Finally, applicants must be either: an existing manufacturer that has retooled or is planning to retool their facility to produce qualifying PPE; a new manufacturer being established to produce qualifying PPE; or a nonprofit that has started producing or plans to produce one kind of qualifying PPE.
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Qualifying PPE includes:
- Surgical masks
- Community masks
- Face shields
- Hand sanitizer
- Cleaning and sanitizing products
- Other products approved by the Ohio Development Services Agency
The ODSA said grant funds could be used to buy equipment, retool or upgrade facilities, or make new ones, and can reimburse businesses that have already done so, so long as the costs were incurred after Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency in Ohio on March 21.
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Up to a fifth of the available funds may be reserved for businesses with fewer than 25 employees.
More information can be found and applications can be submitted on the Ohio Development Services Agency website.