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The COVID-19 public health crisis caused the Westmoreland County business community to confront immense challenges. The Program seeks to assist small businesses in the County that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis.
The County of Westmoreland, in conjunction with the Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland, will be administering the Westmoreland CARES Small Business Support Grant Program.
Funds were made available to Westmoreland County under the COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
Five million ($5,000,000) dollars.
Grants will be capped at $25,000 or 25% of calculated loss due to COVID-19, whichever is less. Not all applicants will receive the maximum award.
No. Funds are limited to five million ($5,000,000) dollars. Due to an anticipated high number of applicants, there is no guarantee that all applicants will receive the funding for which they have applied.
Eligible applicants are small businesses (corporations, partnerships, LLCs, sole proprietors) that are headquartered and operate in Westmoreland County whose employee headcount was fewer than 100 employees on March 1, 2020.
Yes. Grants are available to self-employed individuals, independent contractors, and sole proprietorships.
No. In order to be eligible, your business must have been operating as of December 31, 2018.
Yes, you qualify for a grant for each legal business entity. You must keep separate books, file taxes separately and have different taxpayer ID numbers for each business. Each business entity must meet the eligibility requirements detailed below.
No. You may only submit one application for the business entity.
Yes. The franchise must have a physical location in Westmoreland County and must have employed 15 or fewer employees as of March 1, 2020. All funds awarded must be used for costs incurred at Westmoreland County facilities. Franchisees should count the total number of employees on March 1, 2020 under an individual EIN or SSN for the total.
No. Passive businesses, including commercial or residential landlords, are not eligible to apply.
Funds received from Westmoreland County in response to this application for grant funding will only be used to cover costs that:
a) Are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19);
b) Were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends December 30, 2020; and,
c) Are in accordance with all applicable state, local, and federal laws.
Nonexclusive examples of eligible expenditures include:
No. The County encourages small businesses to apply for the array of Federal and State financial assistance programs for which they are eligible. Your application for, or receipt of, federal or state funds does not disqualify you from receiving Westmoreland County funds, although funds received may not also be used for costs that have been covered under another grant or loan program. Preference will be given to small businesses that did not receive funding through the Federal Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Those who have received funds through the Paycheck Protection Program or Economic Injury Disaster Loan are eligible, but the level of funding received will impact the applicant’s competitiveness.
This is a grant, not a loan, so you will not need to pay it back as long as you comply with all the terms and conditions of the grant agreement. Funds that are not utilized during the period of March 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020 for eligible expenditures will need to be returned to Westmoreland County.
Yes. All applicants must certify that they are in compliance with federal, state, and local laws. Questions concerning certification should be directed to the applicant’s attorney.
All applicants must certify that they have been, and remain, in compliance with all relevant laws, orders, and regulations during the period of the COVID-19 disaster emergency under the Pennsylvania Governor’s proclamation dated March 6, 2020, and any and all subsequent renewals. The foregoing includes, but is not limited to, orders by the Governor, Secretary of Health, or other Commonwealth officials empowered to act during the emergency. Any non-compliant business will be ineligible for funding under this program and may be required to return all, or a portion, of the funds awarded.
Please consult with your accountant or tax professional.
Applicants, who receive grant funds, may be audited in the future, and are required to document how the funds are used, including all data, reports, contracts, documents, and other information relevant to the use of the funds.
All required records shall be maintained by successful applicants for a period of three (3) years from the final audit or close out of the contract, except in cases where unresolved audit questions or litigation may require maintaining some or all records for a longer period.
Applicants may apply beginning July 23, 2020 at 10 am. Prior to July 23, 2020, specific information about how to apply will be available at www.co.westmoreland.pa.us
The application is due by 5:00 p.m. on July 30, 2020. Late applications will not be considered for award.
The goal is to get funding to qualified small businesses as quickly as possible. A longer process would delay payments.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications, with all supporting documents by email to email@example.com Mailed applications will not be accepted. Applications may be submitted by facsimile to (724) 850-3974. Applicants may also arrange for hand-delivery by contacting the Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland at (724)830-3604.
The County, working in conjunction with Economic Growth Connection, will work as quickly as possible to review applications and make determinations. The County will approve the successful applicants at a public meeting, with funding to be received within 15 days of receipt of an executed agreement with the County.
A completed W-9 with an executed grant agreement between the successful applicants and the County.
Financial information is kept confidential. Small businesses that receive grants, and the dollar amount of the grant received, are public information.
No. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please contact James Smith or Kyle Martin at the Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland by phone at (724) 830-3604 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Complete copies of corporate or partnership federal tax returns from 2018 AND 2019. Individuals (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.