Westmoreland CARES Small Business Support Grant

Westmoreland CARES Small Business Support Grant

The applications for the Westmoreland CARES Small Business Support Grant Program are now closed. 

Congratulations to the Westmoreland County CARES Small Business Grant First Round Recipients

The Westmoreland County Board of Commissioners has allocated $5 million to the Westmoreland County Small Business Support Grant Program.   The program will provide up to $25,000, or 25% of  calculated loss due to COVID-19, whichever is less, to small businesses in the County that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis. 

Grant eligibility requirements and Frequently Asked Questions are being made available in advance of the application period to allow Westmoreland County small businesses the opportunity to determine if they are eligible to participate in the Program and to gather the required documents.  

Please understand that it is anticipated that this will be a competitive funding round.

Grant Program Timeline

Thursday, July 16, 2020 — Grant Program Announcement and information release.

Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 10 AM —Period to submit Grant Applications will be open. Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 5 PM—Period to submit Grant Applications will be closed. Applications for the grant will not be accepted after this time.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Small businesses include sole proprietors – self-employed and individual/single-owner LLC; Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Partnerships. 
  • Applicants are and/or were negatively impacted by COVID-19, including loss of revenue and declines in cash reserves.
  • Applicants must have less than 100 employees to be considered, per Act 24.
  • Applicants must have been formed and in operation no later than December 31, 2018.
  • Applicants must be a for-profit business head quartered and operated in Westmoreland County.
  • Franchises must have less than 15 employees.
  • Applicants that have accepted or received funding from the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan are eligible, but the level of funding received will impact the applicant’s competitiveness.

How can the funds be used?

Per current statutory provisions and federal and Commonwealth guidance relating to Pennsylvania Act 24 of 2020 (“Act 24”), the Pennsylvania COVID-19 – County Relief Block Grant Program, and the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) Coronavirus Relief Fund, funds can be used to cover working capital costs necessary to maintaining a business during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Funding may not be used to pay owner’s salary or pay the owner outright. Applicants are required to provide details as to how the award will be used. Grant funding can also be used for costs of items needed to operate safely during COVID-19 and meet public health requirements (masks, barriers, signage, gloves, etc.) to the extent not compensated by another funding program.

Non-exclusive examples of eligible uses include: 

  • Payroll (preference will be given to those applicants that did not receive Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) funds)
  • Rent/Mortgage
  • PPE and other COVID-19 related supplies
  • Operating expenses

Required Documents

  • Complete copies of corporate or partnership federal tax returns from 2018 AND 2019Individuals (Sole proprietor, Individual/Single-Owner LLC) should submit copies of 2018 and 2019 Individual Income Tax Return (Form 1040) including Schedule C. If 2019 federal tax return has not yet been completed, applicant will need to submit an internally prepared statement of profit and loss to have details showing at least the information shown on a tax return.
  • 2020 Year-to-Date Financial Statements. 
  • Completed W-9 Form.
  • January—June profit and loss for 2019 and 2020.
  • Employee headcount as of March 1 and July 1, 2020.
  • Monthly budget or financial projections for the period July 1 – December 30, 2020.
  • A signed and completed application. 
  • Any additional documentation to support a calculated loss due to COVID-19.

Ineligible Applicants

  • Businesses not headquartered in Westmoreland County, PA.
  • Businesses that did not experience revenue loss due to COVID-19 and/or businesses that have no additional costs associated with the pandemic. 
  • Businesses that were not operational by December 31, 2018.
  • Passive businesses such as commercial or residential landlords.
  • Government or government-owned entities.
  • Non-Profits and for-profit businesses with a direct tie to a non-profit.
  • Private clubs/businesses that limit membership for reasons other than capacity.
  • Businesses primarily engaged in lobbying or political activities.
  • Businesses NOT compliant with all federal, state & local laws, including taxation.
  • Businesses that are delinquent in the payment of real estate taxes.

Questions? 

Please contact James Smith or Kyle Martin at the Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland by phone at (724) 830-3604 or by email at: jsmith@egcw.org or kmartin@egcw.org or disaster@egcw.org

Resources:

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

Coronavirus Relief Fund Frequently Asked Questions