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Business Report: NJ arts organizations, Trenton hazard pay, Jersey City investing in SciTech Scity

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New Jersey may be open for business, but many arts and culture organizations are still struggling financially and there’s a big push to get them help on the local and federal levels. The Small Business Administration announced this week that 91 venues in New Jersey received a total of $52 million in grants from the Shuttered Venue Operator Grant program, The recipients include the Count Basie Theater, McCarter Theater and New Jersey Performing Arts Center. In the meantime, more than 60 smaller arts, culture and historical nonprofits have recently received funding from the New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery fund. The fund has distributed $1.3 million in grants, according to Jeremy Grunin, co-chair of the fund. This is the latest round of grants. Earlier this year, the fund provided $2.6 million to more than 100 organizations.

Trenton city workers got a financial bonus this week. The city used some of its federal COVID-19 relief funds to provide hazard pay to over one thousand municipal workers, who were on the job during the pandemic. The city says up to 25% of Trenton’s workers came down with COVID-19. Officials believe Trenton could be the first city in the state to make direct relief payments to its workforce.

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey has announced it will be the founding corporate sponsor of SciTech Scity, which is being built near Liberty Science Center. The insurer, an underwriter of NJ Spotlight News, is donating $1 million for the project, which aims to focus on boosting STEM education and launching science and technology companies.