The Board of Warren County Commissioners applied for COVID19 County Relief Block Grant funding on Tuesday, June 16th in the form of an application through DCED (Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development) which requested $3,539,294. This amount was prescribed by DCED and is the amount allocated to the county, based on population, as a part of the CARES act funding given to the states by the federal government. The application was approved and the $3.5 million grant deposited with the County on July 13th, 2020.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The $2 trillion economic relief package aims to protect the American people from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19. The CARES Act provides economic assistance for local governments and American workers, families, and small businesses.
Act 24 of 2020 was signed by Governor Wolf on May 29, 2020. This legislation provides $625 million in CARES Act funding by means of block grants for counties in the commonwealth through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). This funding is strictly for support of COVID-19-related activities to offset the cost of direct county COVID-19 response; assist businesses and municipalities; provide behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment services; fund nonprofit assistance programs; and deploy broadband to unserved or underserved areas.
Through review and deliberation regarding documentation provided by DCED it has been determined by the Commissioners that a majority of the money, initially $2 million, would be allocated to a Small Business Grant (Warren-SBG) program to provide support to local non-governmental business and nonprofit organizations. This program would run until the end of the year, December 31st, 2020, and provide three rounds of funding with the first totaling $1 million and finishing up by the end of August 2020.
This website and the Business Grant Summary document outline the parameters of that program including an overview, the timeline for operations, the various business and financial consultancy services required for operation and the RFP processes to retain those services, the qualifications for application, the process for application as well as the process for review and approval. The overarching goals are fairness and transparency in providing this needed relief to the struggling small businesses in Warren County. This is to be done in an objective and orderly manner, without preference based on any political, racial, ethnic, gender, economic status or other discriminatory factors.
More information will be released via this website very soon.
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