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Final phase opens for COVID relief grants for hospitality businesses (5/19)

LEWISBURG – The final phase of a COVID-19 relief grant is now open for eligible hospitality industry businesses through SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG), and they have until June 15 to apply or until the funds are spent – and then the grant program ends.

The seven counties that have remaining funds are: Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland and Snyder.

Following are the remaining Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP) funds per county, totaling $1.2 million:

  • Northumberland: $539,401
  • Snyder: $249,208
  • Juniata: $173,435
  • Mifflin: $116,456
  • Columbia: $103,906
  • Clinton: $21,440
  • Montour: $13,420

SEDA-COG Executive Director Kim Wheeler said with the end of the new grant program approaching, she hopes more businesses will apply.

“We know there are more businesses in these counties that could use these free funds, so we urge you to apply as soon as you can. We understand that times are busy and stressful, so we are here to help you through the process,” Wheeler said.

Those with questions may contact SEDA-COG Grants Manager Betsy Lockwood at 570-522-7265 or elockwood@seda-cog.org.

For-profit hospitality businesses can apply until funds are spent or June 15 at the Community Giving Foundation’s website at https://csgiving.org/chirp/. Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000 to help alleviate 2020 revenue losses and pay for eligible operating expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible hospitality industry businesses must be for-profit businesses which include: hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, bars, taverns, catering companies, and food trucks. These businesses must fall within eligible industry codes which include the Accommodations subsector NAICS code (721) or Food Services and Drinking Places subsector (722) found here: https://www.naics.com/search/

Eligibility includes, but is not limited to, having fewer than 300 full-time employees; a net worth that does not exceed $15 million; a 25% reduction in gross receipts in 2020 compared to 2019; and be located within Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, or Snyder counties.

Priority will be given to businesses that did not already receive COVID relief funds; that were subject to closure following the disaster emergency declared by Gov. Tom Wolf on March 6, 2020; or had more than a 50% reduction in gross receipts from March 31, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020 compared to the same time period in 2019. For a full listing of eligibility requirements and prioritization guidelines, visit www.csgiving.org/chirp

SEDA-COG contracted with 10 of its member counties to manage a total of $7.3 million in grants on their behalf. SEDA-COG receives the applications and determines eligibility and grant amounts. SEDA-COG also disburses the funds to awarded businesses.

The grant program was created from the law Act 1 of 2021, which was passed Feb. 5, 2021. Statewide, it provides $145 million in funding assistance to the hospitality industry businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a community and economic development agency, SEDA-COG enhances the quality of life and economic advantage for residents and businesses in 11 central Pennsylvania counties through its vital partnerships and initiatives. SEDA-COG also is an advocate for the interests of communities at the state and federal levels. For more information, visit www.seda-cog.org.

Wolf administration to lift mitigation orders on Memorial Day (5/4)

HARRISBURG – The Wolf administration, in coordination with the COVID-19 Vaccine Joint Task Force, announced today that mitigation orders except masking will be lifted on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 at 12:01 AM.

The current order requiring Pennsylvanians to wear masks will be lifted when 70% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated. Face coverings are required to be worn indoors and outdoors if you are away from your home. In accordance with the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, fully vaccinated Pennsylvanians are not required to wear a mask during certain activities.

“We continue to make significant progress in the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 and as more Pennsylvania adults get vaccinated and guidance from the CDC evolves, we can continue to move forward with our reopening efforts,” ​Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam said. “I encourage Pennsylvanians to take the critical steps needed to put this pandemic behind us by getting vaccinated, follow through with both doses if you receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, and continue to take steps like masking, frequent hand washing and sanitizing and social distancing.”

Requirements such as testing and reporting ​new cases will remain in place for hospitals and long-term care facilities. Maintaining requirements for hospitals and long-term care facilities wi​ll allow Pennsylvania to continue to closely monitor COVID-19 spread while lifting other restrictions.

The Department of Health recommends that Pennsylvanians refer to CDC guidance and recommendations regarding ongoing COVID-19 safety measures and procedures.

These updates will not prevent municipalities and school districts from ​continuing and implementing stricter mitigation efforts.

“With millions of Pennsylvanians getting vaccinated, it’s time to plan the transition back to normal,” said Sen. Art Haywood. Hospitalizations and deaths are down. This action today is a key step forward.”

“While the restrictions that were put in place at the outset of the pandemic have been a major source of frustration for many Pennsylvanians and businesses, it is the collaborative work of this bipartisan Task Force that is allowing us to finally roll back the restrictions and get back to normal life,” said Sen. Ryan Aument.

“I’m thrilled after more than a year that we are able to lift these restrictions so that we can move to more normal life,” said Rep. Tim O’Neal. “This will help grow our economy and assist our small businesses that have sacrificed so much due to COVID-19. Thank you to Pennsylvanians who have chosen to be vaccinated. Your efforts have helped us arrive at today.”

“I am proud of the progress we have made with vaccinations throughout Pennsylvania,” said Rep. Bridget Kosierowski. “Lifting mitigation orders on Memorial Day and announcing that masking orders will be lifted once 70 percent of Pennsylvania’s adults are fully vaccinated are all benefits from following the scientific medical research and data. Many sacrifices had been made over the past year while we waited for help. The help is now here in the form of a vaccine and we must do everything we can to encourage everyone to receive their vaccination so we can overcome this pandemic. Let’s follow the science, because it’s the path to us all returning to normalcy.”

The governor’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic remains in place.

All Pennsylvanians ages 16 and older are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. The provider map is available on the Department of Health’s website. Pennsylvanians with questions about the vaccination process can call the Department of Health hotline at 1-877-724-3258.

More information is available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Refusal of Suitable Work announcement from the state Office of Unemployment Compensation (4/27)

HARRISBURG – Has your business offered a job to an applicant who is receiving unemployment compensation benefits, and the applicant refused the offer?

Section 402(a) of Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Law provides, in part, that an employee shall be ineligible for compensation for any week in which their unemployment is due to failure, without good cause, to accept suitable work; provided that the employer who offers the work notifies the department of the refusal within seven days from when the offer is made.

The department has created a new form, UC-1921W, so employers can notify the department that suitable work was refused. The form can be saved, printed, and submitted directly to the department online at refusalofwork@pa.gov. Be an active partner in helping to improve the integrity of unemployment compensation payments. Notify the department within seven days of the offer by submitting the form, UC-1921W, online. If you prefer to send the form via facsimile, please complete, print, and fax the form with any additional documentation to UIAS at 717-772-0378. Visit: https://www.uc.pa.gov/forms/Pages/UC-1921W-Refusal-of-Suitable-Work.aspx

UC asks employers to keep in mind that they are experiencing historically high volumes of work and requests.  If you report an eligibility issue to them, you may not receive an outcome for a period of time.  It does not mean they did not receive your request or that they will not work on it as soon as they can, so do not send second or third requests.  Duplicate requests only tie up resources more and prevent them from better serving employers.For more information on situations where claimants may refuse work and still be granted benefits, visit: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/Pages/UC-COVID19-FAQs.aspx

SBA to reopen shuttered venue operators grants (4/23)

WASHINGTON –– The U.S. Small Business Administration will reopen the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal tomorrow, April 24, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. EDT for operators of live venues, live performing arts organizations, museums and movie theatres, as well as live venue promoters, theatrical producers and talent representatives to apply for critical economic relief.

“We recognize the urgency and need to get this program up and running,” said Barb Carson, deputy associate administrator of SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. “With venue operators in danger of closing, every day that passes by is a day that these businesses cannot afford. We remain dedicated to delivering emergency aid as quickly as possible and will begin reviewing the applications on Saturday as they are submitted.”

While working with vendors to fix technology issues that occurred with the April 8 initial opening, the SBA identified and resolved other concerns and enhanced the applicant experience with the portal. The following updates have been made:

  • Clarifying and making program documentation more user-friendly;
  • Improving application portal security mechanisms;
  • Adding an industry-standard waiting room technology to address the high interest in the program and provide an orderly application process for fair and smooth performance; and
  • Updating application features, including: a new revenue chart, the ability to upload multiple attachments, and an improved application flow to match the eligible entity types and their respective required documentation.

In preparation for the application portal reopening, the SBA recommends eligible applicants take the following actions:

SBA’s collaboration with several live venue, cultural and related industry organizations has been vital to the agency’s understanding of the user experience for potential SVOG applicants, and the SBA will continue to partner with them through the application and grant awarding processes.

For more information and to view applicant resources, visit www.sba.gov/svogrant. For Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal technical assistance such as a password reset, browser suggestions, or how to use the multi-factor authentication with an app and the QR code, applicants can call 1-800-659-2955 or, for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 1-800-877-8339 and follow the prompts to SVOG assistance. The call center is open today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and, starting Saturday, April 24, the center will be open 24 hours a day through Monday evening at 8 p.m.

SBA announces RRF Application & Guidelines (4/19)

WASHINGTON – U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced key details on application requirements, eligibility, and a program guide for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RFF). The food service industry is among the hardest-hit during the COVID-19 pandemic economic downturn. The American Rescue Plan, signed into law by President Joe Biden, established the $28.6 billion RRF to be administered by the SBA.

“Our message is this; ‘Help is here.’” said Administrator Guzman. “We’re prioritizing funding to the hardest-hit small businesses – irreplaceable gathering places in our neighborhoods and communities in need of a lifeline. Thanks to clear directives from Congress, we’re rolling out this program to ensure these businesses can meet payroll, purchase supplies, and get what they need in place to transition to today’s COVID-restricted marketplace.”

Administrator Guzman emphasized, “We’re also focused on ensuring the RRF application process is streamlined and free of burdensome, bureaucratic hurdles, while maintaining robust oversight. Under my leadership, the SBA will be as entrepreneurial as the entrepreneurs we serve – meeting every small business where they are, and giving them the support they need to recover, rebuild and thrive.”

Ahead of the launch and over the next two weeks, the SBA will establish a seven-day pilot period, ahead of the public launch, to conduct outreach and training. Participants will be randomly selected and will not receive funds until the application portal is open to the public – to be announced at a later date. For the first 21 days the program is open, the SBA will prioritize reviewing applications from women, veterans and socially and economically disadvantaged business owners. Afterward, all eligible applicants are encouraged to apply.

“These guidelines were crafted by the SBA after conversations with independent restaurant and bar operators across the country,” said Erika Polmar, Executive Director of the Independent Restaurant Coalition. “We are grateful to the SBA for their hard work to make this process as accessible as possible in a short period of time. It is clear the SBA and the Biden Administration care deeply about ensuring businesses struggling the most can quickly and effectively use this relief program.”

In addition to restaurant groups and leading advocacy groups for underserved business communities, the SBA has engaged national and state trade associations, and other small business stakeholders in recent weeks to understand their concerns about relief programs. At all levels, the SBA continues to engage with stakeholder communities to inform and design delivery of financial assistance programs.

As the SBA builds and prepares to roll out the program, this dedicated SBA website is the best source for up-to-date information for eligible restaurants interested in the RRF. Under this announcement, details on application requirements, eligibility, and a program guide are now available in English at www.sba.gov/restaurants, and in Spanish at www.sba.gov/restaurantes.

Vaccine Clinics in Sunbury, Shamokin

SUNBURY – The Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way has shared with us that Custom Care Pharmacy is hosting Moderna vaccine clinics from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 in Sunbury and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 22 in Shamokin.
 
Pennsylvanians 18 years of age and older may click here for Sunbury: https://hipaa.jotform.com/210993994788177 and here for Shamokin: https://hipaa.jotform.com/211025829290149
 
If you know of someone without Internet access, they may call the Northumberland Area Agency on Aging at 570-495-2395.

Homelessness prevention grant open to Union County residents (3/15)

LEWISBURG – Residents at risk of losing their housing in Union County municipalities, excluding Lewisburg Borough and Kelly Township, may be eligible to receive assistance to prevent homelessness.

The Resident Subsistence Program is being offered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to support hard-hit residents and is funded with a Union County entitlement Community Development Block Grant-CARES Act (CDBG-CV).

The grants can be used to pay rent or mortgage payments to prevent eviction or foreclosure and utility payments to prevent cutoff.

Applications are now being accepted. While there is no deadline to apply, the program is on a first-come, first-serve basis and ends when the funds are spent.

Each eligible family may receive funding for up to three consecutive months of assistance, paid directly to the mortgage holder, landlord, or utility company on their behalf. Funds will not be given directly to families. Assistance is available for up to 100 days per family.

Applicants must be at risk of losing their housing and must provide documentation of it. Assistance can be made to families whose income is at or below the HOME/PART 5 income limits for Union County at the time of application. Applicants must complete an income verification interview to qualify for this program.

The Union-Snyder Community Action Agency will provide the grants to Union County- residents, as allocated by Union County. The agency is managing the program on behalf of the county. SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) is administering the CDBG funds and ensuring compliance.

For more information or to set up an appointment to apply, Union County residents may contact the Union-Snyder Community Action Agency by visiting union-snydercaa.org/housing-assistance  to download and print an application or call 570-374-0181 option 3.

While this grant is not available to Kelly Township residents, there are separate grants available for Kelly Township residents. Kelly Township residents may contact one of the following organizations:

SEDA-COG’s Community Development program administers 14 CDBG contracts for 28 communities. Over 35 years, the program has secured $120 billion for over 1,000 projects with its 12 dedicated staff.

As a community and economic development agency, SEDA-COG enhances the quality of life and economic advantage for residents and businesses in 11 central Pennsylvania counties through its vital partnerships and initiatives. SEDA-COG also is an advocate for the interests of its communities at the state and federal levels. For more information, visit www.seda-cog.org.

Gov. Wolf: Effective April 4, More Options for Restaurants and Other Businesses, Mass Gathering Maximums Increase (3/15)

HARRISBURG – As COVID-19 cases have declined and vaccination rates are climbing, Governor Tom Wolf today announced the lifting of some targeted restrictions on restaurants and other businesses, as well as increased gathering limits.

Effective April 4, restaurants may resume bar service; alcohol service will be allowed without the purchase of food; the curfew for removing alcoholic drinks from tables will be lifted; and indoor dining capacity will be raised to 75 percent for those restaurants that are currently self-certified and those that undergo the self-certification process, which involves agreeing to strictly comply to all public health safety guidelines and orders, including the cleaning and mitigation protocols and other operational requirements contained in the Governor and Secretary of Health’s mitigation and enforcement orders issued on November 23, 2020, as amended. Those restaurants that do not self-certify may raise capacity to 50 percent. Outdoor dining, curbside pick-up and takeout are still encouraged.

Requirements such as mask-wearing, and social distancing, including 6 feet between diners, also still apply.

Capacity for other businesses also will be increased effective April 4, including moving personal services facilities, gyms and entertainment facilities (casinos, theatres, malls) to 75 percent occupancy.

The governor also announced revised maximum occupancy limits for indoor events to allow for 25% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size, and maximum occupancy limits for outdoor events to allow for 50% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size. Maximum occupancy is permitted only if attendees and workers are able to comply with the 6-foot physical distancing requirement.

“Pennsylvanians have stepped up and done their part of help curb the spread of COVID-19,” Gov. Wolf said. “Our case counts continue to go down, hospitalizations are declining, and the percent positivity rate gets lower every week – all very positive signs. The number of people getting vaccinated increases daily and we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel. It’s time to allow our restaurants, bars and other service businesses to get back to more normal operations.”

While the lifting of these restrictions is good news, Gov. Wolf cautioned that mask-wearing, social distancing and business adherence to all safety orders are still imperative.

“We’ve come so far and now is not the time to stop the safety measures we have in place to protect ourselves, our families and our communities,” Gov. Wolf said. “Keep wearing a mask, social distancing, and, please, get vaccinated when it’s your turn.”

Find more on the restaurant self-certification process here.

COVID relief grant for hospitality businesses opens March 15 (3/8)

Click here for the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP) Guidelines

LEWISBURG – A new COVID relief grant for eligible hospitality industry businesses opens for applications March 15.

Businesses can apply at the Community Giving Foundation’s web site at www.csgiving.org from March 15 until the funds are exhausted or June 15, 2021.

Counties across the region have contracted with SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) to manage their $1 million grant program on their behalf. SEDA-COG will receive the applications and determine eligibility and grant amounts in partnership with Harry Mathias, a contractor with SEDA-COG who also served as a former math teacher and Central Columbia Schools superintendent. SEDA-COG also will disburse the funds to awarded businesses.

Mike Fisher, SEDA-COG assistant executive director, said SEDA-COG is honored to partner with its counties on this effort to help the local hospitality industry.

“We are honored to be able to further assist our counties in this way. We know that the economic effects of the pandemic have crippled our local hospitality industry, so we trust this will alleviate some of that pain. This pandemic has left gaping holes of need and we are here to help our communities and businesses meet those needs,” Fisher said.

Eligible hospitality industry businesses include hotels, restaurants, bars, and taverns. These businesses must fall within eligible industry codes which include the Accommodations subsector (721) or Food Services and Drinking Places subsector (722).

Eligibility includes, but is not limited to, having fewer than 300 full-time employees; a net worth that does not exceed $15 million; a 25% reduction in gross receipts in 2020 compared to 2019; and be located within: Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, or Union counties.

Priority will be given to businesses that did not already receive COVID relief funds; that were subject to closure following the disaster emergency declared by Gov. Tom Wolf on March 6, 2020; and had more than a 50% reduction in gross receipts from March 31, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020 compared to the same time period in 2019. For a full listing of eligibility requirements and prioritization guidelines, visit www.csgiving.org.

The grant program was created from Act 1 of 2021, which was passed Feb. 5. Statewide, it provides $145 million in funding assistance to the hospitality industry businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through the state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

For more information, contact SEDA-COG Grants Manager Betsy Lockwood at 570-522-7265 or elockwood@seda-cog.org.

As a community and economic development agency, SEDA-COG enhances the quality of life and economic advantage for residents and businesses in 11 central Pennsylvania counties through its vital partnerships and initiatives. SEDA-COG also is an advocate for the interests of its communities at the state and federal levels. For more information, visit www.seda-cog.org.

Economic Recovery Business Survey reminder (3/8)

Below is a link to an Economic Recovery Business Survey that the House Republican Caucus is conducting to hear from small business owners, seeking solutions on how to get them back to a profitable business and move Pennsylvania’s economy forward after the economic impacts from COVID-19. The survey will be accessible until March 19  at the following link: http://www.pahousegop.com/businesssurvey

Businesses: Survey open for more COVID assistance (3/1)

LEWISBURG -Businesses in an 11-county region have the opportunity to complete a COVID-19 impact survey whose results will help SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) further respond to the needs of businesses during this time.

The survey has been developed to gauge the impact of the pandemic on overall business operations, as well as if and how businesses have successfully adjusted.

The survey questions include, but are not limited to, if the business and their staff have adequate internet access; adaptations they’ve made; types of services and assistance they need; and if they are interested in collaborating with other business owners.

It takes less than 10 minutes to complete and businesses are asked to complete the survey by April 15.

Businesses should be located within the following counties: Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, and Union.

SEDA-COG is a Lewisburg-based agency that builds strong economies and communities by partnering with, investing in, and revitalizing local companies and communities.

Betsy Lockwood, SEDA-COG grants manager, said this is a tool to provide further assistance to businesses.

“While we have helped hundreds of businesses since the start of COVID-19, we created this survey realizing that businesses are still struggling one year into the pandemic. It is essential to capture the type of help and level of assistance businesses in our region need to continue fostering our local economy. The results also will identify ongoing and future responses needed during these unprecedented times,” Lockwood said. “The pandemic has created large gaps of need, and one of SEDA-COG’s primary roles is to bridge those gaps and help businesses and communities to meet their needs and empower them to reach their goals.”

The survey can be taken at http://bit.ly/37K4vII.

For more information about the survey, contact Frankie Hockenbrocht at fhockenbrocht@seda-cog.org or 570-522-7289.

As a community and economic development agency, SEDA-COG enhances the quality of life and economic advantage for residents and businesses in 11 central Pennsylvania counties through its vital partnerships and initiatives. SEDA-COG also is an advocate for the interests of its communities at the state and federal levels. For more information, visit www.seda-cog.org.

Gov. Wolf Revises Mitigation Order on Gatherings and Lifts Out-of-State Travel Restrictions (3/1)

HARRISBURG – As COVID-19 cases continue to decline and the state’s vaccination plan is amplified, the Wolf Administration announced revised and lifted mitigation restrictions that are effective statewide today.

“Pennsylvania is taking a measured approach to revising or lifting mitigation orders,” Gov. Wolf said. “The reason we are seeing cases drop can be attributed, in part, to people following the mitigation efforts we have in place. Mask-wearing, social distancing and hand hygiene are making a difference and need to continue even as we see more and more people fully vaccinated. We need to balance protecting public health with leading the state to a robust economic recovery. We are lifting mitigation efforts only when we believe it is safe to do so.”

The revised mitigations restrictions announced today include:

  • Revised maximum occupancy limits for indoor events to allow for 15% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size. Core public health measures such as face covering (mask-wearing), social distancing, and hand hygiene still must be enforced. The 15% of maximum occupancy is permitted only if attendees and workers are able to comply with the 6-foot physical distancing requirement.
  • Revised maximum occupancy limits for outdoor events to allow for 20% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size. Core public health measures such as face covering (mask-wearing), social distancing, and hand hygiene still must be enforced. The 20% of maximum occupancy is permitted only if attendees and workers are able to comply with the 6-foot physical distancing requirement.
  • Eliminate out-of-state travel restrictions.  In November, the Department of Health provided an updated travel order requiring anyone over the age of 11 who visits from another state to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or place themselves in a travel quarantine for 14 days upon entering Pennsylvania. Today, this order was rescinded. The current downward trend of cases nationwide and implementation of testing requirements and universal face covering on public transportation and transportation hubs are reducing the risk that interstate travel is a vector of disease transmission.

Along with these changes, there is caution. Reduced cases, hospitalizations and deaths, and the more than 2.3 million vaccinations are good signs, but the CDC advises that now is not the time to introduce expansive loosening of mitigation efforts known to put people at more risk. New cases of variants continue to appear, and some experts warn of a fourth surge in cases.

The state considered broad range of data for today’s announcement and when considering lifting additional restrictions including (all data is as of Feb. 26):

  • Percent of population receiving at least one dose of vaccine: 14 percent of the population under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health has received at least one dose of vaccine; if you remove those under age 16, the percentage increases to 16.9.
  • Percent positivity; this stands at 6.3%
  • The incidence rate per 100,000 residents; this stands at 101.3 over a 7-day period; and
  • Hospital bed capacity (availability) stands at 41%.

The Governor’s revised order on travel can be found here.

The Governor’s order for mitigation, enforcement and immunity protections can be found here.

The Acting Secretary of Health’s revised order on gatherings can be found here.

The Acting Secretary of Health’s order rescinding travel restrictions can be found here.

Find FAQs for the mitigation order changes here.

More information is available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Homelessness prevention grant open to Milton Residents (2/24)

MILTON – Residents at risk of losing their housing in Milton may be eligible to receive up to $5,000 to prevent homelessness.

The Resident Subsistence Program is being offered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to support hard-hit residents and is funded with a Northumberland County entitlement Community Development Block Grant-CARES Act (CDBG-CV).

The grants can be used to pay utility payments to prevent cutoff of service and rent/mortgage payments to prevent eviction.

Each eligible family may receive up to $5,000, paid directly to the mortgage holder, landlord, or utility company on their behalf. Funds will not be given directly to families. Assistance is available for up to 100 days per family.

Applications will be accepted beginning February 22, 2021. While there is no deadline to apply, the program is on a first-come, first-serve basis and ends when the funds are spent.

The Salvation Army will provide the grants to Milton- residents, as allocated by the Borough of Milton. The Salvation Army is managing the program on behalf of the Borough. SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) is administering the CDBG funds and ensuring compliance.

Applicants must be at risk of losing their housing and must provide documentation of it. Assistance can be made to families whose income is at or below the HUD Section 8 income limits for Northumberland County at the time of application. Applicants must complete an income verification interview to qualify for this program.

For more information or to set up an appointment to apply, Milton residents may contact Valerie Harris at (570)742-4231 or email Valerie.Harris@USE.SalvationArmy.org.

SEDA-COG’s Community Development program administers 14 CDBG contracts for 28 communities. Over 35 years, the program has secured $120 billion for over 1,000 projects with its 12 dedicated staff.

As a community and economic development agency, SEDA-COG enhances the quality of life and economic advantage for residents and businesses in 11 central Pennsylvania counties through its vital partnerships and initiatives. SEDA-COG also is an advocate for the interests of its communities at the state and federal levels. For more information, visit www.seda-cog.org.

rabbittransit Provides Free COVID-19 Vaccination Transportation (2/16)

SUNBURY – rabbittransit is offering shared ride transportation service to any community member who needs transportation to and from their scheduled COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

As the COVID vaccine continues to become more available, rabbittransit is dedicated to ensuring that transportation is not a barrier in getting vaccinated and is ready to assist the community with transportation to reach their vaccine appointments. rabbittransit is offering FREE shared ride service for area residents for COVID vaccines. Advance reservations are required. Residents will need to call rabbittransit no later than noon the business day prior to their appointment. rabbittransit staff will assist individuals in the reservation process.

To assist in our transportation efforts, rabbittransit has partnered with area organizations to off-set cost. One example is in Union, Snyder and Northumberland Counties, the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way will support the cost of transportation to and from the COVID-19 vaccination site for individuals who do not qualify for a traditional transit program.

When scheduling a shared ride trip to a vaccination site, riders must have a confirmed COVID-19 appointment at the location they are requesting transportation. If you are in need of transportation to a COVID vaccination site, contact the rabbittransit Call Center at 1-800-632-9063.

Evangelical Community Hospital Temporarily Suspends COVID-19 Vaccine Registration (1/29)

LEWISBURG – Evangelical Community Hospital has temporarily suspended COVID-19 vaccine registration due to uncertainty of future vaccine supplies. The suspension goes into effect noon Jan. 29.

The Vaccine Team has been working diligently to answer as many calls and schedule as many qualifying individuals as possible. To date appointments have been scheduled through the end of March.

A wait list will continue to be created that will be used if and when vaccine registration resumes. Individuals qualifying for Phase 1A can access the wait list through our website: https://www.evanhospital.com/virus or by calling the hotline (570-522-4530, option 1).

The hotline remains available for questions about the vaccine, questions about previously scheduled appointments and cancellation of appointments. The hotline will now be staffed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Homelessness prevention grant open to Sunbury & Bloomsburg residents (1/26)

SUNBURY/BLOOMSBURG – Residents at risk of losing their housing in the City of Sunbury or the Town of Bloomsburg may be eligible to receive up to $5,000 to prevent homelessness.

The Resident Subsistence Program is being offered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to support hard-hit residents. It is funded with a $73,554 entitlement Community Development Block Grant-CARES Act (CDBG-CV) in Sunbury and a $119,770 entitlement CDBG-CV in Bloomsburg.

The grants can be used to pay utility payments to prevent cutoff of service and rent/mortgage payments to prevent eviction. The need for assistance must be directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic – loss of income caused by the shutdown or mitigation efforts.

Each eligible family may receive up to $5,000, paid directly to the mortgage holder, landlord, or utility company on their behalf. Funds will not be given directly to families. Assistance is available for up to 100 days per family.

Applications will be accepted starting Feb. 1. While there is no deadline to apply, the program is on a first-come, first-serve basis and ends when the funds are spent.

Central Susquehanna Opportunities Inc. (CSO) will provide the grants to Sunbury residents, as allocated by the City of Sunbury. CSO is managing the program on behalf of the city. SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) is administering the CDBG funds and ensuring compliance.

AGAPE will provide the grants to Bloomsburg residents, as allocated by the Town of Bloomsburg. AGAPE is managing the program on behalf of the town. SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) is administering the CDBG funds and ensuring compliance.

Applicants must be at risk of losing their housing. Homeowners must provide documentation from the mortgage holder showing payments in arrears and renters must sign the self-certification eviction form. Assistance can be made to families whose income is at or below the HUD Section 8 income limits for Northumberland County at the time of application. Applicants must complete an income verification interview to qualify for this program.

For more information or to set up an appointment to apply, Sunbury residents may contact Andrea Kehler Herb at 570-644-6575 ext. 119, cell 570-917-3091, or via e-mail at akehler@censop.com. Bloomsburg residents may contact Karen Heap at 570-317-2210.

SEDA-COG’s Community Development program administers 14 CDBG contracts for 28 communities. Over 35 years, the program has secured $120 billion for over 1,000 projects with its 12 dedicated staff.

As a community and economic development agency, SEDA-COG enhances the quality of life and economic advantage for residents and businesses in 11 central Pennsylvania counties through its vital partnerships and initiatives. SEDA-COG also is an advocate for the interests of its communities at the state and federal levels. For more information, visit www.seda-cog.org.

Small business support grant open to Sunbury businesses (1/26)

SUNBURY – Small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the City of Sunbury may be eligible to receive up to $7,500 to assist in economic recovery.

The Small Business Support Grant Program is being offered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to support hard-hit businesses and is funded with a $40,000 entitlement Community Development Block Grant-CARES Act (CDBG-CV). Eligible businesses must be located in the city limits of the City of Sunbury and be able to document negative impacts of the COVID-19 shutdown/mitigation efforts.

The grants can be used to pay utility payments, rent/mortgage payments, payroll, inventory and supplies, and marketing/advertising costs as relief for the negative impacts COVID-19 has had on the business. Applicants are required to declare all other programs and awards they have received in response to the coronavirus to ensure there will be no duplication of benefits.

Applications can be found at www.sunburypa.org or https://sunburyrevitalization.org.

Applications will be accepted from Feb. 1 to 28. Awards will be made in March 2021.

Sunbury Revitalization Inc. (SRI) will provide the grants to Sunbury businesses, as allocated by the City of Sunbury. SRI is managing the program on behalf of the city. Sunbury Revitalization Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting economic development, instilling pride, and fostering a sense of community in the City of Sunbury and the surrounding area.

SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) is administering the CDBG funds and ensuring compliance.

For more information, Sunbury businesses may contact City Administrator Derrick Backer at 570-286-7820 or dbacker@sunburypa.org.

Evangelical Community Hospital Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Registration

LEWISBURG – On Jan. 25, Evangelical Community Hospital opened its new registration process for individuals eligible for Phase 1A of the PA Department of Health’s vaccination plan. Phase 1A includes healthcare workers, long-term care facility residents, individuals 65 and older, and individuals 16-64 with certain high-risk conditions.

Eligible recipients should call 570-522-4530, then press 1, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 am-6 pm. Calls to this number will only be answered during the hours specified and will be answered by a live operator.

Established patients of any Family Medicine of Evangelical or Internal Medicine of Evangelical practice who are 65 and older or 16-64 with a qualifying condition can also call their primary care office to register for their vaccination.

The Hospital is only vaccinating individuals and organizations qualifying for Phase 1A of the Pennsylvania Department of Health vaccination plan. There is no timeline for members of the general public who are 64 or younger with no qualifying conditions.

“We are encouraged by the number of individuals who have shown interest in receiving the vaccination as this is a key step in combating COVID-19 in our community,” said Brian Wolfe, Vice President of Clinic and Physician Practices, Evangelical Community Hospital. “Our systems are in place to begin serving the expanded population eligible for the vaccine. We do ask for patience as we work through the list of people who are eligible.”

Due to the number of individuals now qualifying for Phase 1A of the state’s vaccination plan, non-healthcare workers will be assessed an administrative fee for vaccination.

For more information, please visit www.evanhospital.com/virus. This information includes what is needed at the time of vaccination, guidance on what to do after receiving the vaccine, and answers to other frequently asked questions.

GSV Vaccine Task Force releases statement, launches web site

SUNBURY – The recently formed Greater Susquehanna Valley COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force releases the following statement related to vaccinations in our region:

“We recognize that there has been much confusion around the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. While there are many rules and procedures in place to ensure the most effective and efficient distribution, there are always challenges with such a wide-scale project.

Over the past few weeks, there has been concern around who, when, and how people can get the vaccine. We have created a Greater Susquehanna Valley COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force. The purpose of this committee is to ensure that everyone is working together in a coordinated fashion. Our goal is to make sure all who are interested and able can get the COVID-19 vaccine, with those who are most at-risk first.

There is still uncertainty and a limited number of vaccines, so we kindly ask for your patience and trust in our leaders as we move forward. We advocate for continuing to deliver the vaccine in cooperative approach. Additionally, we hope to offer clarity, peace of mind, and the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 vaccine.”

To better communicate information about the vaccine, the task force has created a COVID-19 Vaccine website for the local counties. On the site, visitors can find simple, up-to-date information about the vaccine in our area. Visit vaccine-gsv.org to learn more.

The Greater Susquehanna Valley COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force consists of the following partners: the county leadership and emergency management directors of Northumberland, Snyder, and Union Counties, the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Evangelical Community Hospital, Family Practice Centers, Geisinger Health System, Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way, Northumberland County Agency on Aging, Primary Health Network, Union-Snyder Community Action Agency, and the Union-Snyder Agency on Aging, Inc.

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Below are links to register for one of the upcoming SBA Emergency Loans Webinars to help small businesses in applying and/or have questions related to the Paycheck Protection Program or Economic Injury Disaster Loan.

Jan. 21: https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/27650

Jan. 28: https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/27651

Feb. 4: https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/27652

Feb. 11: https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/27653

Feb. 18: https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/27654

Feb. 25: https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/27655

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Click here for information from the state Department of Health on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout

As stated on the web site: “This is an interim vaccine plan from the department. Many components of the COVID-19 vaccine plan remain fluid and continue to be modified and adapted as more announcements and decisions are made at the federal level. The department is continuing to receive feedback and will be modifying this plan and posting public updates to this in the coming weeks.”

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U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Treasury announce PPP Re-opening; Issue new guidance (1/8/21)

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13.  The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. Updated PPP guidance outlining Program changes to enhance its effectiveness and accessibility was released on January 6 in accordance with the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Venues Act.

This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

“The historically successful Paycheck Protection Program served as an economic lifeline to millions of small businesses and their employees when they needed it most,” said Administrator Jovita Carranza.  “Today’s guidance builds on the success of the program and adapts to the changing needs of small business owners by providing targeted relief and a simpler forgiveness process to ensure their path to recovery.”

“The Paycheck Protection Program has successfully provided 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion to America’s small businesses, supporting more than 51 million jobs,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.  “This updated guidance enhances the PPP’s targeted relief to small businesses most impacted by COVID-19.  We are committed to implementing this round of PPP quickly to continue supporting American small businesses and their workers.”

Key PPP updates include:

  • PPP borrowers can set their PPP loan’s covered period to be any length between 8 and 24 weeks to best meet their business needs;
  • PPP loans will cover additional expenses, including operations expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs, and worker protection expenditures;
  • The Program’s eligibility is expanded to include 501(c)(6)s, housing cooperatives, destination marketing organizations, among other types of organizations;
  • The PPP provides greater flexibility for seasonal employees;
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers can request to modify their First Draw PPP Loan amount; and
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers are now eligible to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

A borrower is generally eligible for a Second Draw PPP Loan if the borrower:

  • Previously received a First Draw PPP Loan and will or has used the full amount only for authorized uses;
  • Has no more than 300 employees; and
  • Can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020.

The new guidance released includes:

For more information on SBA’s assistance to small businesses, visit sba.gov/ppp or treasury.gov/cares.

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Below are two links to aid members directly affected by Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts in effect from Dec. 12 to Jan. 4.

Support local businesses here: https://centralpachamber.com/businesses/

Buy PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) here: https://centralpachamber.com/supplies/

Gov. Wolf, Sec. of Health Announce New Protective Mitigation Efforts to Put Pennsylvania on Pause through Early January (12/10/20)

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PPL Electric Utilities shares that the National Minority Supplier Development Council is offering a Rebuilding Fund Grant. These funds are intended for structural repairs, inventory recovery and other operational improvements needed as a result of the economic downturn caused by COVID-19 and/or damage and vandalism from recent social unrest. Applications must be submitted by Dec. 15. Click here for the grant application.

Columbia County COVID-19 Relief Block Grant (Small Business/Tourism Grant Program)

Grant applications must be completed and submitted through the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation’s grant websiteThe deadline to apply is MONDAY, NOV. 9, 2020 at 11:59pm, online. For questions about the online grant application, contact Christine Orlando, CSCF Senior Program Officer at corlando@csgiving.org or 570-752-3930 ext. 2.

Preview the application here. Please note: This PDF is a sample of the application only. No paper applications will be accepted. All submissions must be made online.

It is the intent of the Columbia County Commissioner’s Small Business/Tourism Grant to provide qualifying businesses a grant equal to five months of the business’ fixed cost budget, with a maximum grant amount of $20,000. A statutory clause states that “priority” is to be given to businesses that did not receive a loan or grant through the Federal Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Disaster Loan Program. Therefore, those business’ fixed cost calculation will be adjusted upward by 5%.

The County Commissioners have set aside a fund of $225,000 for this grant program. If sufficient funds are not available to fully fund the intended target, all qualifying businesses will receive a pro-rata share of the $225,000 set aside amount. For purposes of this grant, “fixed cost” is defined as base costs involved in operating the business and will consist of:

  • Rental lease/mortgage payments
  • Property and liability insurance costs
  • Property taxes (if paid by the business)
  • Utilities to operate the business facility
  • Lost inventory due to the COVID-19 emergency

Qualifications

Who is eligible?

  • Any for-profit businesses or individuals doing business as businesses with base location in Columbia County, PA
  • One Owner per business may apply
  • Businesses who applied and were approved or denied for funding through Grantround #1 in August 2020 are not eligible to reapply again in Grantround #2

Approval Requirements:

  • Must be in business by March 1, 2019 and still in business on July 1, 2020
  • Must intend to stay in business through at least July 1, 2021
  • Total employees less than 100 OR entity primarily engaged in the Tourism industry
  • Business must be based in Columbia County, PA
  • Net Profit in March 1 – June 30, 2020 window must be less than Net Profit in March 1 – June 30, 2019 window
  • Must not owe federal, state or local taxes
  • Must not be subject to criminal justice process as per the question in the application

Required Documentation:

  • Most recently filed federal tax return
  • Entity documents including DBA or FBN certificate and proof of ownership
  • Business License (if sole proprietor)
  • Government Issued ID
  • Evidence of fixed costs including: mortgage/rent/lease payments, utility costs, license fees, property tax bills, property and liability insurance bills, attest to any inventory lost

*GRANT PROGRAM GUIDELINES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Application window open for Snyder County entities to apply for COVID relief funds (extended to Oct. 30)

Snyder County Eligibility Requirements and Grant Application Forms

Union County Commissioners announces Phase 2 of Union County CARES Small Business/Non-profit Recovery Sustainability Fund (Sept. 14)

Union County CARES Small Business Non-profit Recovery & Sustainability Fund (Grant applications accepted between 12 p.m. Sept. 14 and 12 p.m. Sept. 30)

Union County CARES printable packet of information (paper application is an example only; call Tea Jay Aikey at 570-742-7341 if you need assistance with the application)

Gov. Wolf Announces Restaurants May Increase Indoor Occupancy to 50 Percent Starting Sept. 21

Union County Commissioners approve over $1.67 million to 136 small businesses and non-profits via Union County CARES

SEDA-COG announced that certain Lycoming County-based small business/organizations will be able to apply for COVID relief funds from the CARES Act. Grants from $5,000-$50,000 will be awarded. The application window is from Aug. 31 through Sept. 18. Three informational Zoom sessions have been scheduled on Sept. 2.

To learn more, click here: http://www.lyco.org/covidrelief

State Rep. Lynda Culver released a statement on Facebook regarding the “COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grant” – “Recently, businesses throughout the Commonwealth were awarded COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grants. In the time since, we have noticed some confusion regarding how these grants are distributed. These grants act as a reimbursement for businesses who provide hazard pay to their workers, and would be distributed to those companies only after their employees are paid. Documentation of such pay would be required to receive the reimbursement grants. These funds are not meant to be directly used as hazard pay, per se, but rather to reimburse companies who choose to provide hazard pay of their own volition.” The grant application period closed in July.

$96 million awarded to businesses, second and final round open through Aug. 28

Northumberland County – COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant announcement

Northumberland County – Coronavirus Relief Fund, Guidance for State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal Governments

Northumberland County – COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant Coronavirus Response CARES Act Needs Assessment (downloadable Word file)

SEDA-COG awarded $6.3 million for small business relief (loans starting at $10,000)

Gov. Wolf Announces Targeted Mitigation Efforts in Response to Recent COVID Case Increases *7/15/20

 

Members providing services to help you reopen

MaxWorx (Hope Enterprises) – Have your facility disinfected within 24-48 hour notice

Keystone Advertising Specialties – Reopening supplies

Safeguard Business Systems – Reopening supplies

Decal Dynasty – Signage

T-Ross Brothers Construction, Inc. – Sneeze Guard & Protection Panel Installation

United Plate Glass – Plexiglass in stock and custom glass sneeze guards

The UPS Store – A variety of printing services

North Central Sign Services – Hand sanitizer and disposable masks

Process to Reopen Pennsylvania

Process to Reopen PA *updated 8/4/20

Guidance for Businesses Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency to Ensure the Safety and Health of Employees and the Public *updated 7/20/20

CDC – Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces (Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, Homes)

PA Chamber of Business & Industry – Bringing PA Back web site

U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Ready to Reopen: A Playbook for Your Small Business

Plan for PA *based on Gov. Wolf’s announcement 4/17

A Plan for Pennsylvanians

A Plan for Pennsylvania’s Businesses

A Plan for Pennsylvania’s Health Care Systems and Providers

Phased approach planned for reopening *update 4/22

PA Starts Up Safely Framework (an overview by U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey) *As of 4/22

Cares Act

Loans

The following financial institutions are currently accepting new members to help with financial assistance programs related to COVID-19.

Pinpoint Federal Credit Union, 603 Center St., Milton, PA 17847 / 570-742-3903 (Brenda Raker or Lynn Swank)

Service 1st Federal Credit Union, 1985 Montour Blvd., Danville, PA 17821 / 570-271-7579 (Scot Temple)

State-Level Loans

COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (for businesses with a 100 or fewer FT employees)

CWCA Loan Disbursements April 2020 *As of 4/27

Federal-Level Loans

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application

Businesses may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or by e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be returned to the local DLOC or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications is Dec. 21, 2020.

Click here for details from the SBA

Assistance with securing loans

Guide to SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

Loan Training Webinars for Small Business

SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) can help direct and offer guidance to central Pennsylvania businesses. Contact Doug Wilburn, director of Business Finance, at 570-524-4491 or dwilburn@seda-cog.org.

Businesses may also contact the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop at business.dced@pa.gov or call 1-833-722-6778, option 0.

Central PA Chamber’s Pledged Asset Loan (PAL) program

Eligible members can receive “gap loans” when attempting to secure a loan with an eligible financial institution.

SEDA-COG EDA COVID-19 Loan Program (for businesses in Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder and Union counties)

Grants

Northumberland County – COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant announcement

Northumberland County – Coronavirus Relief Fund, Guidance for State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal Governments

Northumberland County – COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant Coronavirus Response CARES Act Needs Assessment (downloadable Word file)

Union County CARES Small Business Non-profit Recovery & Sustainability Fund (Grant applications accepted between 7 a.m. Aug. 6 and 7 p.m. Aug. 17)

COVID-19 Common Application Phase II Grant Opportunity ($5,000-$50,000+ for local non-profits)

COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grant

Gov. Wolf Announces $225 Million Grant Program for Small Businesses

COVID-19 Business for All Emergency Grant ($10,000)

Small Business Recovery Fund (Grants up to $10,000)

Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund

PA 30 Fund (Up to $3,000 to small businesses)

The Red Backpack Fund ($5,000 for Female Entrepreneurs)

Hairdressers at Heart COVID-19 Crisis Relief Program ($1,000)

Other forms of assistance

Need help setting up a video meeting? (e.g. Zoom, Google Hangout) Contact Scott Kramer at SEDA-COG. E-mail SKramer@seda-cog.org or call 570-522-7332 or 570-898-6270.

Employment-related Issues

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Employees

If you are employed in Pennsylvania and are unable to work because of COVID-19, you may be eligible for Unemployment or Workers’ Compensation benefits. Click here

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for individuals who have traditionally been ineligible for unemployment benefits

Unemployment Compensation Fraud

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Workers Impacted

Employee Paid Leave Rights

COVID-19 Employment Opportunities

Employers

Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave Provided by Small and Midsize Businesses FAQs

Employer Paid Leave Requirements

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Workplace Poster

If you have further questions, call 202-693-4600 or e-mail the U.S. Department of Labor at OCIACongressionalNotifications@dol.gov.

Additional Information

Unfamiliar with Unemployment Compensation (UC)?

Shared-Work Program (an alternative to layoffs)

COVID-19 Information for Businesses

Guidance for Employers

Coronavirus and the Workplace – Compliance Issues for Employers

IRS Issues Guidance on Tax Credits for Coronavirus Paid Leave

Business Operations

List of businesses that may or may not continue physical operations *as of 5/28/20

“Private businesses, organizations, and other noncompliant entities face possible criminal penalties under the Administrative Code of 1929, 71 P.S. § 1409 and/or the Pennsylvania Disease Prevention and Control Law of 1955, 35 P.S. § 521.20(a). Both violations are summary offenses punishable by fines and even jail time. Violators may also be subject to additional administrative penalties under certain circumstances.” – Col. Robert Evanchick, Commissioner for the Pennsylvania State Police (WKOK)

Questions about your business/organization? Call 1-877-PA-HEALTH, option 1 or e-mail ra-dcedcs@pa.gov.

COVID-19 Guidance for Retail Workers (OSHA)

State Department of Health – FAQs on safety measures

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Comment from the Central PA Chamber…

“Recently, the Central PA Chamber of Commerce has been asked how it’s been able to host in-person events, as recently as Dec. 4 with a Breakfast Briefing.

Since reopening its office in the beginning of June, the Central PA Chamber has requested all members and guests of its facility to follow all official state/federal guidelines related to COVID-19. This has continued through to the present time. For instance, face coverings are worn by guests, who are given the option to remove them while seated and eating breakfast, similar to how it works in a restaurant setting.

At the event, upon arrival there is hand sanitizer available not only at registration, but where the gathering occurs, too. Bathrooms are also conveniently located for hand washing.

In addition, breakfast is served by staff only, who are wearing masks and gloves the entire time they are around the food. Utensils are individually wrapped and only handled by the individual guests. In addition, the beverage area is located in a different room. This also helps avoid the chance of a line forming.

In “The Smith Training Center”, where the event is held, tables are spaced out to promote social distancing. Overall attendance at this event has been drastically reduced to keep with the state/federal COVID-19 guidelines.

Just recently, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), who regularly attends the Breakfast Briefings, made a comment after attending the most recent event.

“I enjoy the Breakfast Briefings that you and the staff hold regularly. It is so important and very difficult in this time of COVID to keep in touch and be able to market safely. I applaud your efforts and dedication to keeping all members and visitors who attend safe and protected. I find myself comfortable with the way you have set things up. “Thank you, again, for providing a safe environment for me to continue to network. I appreciate it!!!”

If you should have any questions or concerns about any activities at the Central PA Chamber of Commerce you are always encouraged to contact President & CEO Tea Jay Aikey at 570-742-7341.”

Tax-related information

Pennsylvania Department of Revenue

In a position to help?

The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development – in collaboration with its strategic partners – wants to mobilize manufacturers that can produce critical medical supplies and products in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a current manufacturer of supplies and products or can pivot your existing manufacturing capabilities to meet the necessary demand, they want to hear from you!

Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action Portal

Questions? E-mail: RA-DCEDPAMCTAP@pa.gov

Companies seeking to Import or Manufacture Medical Products to Aid the U.S. Response to COVID-19: 

If a company would like to import or produce medical products to help with the COVID-19 response, send these inquiries to FEMA at  covidsupplies@fema.dhs.gov. Include as many details as possible about the request (e.g., manufacturer name, address, product and model number) and contact information for the company, either an agent in the U.S. or the company itself.

If companies have medical supplies or equipment to donatee-mail FEMA’s National Business Emergency Operations Center at nbeoc@fema.dhs.gov. For additional information, see www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help.

The White House has further inquired about component parts to aid the nation’s COVID-19 response:

The National Association of Manufacturers is aiming to quickly collect information about your potential to donate, produce and ship components. Click here to take the survey

Evangelical Community Hospital

Financial Support, Goods and Services

Anyone wishing to donate funds to support the Hospital should mail a check to Evangelical Community Hospital, Attention: Development, 1 Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837 or complete the online donation form at www.evanhospital.com/support.

Anyone wishing to donate new or unused supplies, food items, or services, should contact Donna Schuck, Associate Vice President of Development, at 570-522-2596 or e-mail donna.schuck@evanhospital.com.

Food Donations

Anyone who would like to donate food to Evangelical staff on duty is asked to call 570-522-4056 to arrange delivery.

Words of Encouragement

To send an e-mail and/or attach cards and pictures to offer encouragement to staff at Evangelical Community Hospital, e-mail: together@evanhospital.com. E-mails are fed into a library on Evan’s portal so staff can look at the messages and pictures.

Pennsylvania Animal Response Team

They are working with the government and non-profit partners to prepare to provide pet supplies to quarantined or home-bound Pennsylvanians, and to provide temporary sheltering for pets of first responders or those who are hospitalized or otherwise unable to care for them.

To that end, they have designed a survey to develop a list of pet food stores, veterinary clinics, kennels, pet food banks and other resources for animals that may be willing to assist in this crisis. If you would like to assist, please, fill out the survey.

Non-profit Support

Central Susquehanna Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania COVID-19 United Community Funds

General Information (symptoms, prevention, confirmed cases, etc.)

Federal Level

State Level

Need to make a general inquiry? E-mail: RA-DHCOVIDQUESTIONS@pa.gov

Guidance on making a homemade mask

Evangelical Community Hospital COVID-19 Hotline *as of March 31
 
Community members with health and wellness questions related to COVID-19 or Hospital operation questions should call 570-522-4530. The phones will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Rumors

Heard a rumor? Click here

Additional Resources

Online Training Courses

Bucknell SBDC (Small Business Development Center)

SEDA-COG (Council of Governments)

Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation (CPWDC)

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry

Centers for Disease Center (CDC) COVID-19 Guidance Documents

Lewisburg Downtown Partnership *As of 4/21