Bedford County Grant Program to Distribute Federal CARES Act Funding for Small Businesses, Tourism and Non-Profits Impacted by Covid-19

August 7, 2020 – The Bedford County Board of Commissioners have established a new grant program, the Bedford CARES Small Business, Tourism, and Nonprofit Support Grant Program, to assist small businesses, local tourism, and nonprofits affected by COVID-19.

The program will be funded using federal CARES Act funds provided to the County by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant. Bedford County will make available a minimum of $500,000.

The primary purpose of the Program is to provide immediate relief to small businesses, local tourism, and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. Bedford County hopes to help eligible industries and organizations stay in business through the COVID-19 pandemic, retain employees, and be prepared to grow in the future. In the first round of funding, the County will distribute funds to eligible industries and organizations that are vital to sustaining the economy of Bedford County.

“COVID-19 has negatively impacted our local economy. We want to do everything we can to support our local businesses and non-profits. All entities who were impacted are encouraged to apply,” said the Bedford County Commissioners.

The grants can be used to help cover business interruption losses including loss of fundraising revenues for eligible nonprofits (preference will be given to those applicants that did not receive Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan Funds (EIDL).

The County will be hosting two training for the public on Thursday August 13, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Additional call in information is available on the County website at the link listed below.

Application submission for the program will be open from August 10, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. to August 28, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.  For detailed program eligibility requirements and specific information regarding the application process, including deadlines, please visit the Bedford County website at https://bedfordcountypa.org/covid-19_funding_portal.

The County has previously released a Request for Proposal to address portions of Bedford County that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic due to lack of available broadband. Poor broadband infrastructure in rural areas has resulted in many individuals and families lacking the opportunity for online studies, teleworking, and telemedicine during stay-at-home orders.

Additional Grant Opportunities:

Small Grant Program Reopens Monday (last chance)

COVID-19 Grants for PA Small Businesses

The COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance Program will open its second application window at 9AM on August 10. This will be the final opportunity to apply for the program. The application window will remain open for 15 business days, closing at 11:59PM on August 28.

Pennsylvania small businesses are encouraged to apply for relief if they:

  • Had 25 or fewer full-time employees prior to February 15, 2020
  • Have annual revenues of $1 million or less, and
  • Were economically impacted by COVID-19

All applications must be made through a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in the county where their business is located.

If you already applied during the first application window, you will be notified of your status by August 10. You do not need to reapply in the second round. Qualified applications will be automatically rolled over into this next funding round for consideration.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

PA 30 Day Fund – Pennsylvanians Helping Pennsylvanians

Bedford County Companies (3-30 employees, owned by a PA resident) are encouraged to apply for a forgivable loan (usually around $3,000) through the PA 30 Day Fund.  This is a short and simple application with a quick turnaround to provide assistance to companies impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Funds are still available! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

 

WEDnet Program Offers Training Grants: Bedford County Companies Encouraged to Apply

Deadline September 11, 2020.

The WEDnet Training program saves employers money by assisting with a broad range of employee training costs.  Employers are eligible for up to $2,000/employee and up to $100,000 per company.  Companies must be in an eligible industry cluster as defined by the complete guidelines found at http://www.wednetpa.com/FundingEligibility/

Some examples of eligible companies include but are not limited to: Agriculture, Building and Construction, Business Services, Energy, Health Care, Logistics and Transportation, Manufacturing, Real Estate and Financing Services, Publishing, Bank Headquarters, and certain types of Healthcare Facilities.

Returning Grantees/Applicants: 

  • If your company has had a WEDnetPA grant in the past or you have made a previous inquiry and already have a username and password please visit: https://isaac.wednetpa.com to logon on and begin the application process for this year. The first step is to complete the online inquiry form. See contact information at close of article for assistance with usernames and passwords.

New Applicants/Inquiries: 

  • If your company is new to WEDnetPA, and you have never submitted an inquiry- You will have to create a username and password and submit an online inquiry at http://wednetpa.com/Apply/inquiry.html

Contact:  Julie Davis, Workforce Education Manager | 814-262-3813 | jdavis@pennhighlands.edu