Guidance issued by the United States Department of the Treasury (“U.S. Treasury”) permits funds to be used to provide “grants to small businesses to reimburse the costs of business interruption caused by required closures.” Additional guidance by the U.S. Treasury indicates that such grants may be used to reimburse the costs of business interruption caused by required closures as well as “to benefit small businesses that close voluntarily to promote social distancing measures or that are affected by decreased customer demand as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.” Such effects must relate to the period that began on March 1, 2020 and ends on December 30, 2020.
Pennsylvania Act 24 of 2020 provides that Coronavirus Relief Fund Money distributed through the Commonwealth, which includes the funds received by the County used to fund this Business Interruption Grant program, may be used for small business grant programs to “support businesses with fewer than 100 employees with priority given to those businesses that did not receive a loan or grant through the federal Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program established under the CARES Act.”
The Crawford County Commissioners and CARES Act Committee are pleased to support Small Businesses through the COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant funding. In an effort to simplify the application process for Small Businesses, the Commissioners and Committee encourage all interested parties to visit,
https://crawfordpa-county-small-business-assistance-crawfordcountypa.hub.arcgis.com/, for more details about the financial assistance and application process.
For inquiries regarding the County’s Small Business Interruption Assistance Program, contact the Crawford County Planning Office at (814) 333-7341 or at