The deadline to apply for a Small Business Recovery Grant has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on May 31, the Greater Des Moines Partnership announced Wednesday. The application period opened on May 5 and was to expire Wednesday, but the deadline was extended to the end of the month to give business owners who were focused on reopening as restrictions were lifted more time to apply, said Meg Schneider, senior vice president of business resources and community at the Partnership. “In order to ensure this grant opportunity does what is intended and give area businesses the ability to work toward recovery, we have extended the application deadline to allow small businesses additional time to apply,” Schneider said. Businesses with 30 or fewer full-time employees that have been affected by restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus are eligible to apply. In a news release, leaders with the Partnership said small business owners are also encouraged to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program. The grant program is available through a partnership between the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the cities of Des Moines, Urbandale, Johnston, Indianola, Norwalk, West Des Moines, Clive, Windsor Heights and Carlisle, and Polk and Warren counties. Eligible businesses could receive grants from $1,000 to $5,000. That increases to $10,000 for businesses in Des Moines because of the availability of Community Development Block Grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Applications can be accessed here