Purpose

CHIRP grant funds will be awarded to eligible PA businesses as defined in Pennsylvania Act 1 of 2021 to alleviate revenue losses and pay eligible operating expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible Applicants

  • Pennsylvania for-profit entities meeting NAICS code Accommodation subsector 721 and Food Services & Drinking Places subsector 722;
  • Was in operation on February 15, 2020;
  • Has fewer than 300 employees (including those entities with multiple locations);
  • Is not publicly traded; and
  • Experienced a reduction in revenue during calendar year 2020 (more information coming on determining revenue loss)
  • Note:  Under Act 1, priority must be given to those eligible applicants who have not received a loan or grant issued by the Federal Government or Commonwealth of PA, were subject to closure by the proclamation of disaster emergency issued by the Governor on March 6, 2020 (and any renewal), and can demonstrate a reduction in revenue. 

Eligible Operating Expenses

  • payroll or non-payroll expenses that are ordinary and necessary for the applicants trade or business
  • Limitations on non-payroll expenses include:
    • The expense must have been incurred between March 1, 2020 and June 15, 2021
    • For mortgage expenses, the mortgage must have been in force BEFORE February 15, 2020
    • For rental expenses, (under a lease agreement), the lease must have been in force BEFORE February 15, 2020
    • For utility expenses, service must have begun BEFORE February 15, 2020.

Amount of Grants

  • The minimum grant award shall be $5,000
  • The maximum grant award shall be $50,000
  • Grants shall be awarded in increments of $5,000 (up to a maximum of $50,000)

Exclusion

  • Grant awards may not be used to pay the same eligible operating expenses for which an eligible business received payment, reimbursement, or loan forgiveness from any of the following:
    • The Coronovirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, commonly known as the CARES Act;
    • The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 ak.a. CARES II; and/or
    • The COVID-19 Emergency Supplement to the General Appropriations Act 0f 2019 (PA Act 2A of 2020) a.k.a Franklin County Small Business Recovery Grant of 2020
    • NOTE:  Receipt of a grant or loan issued under the authority of the Federal Government or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall NOT disqualify an eligible business from eligibility for this grant. 

Reporting

The County of Franklin is required to prepare and provide to the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) a complete program report containing the following information.

  • A list of each grant awarded under the program;
  • The name and address of each grant recipient;
  • The amount of the grant awarded and the description of the financial impact to the grantee for which the grant was awarded; and
  • The name of the CEDO (i.e. Franklin County Area Development Corporation) that processed the grant.
  • The report DOES NOT require the disclosing of confidential applicant financial information, however such information will be required by the FCADC in order to process an application.  All information will be kept in the strictest of confidentiality.  

Application: COMING SOON

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