Editor’s Note: The Beaver County Board of Commissioners is encouraging eligible small businesses and nonprofits in the county to apply for funding under a new grant program established today. The following is an announcement by the Board submitted to BeaverCountian.com. It is being published in full as written. Commissioners say the grant application will be online at the county’s website on Monday, Aug. 10.
Today, the Beaver County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to create two new grant programs, the Beaver County CARES Small Business and Nonprofit Support Grant Program, to assist small businesses and nonprofits affected by COVID-19 public health crisis, and the Beaver County CARES Municipal Support Program, to help local municipalities cover the costs of their response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. The programs 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. “With the creation of these programs, Beaver County will be able to distribute funding directly to those most affected by the impact of COVID-19. Beaver County is committed to work alongside small businesses, nonprofits, and local municipalities who continue serve all residents of our community,” Commissioner Camp said.
The primary purpose of the Small Business and Nonprofit Support Grant Program is to provide immediate relief to small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Beaver County hopes to help small businesses and nonprofits remain in business through the COVID-19 pandemic, retain employees and be prepared to grow in the future. In the first round of funding, qualified applicants will be eligible to receive up to $25,000 under the Grant Program.
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)). Commissioner Manning stated, “No segment of our local economy has been hit harder by the impact of COVID-19 than our small business owners and non-profit organizations. They are the heartbeat of Beaver County and our goal is to distribute these funds to as many qualified applicants as possible.”
The primary purpose of the Municipal Support Program is to help municipalities within the County recoup the costs of responding to the pandemic within their jurisdiction. Training will be held via conference call on Friday August 14, 2020 at 9:30AM to provide further details on eligible and ineligible expenditures under the program. Further details on the call will be posted to the COVID-19 section of the County’s website. “Municipalities continued to serve their local constituents while being burdened with increasing operational and public safety costs. The creation of these programs will alleviate some of the economic disturbances that have hit all sectors of Beaver County,” Commissioner Amadio said.
Application submission for the Small Business and Nonprofit Support Grant Program will be open from August 10, 2020 at 8:30AM to August 21, 2020 at 4:30PM. Application submission for the Municipal Support Program will be open from August 17, 2020 at 8:30AM to August 28, 2020 at 4:30PM. For detailed program eligibility requirements and specific information regarding the application process, including deadlines, please visit the Beaver County website at www.Beavercountypa.gov.