping us help small business in the Greater Hilltop Area. We continue to liaise for small businesses in many areas. In 2020, we assisted with small business loans due to Covid restrictions, code and other concerns. We hope to continue to help in many areas again this year.
Next:

. . . Bean Dinner June 25 2022 Westgate Park

We hope you will join us.

Your membership choice could also include a community booth at the Bean Dinner. Please note, people call us regularly about this event taking place in 2022. WE hope you will want to showcase yourselves and your business.

Our spacing will be appropriate for COVID as we move music and food a bit further out in the park. There is ample space and the design looks exciting.

Community tent for business? Please see the attached membership form as some memberships include this perk. Price for the booths in the community tent with table provided is $250 for non members and $150 for HBA members.

Does your business have a food cart or truck? Do you want to attend the bean dinner? We would love to have you as we expand this area with great spacing! We are adjusting our pricing for food vendors.

Arts and crafts vendors? We are spaced well for you to come sell your wares. Our set up charge is still $75.00 and you supply your tent and table for a 12 x 12 space.

Non profit - church? We will be charging a small fee again for your setup $25.00 and some of you enjoy hosting childrens sections. Talk to me please and we can help you showcase and expand that activity!

Home remodeling or service business? You will be a great addition to the Arts/Crafts or Service area. Prior to Covid, a supplier for quality housing siding had a highly productive time at the Bean Dinner. The time is right for you to advertise to the Greater Hilltop and beyond.

Volunteers? We have openings to help serve food, assist in the children's section, set up event - tear down and more. We will assist in advertising yourself or your business while you serve the community.

and don't forget the car show at the Bean Dinner.


Please contact an HBA Board Member or myself for questions

Best regard,

Nancy Rhynard
HBA Economic Development
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614-531-5665 - text please

Now Open for Business:
Alert Black Entrepreneurs to apply for the Franklin County Community Equity Fund

The Franklin County Business Growth and Equity Alliance, a collaboration between the Franklin County Commissioners, One Columbus and the Columbus Urban League is pleased to announce the launch of the Franklin County Community Equity Fund (FCCEF), to provide grants to black owned and historically disadvantaged businesses.
The fund, administered by the Columbus Urban League, is now accepting applications at www.cul.org/fund.
Black-owned for-profit Franklin County enterprises, in business since August 2019 with a revenue loss of 25% or more since the onset of COVID-19 may be eligible for one of three grants:
● Open Doors – up to $15,000 for companies of five employees or less.
● Employers+ – up to $100,000 for companies of 6-25 employees.
● Technology Retention – up to $50,000 for digital or technology companies.

Additional details on eligibility can be found at www.cul.org/fund.
The Equity Alliance seeks to ensure black-owned and other businesses disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and systemic racism recover and thrive despite recent setbacks – a critical step forward for Central Ohio’s economic health.

Hilltop Bean Dinner Festival 2022

2022 Bean Dinner is June 25 at Westgate Park
Fourth Saturday of June 2022

Deadline Extended COVID-19 Small Business Response & Recovery Fund

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until September 11, 2020


Fund Program Overview & Requirements

With the updates made to the Fund in Round 2, businesses citywide are now eligible for Recovery Grants and Pivot Loans if they otherwise meet the qualifications (these are no longer restricted to companies located in Low and Moderate Income areas of the City).

In Round 2, Businesses outside of the City but within the balance of Franklin County are now eligible for Recovery Grants regardless of business owner income (no longer restricted to Low and Moderate Income business owners). Having received PPP/EIDL funding is no longer a disqualifier for Franklin County businesses outside of the City of Columbus municipal boundaries.

How To Apply

Applications are open. The application inquiry deadline has been extended to Friday, September 11, 2020.

This is will be the final extension, and thus represents the final closing date for the Fund under its current configuration. Anyone who completes an inquiry by 9/11 will have ample time to collaborate and submit a full application.

Business owners will be matched with the regional Entrepreneur Support Organizations (ESOs) and Technical Assistance Providers to complete and submit an application.

The Hilltop Business Association is a proud neighborhood organization helping with this project. We are happy to assist you regardless of membership. Our goal is to keep small business IN BUSINESS!

Apply here:

 Columbus-Franklin County COVID-19 Small Business Response and Recovery Fund


COVID-19 Information

Join the HBA

Learn more about the HBA HERE

JOIN The HBA

Existing HBA Members can make a payment through the website or renew their Membership. We use Paypal for payments, if you do not have a Paypal account please go through the checkout process as a guest.

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