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The COVID-19 public health crisis caused the Westmoreland County nonprofit community to confront immense challenges. The Program seeks to assist nonprofits 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.
Faith-based organizations may apply for funding if they are designated as a 501(c)3 or 501(c)19 organization.
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 lawsNonexclusive examples of eligible expenditures include:
No. The County encourages nonprofits 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 nonprofits 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.
Yes, please provide any financial documentation that your organization had filed with your application. Some small organizations may not have completed a financial audit by a third party.
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 nonprofit 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. Applicants that expend $750,000 or more in federal awards during its fiscal year are required to provide the appropriate single or Program Specific Audit in accordance with the provisions outlined in 2 CFR Section 200.501.
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 nonprofits 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 of Westmoreland, 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. Nonprofits 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 at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org