Northern Pass Funds Available For Coos Businesses

Apr 22, 2015

CREDIT EDGARS STRODS / FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

  

A North Country group says $200,000 provided by the Northern Pass is now available to businesses in Coos County hoping to maintain or increase employment.

Applications for the funds are being accepted until May 15 by the Coos County Job Creation Association headed by former state senator John Gallus of Berlin.

“So we are looking for them to submit why they need the money, what they are trying to update, how they are going to continue with employment in the county and how it will help their business.”

Gallus said the funds don’t have to be paid back and the amounts will vary.

“We are thinking they would basically be micro-grants so probably in the vicinity, anywhere from $2,500 or a $1,000 to $10,000.”

The fund was established in 2013 by Northern Pass, which is promising a total of $7.5 million for such economic development if the controversial project is built.

Applications are due by May 15th and may be mailed to:

CCJCA, c/o Waystack Frizzell, P.O. Box 137 Colebrook, N.H. 03576 or emailed to  sandra@waystackfrizzell.com.

Members of the board are Gallus, Allen Bouthillier, owner of AB Logging in Lancaster; David Atkinson, former manager of the Wausau Paper Mill in Groveton; Chris Diego, managing director of the Mountain View Grand in Whitefield and Ted Burns, co-owner of the Grand Ole Lodge in North Stratford.