Below is helpful information and resources for businesses, employees and the general public in regard to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Check back for updates!
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 website. The 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 email@example.com 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
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
- 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
- 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.
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.
Members providing services to help you reopen
Process to Reopen Pennsylvania
Plan for PA *based on Gov. Wolf’s announcement 4/17
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)
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Assistance with securing loans
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 email@example.com.
Businesses may also contact the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-833-722-6778, option 0.
Eligible members can receive “gap loans” when attempting to secure a loan with an eligible financial institution.
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.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
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
If you have further questions, call 202-693-4600 or e-mail the U.S. Department of Labor at OCIACongressionalNotifications@dol.gov.
“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 email@example.com.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 donate, e-mail FEMA’s National Business Emergency Operations Center at email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.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.
General Information (symptoms, prevention, confirmed cases, etc.)
Need to make a general inquiry? E-mail: RA-DHCOVIDQUESTIONS@pa.gov
Heard a rumor? Click here
Lewisburg Downtown Partnership *As of 4/21