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PA Hazard Pay Program

The COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grant Program was established to help employers provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining occupations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Hazard pay is intended to keep front-line employees working in sectors that are vital to every Pennsylvanians’ existence. The program will help employers provide hazard pay for their employees to retain current employees. This reimbursement-based grant is for employers who will be offering hazard pay over the eligible program period

Hazard Pay Program Guidelines: Click Here

To Apply:  Click Here 

USDA Federal Government COVID-19 Resource Guide

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Commonwealth of PA Statewide Business Assistance  Grant Program

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has made program guidelines for the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Grants available on their website. The program, which was announced by Governor Wolf on Monday, makes $225 million available for COVID-19 relief to small businesses through Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). The funds will be available through three programs.

  • $100 million: Main Street Business Revitalization Program
  • $100 million: Historically Disadvantaged Business Revitalization Program
  • $25 million: Loan Payment Deferment and Loss Reserve Program

The local contact for this program is:

Community First Fund
922 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102
Kenneth HammakerVice President, Community Lending


CLICK Here for Program Guidelines

SBA 7(a) Paycheck Protection Program…Phase 2 accepting applications

May 20, 2020 PPP Application for Loan Forgiveness: CLICK HERE  

May 6, 2020  FAQ’s on Paycheck Protection Program:  CLICK HERE

Information on the new SBA Paycheck Protection Program:  CLICK HERE

US Chamber of Commerce Summary of Paycheck Protection Program Process:  CLICK HERE

Listing of Pennsylvania SBA 7(a) Loan Lenders in Franklin County:  CLICK HERE

Application Form:  CLICK HERE

SBA Paycheck Protection Program Website:  CLICK HERE 

If interested in the PPP, you should start assembling the following information:

  • 2019 IRS Quarterly 940, 941 or 944 payroll tax reports
  • Last 12 months of Payroll Reports beginning with your last payroll date and going backwards 12 months (e.g. gross wages for each employee, paid time off for each employee, vacation pay for each employee)
  • 1099s for 2019 for independent contractors that would otherwise be an employee of your business
  • Documentation showing total of all health insurance premiums paid by the Company Owner under a group health plan
  • Document the sum of all retirement plan funding that was paid by the Company Owner (do not include funding that came from the employee’s out of their paycheck deferrals)

SBA Disaster Relief Program:

March 19, 2020:  SBA Approves Small Business Disaster Loan Designation for PA, learn more or apply here

The SBA Disaster Relief Program is being facilitated through the Small Business Development Center network.  Your local point of contact is the Shippensburg University Small Business Development Center.  I strongly encourage you to visit the website at  https://www.ship.edu/sbdc/ or call (717) 477-1935.  Below is a series of SBA Disaster Relief webinars that are being offered.  Or click here:  https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

Small Business Owners Guide to the Federal CARES Act

Click Here 

Workforce Development/Dislocated Assistance:

For questions or information, please visit any of the following websites:




Franklin County CareerLink: (717) 264-2855