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STARTING TODAY:  Applications Being Accepted for $225 Million Grant Program for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

I am happy to inform you that applications for the $225 million statewide grant program to support small businesses that were impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis and subsequent business closure order are being accepted – starting TODAY!

The focus of this program is to provide direct support to impacted businesses throughout the Commonwealth to cover operating expenses during the shutdown and the transition to reopening.

The funding was developed in partnership with state lawmakers and allocated through the recently enacted state budget, which included $2.6 billion in federal stimulus funds through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, of which $225 million was earmarked for relief for small businesses.

The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) will distribute the funds to the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), which will then administer the funding in the form of grants. The PA CDFI Network is a group of 17 PA-based community development financial institutions that primarily provide financing options for small businesses. 

The CDFI Network that is administering the program has created an informational website for prospective applicants. 

While the application period has not yet opened for businesses, the site includes information on eligibility, grant amounts, prioritization, information and other good information to help answer any questions you are receiving.

The site is available at https://pabusinessgrants.com.

Please see lenders below.

Northampton County Only:
Enterprise Center Capital

Bucks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, and Northampton County:
Rising Tide
Community First Fund

Statewide:
Reinvestment Fund

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Eligible businesses will be able to use the grants to cover operating expenses during the shutdown and transition to re-opening, and for technical assistance including training and guidance for business owners as they stabilize and relaunch their businesses.

The funds will be available through three programs:

  • $100 million for the Main Street Business Revitalization Program for small businesses that experienced loss as a result of the governor’s March 19, 2020 order relating to the closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses and have or will incur costs to adapt to new business operations related to COVID-19;
  • $100 million for the Historically Disadvantaged Business Revitalization Program for small businesses that experienced loss as a result of the business closure order, have or will incur costs to adapt to new business operations related to COVID-19, and in which socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51 percent interest and also control management and daily business operations.
  • $25 million for the Loan Payment Deferment and Loss Reserve Program, which will allow the CDFIs the opportunity to offer forbearance and payment relief for existing portfolio businesses that are struggling due to the impact of COVID, as well as shore up the financial position of the CDFIs that are experiencing significant increased defaults in their existing loan portfolios.

Small businesses in the Lehigh Valley are the ones who carried the burden and the local economic impacts due to this pandemic.  Their recovery, as well as the recovery of communities across the Commonwealth, is imperative and critical.  This grant program is a tremendous first step in being able to provide economic opportunities to those effected by COVID-19 and to assist in our local recovery.

The CARES Rent Relief Program (RRP)

Rental AssistanceThe Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed in March, provided $3.9 billion for Pennsylvania and is intended to help people hurt economically during the pandemic. In late May, the General Assembly directed $175 million of these CARES dollars to PHFA to provide assistance for struggling renters and homeowners. The portion for rent assistance is at least $150 million.

Below you will find the application needed to request CARES rental assistance. Links are also provided to additional helpful information.

PHFA has identified organizations in all 67 counties to process the large number of rent relief applications anticipated. You will submit your application and supporting paperwork to these county organizations for review, following instructions in the application.

The county organizations will begin accepting completed applications for rent assistance on July 6.

The CARES funding for renters must be completely distributed by November 30, 2020.
CARES RRP Application Documents:

The CARES Pandemic Mortgage Assistance Program (PMAP)

The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed in March, provided $3.9 billion for Pennsylvania and is intended to help people hurt economically during the pandemic. In late May, the General Assembly directed $175 million of these CARES dollars to PHFA to provide assistance for struggling renters and homeowners. The portion for mortgage assistance is $25 million.

Below you will find the application needed to request CARES mortgage relief. Links are also provided to additional helpful information.

You will submit your application and supporting paperwork to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) for review, following instructions in the application.

PHFA will begin accepting completed applications for mortgage assistance on July 6.

The CARES funding for mortgage relief must be completely distributed by November 30, 2020.

Pandemic Mortgage Assistance Program Application Documents:

Reminder: LIHEAP Recovery Crisis Program Open

LIHEAP Recovery Crisis Program

Low-income customers impacted by COVID-19 with past-due utility bills may be eligible for up to $800. Funding is available through the LIHEAP Recovery Crisis Program. Renters and homeowners can apply through August 31, 2020, or until funds expire.

You can apply online using the online Compass portal. PGW customers who received a LIHEAP grant this past winter can call 215-560-1583 to apply over the phone. Paper applications are also available for download here.

If you require additional utility assistance information, call my office at (215) 242-8171.

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