Wick Communications, a family-owned multi-media company and parent company of the San Pedro Valley News-Sun, has established a $500,000 Community Grant Program to assist locally owned businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

Businesses may apply for a dollar-for-dollar advertising/marketing matching grant ranging from $200 to $10,000. Grants will be awarded in April, May, and June.

Wick Communications has media operations in 11 states, mostly in smaller markets, and has a long history of working closely with small-business owners.

“The grant is our opportunity to support local businesses that employ our neighbors, the same businesses being devastated by this current crisis,” Wick Communications CEO Francis Wick said. “As a leadership organization, we are here to assist those community leaders and organizations who are willing to invest in themselves, their messaging and, ultimately, their community.”

Details and applications may be found at wickcommunications.com or bensonnews-sun.com.

“The newspaper is no exception to the economic toll this crisis has taken on our community,” Publisher Ian Kirkwood Said. “But we’re committed to bringing local news to the community and we’re proud and excited to offer our local businesses a helping hand in getting back on their feet while we all try to get through this situation.”

Wick is looking forward to helping the community recover.

“As a family, we’re proud to be associated with the San Pedro Valley and years of support from readers and advertisers. The future will be bright after weathering this storm,” Wick said.

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