Carbon County has spent the past few months sorting through hundreds of applications for COVID-19 relief grants.

On Thursday, the money was officially awarded to those who so desperately need it.

"I'm like praying every day and I don't even know what to say. I'm beside myself, completely beside myself," said Chris Nelson, owner of the Beacon 443 Diner.

Nelson was in tears Thursday after finding out her Beacon Diner is getting a $100,000 grant from the county.

"We were struggling trying to figure out where we're going to get the money to pay loans, to pay payroll, supplies, repair equipment...it'll save us," said Nelson.

For the family-owned restaurant, and so many other small businesses, the pandemic has been nothing short of stressful.

"The bills come due, the taxes come due and you're struggling. I look at the checking account every morning to see how we're doing and it's been scary."

The county is now giving dozens of businesses, non-profits, municipalities, and first responder agencies a much-needed financial lifeline.

"There was such a great need. The amount of applications and requests that came in were almost triple of the amount of money we had available to give out," said Carbon County's director of economic development, Kathy Henderson.

The grants are made possible through the federal CARES Act funding. More than $3.6 million worth is now keeping families like the Nelson's above water.

"It'll save us, it'll seriously save us," said Nelson.

Commissioners say they have more than $700,000 which could be used for another round of grants. The board has not yet decided if a second round will happen.