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Friday, November 13, 2020
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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 Round 2 of 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.
Grants will be capped at $25,000 or 25% of calculated loss due to COVID-19, whichever is less. and/or up to $25,000 of eligible COVID-19 specific expenses incurred. Businesses which received funding under Round 1 of the Westmoreland CARES Small Business Support Grant Program are only eligible to receive a maximum of $25,000 awarded across both Rounds of funding.
A business which applied for and which was granted funds under Round 1 may be eligible for additional funding under Round 2 provided the business did not receive a maximum award of $25,000 under Round 1 and provided the business has supportable revenue decreases for the period July 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020, or has supportable eligible COVID-19 related business expenses for the period March 1, 2020 through the date of the application submission that have not been covered by another publically-funded grant program or under Round 1.
Option A allows applicants to apply for grant funds by calculating 25% of lost revenue when comparing the period January 1 to October 31, 2020 to the period January 1 to October 31, 2019.
Option B allows for applicants to apply for grant funds based upon specific expenses incurred from March 1, 2020 through the date of the application submission related to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Businesses must specify at time of application whether the application is under Option A or Option B. Businesses can use both Options, but the maximum award over all Options and Rounds is $25,000.
Businesses that experienced an increase in revenue during the specified period and start-up businesses must apply using Option B.
Businesses that were acquired since December 31, 2018 must use Option B, unless financial information, including tax returns, of the former business are available.
Completed applications, including all required documents, should be HAND DELIVERED to the offices of Economic Growth Connection at 40 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, 5th Floor, Greensburg, PA 15601. Office hours for delivery are 9 am to 4 pm. Your application will be time-stamped upon receipt.
Applicants may choose to mail their applications to Economic Growth Connection, 40. N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 510, Greensburg, PA 15601; however, this program is first-come, first-served. Postmarks do not signify timestamp or acceptance.
The County, working in conjunction with Economic Growth Connection, will work as quickly as possible to review applications and make determinations. The Board of Commissioners 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.
No. Funds are limited and applications will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Eligible applicants are small businesses (corporations, partnerships, LLCs, sole proprietors) with physical operations in Westmoreland County whose employee headcount was fewer than 100 employees on March 1, 2020. Franchise businesses are eligible if their employee headcount is less than 15 employees.
Yes. Grants are available to self-employed individuals, independent contractors, and sole proprietorships.
In order for your business to be eligible, your business must have incurred COVID-19 specific expenses during the period March 1, 2020 through the date of the application submission, and you must apply using Option B.
Yes. If you have the books and records of the business purchased, including tax returns, you may apply using either Option A and/or Option B; otherwise, you must use Option B.
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 on its own.
No. You may only submit one application for the business entity.
No. Small businesses with no physical operations in Westmoreland County may not apply. Your business headquarters may be located outside of Westmoreland County, but you must have physical operations in Westmoreland County and your application submission must reflect only activity for business operations within Westmoreland County. All grant funds awarded must be used for costs incurred at Westmoreland County facilities.
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 grant 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. There are other, non-county-run programs available for this group.
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
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 Round 2 Westmoreland County grant funds, although funds received may not be used for costs that have been covered under another grant or loan program or Round 1.
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 or funds not used on appropriate expenses 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 five (5) 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.
A completed W-9 with an executed grant agreement between the successful applicants and the County. An example agreement is available.
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.
If you have questions after reviewing these FAQ’s, please contact Economic Growth Connection.
James Smith, President/CEOjsmith@egcw.org (724) 830-3604
Kyle Martin, Business Developmentkmartin@egcw.org (724) 830-3604
In order for your application to be considered complete and eligible for consideration, you must submit the following IN THIS SPECIFIED ORDER: