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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on August 13, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Pennsylvania, we recommend that you visit Responding to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, the United Way's COVID-19 Resources or the Pennsylvania Chamber's Business Resources for Coronavirus.

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Description of Program and Relief

Pennsylvania COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Grant Program

The COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance Program is a federally funded initiative by which the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will provide grants of $5,000 to $50,000 in CARES Act funding to small businesses that have been economically impacted by COVID-19. The program is administered by Pennsylvania’s network of community development financial institutions (CDFIs), and includes separate pools of funding for Main Street businesses and minority and historically disadvantaged businesses.

Applicants must satisfy certain eligibility requirements and are subject to priority considerations set forth on the program’s website. (For example, priority consideration is given to small businesses located in areas with incomes significantly below the median income level, or with high poverty levels, above-average unemployment rates, or significant population loss.) Additional consideration may be given to certain applicants, for example, women-owned small businesses. Applications are not first-come, first-served; grants are instead awarded based on need. Interested businesses can apply online here.

Government or Lead Agency

Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development

Dates Available

This program is ongoing. The current application cycle will close on August 28, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

To be eligible for relief under Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance Program, a business must satisfy at least the following requirements:

  • The business must be located in Pennsylvania and certified to do business in Pennsylvania, and must generate more than half of its revenues in Pennsylvania;

  • The business must have had annual revenues of $1 million or less prior to the COVID-19 pandemic;

  • The business must have had a maximum of 25 full-time equivalent employees before February 15, 2020 (with very limited exceptions for applicants presenting extraordinary circumstances);

  • The business must have been in operation as of February 15, 2020 and must have paid all applicable state and federal income taxes; and

  • The grant must be necessary to support the business’s ongoing operations due to the adverse economic effect that the business has sustained as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Grants also are subject to certain conditions and restrictions. For example, the funding must be used to cover COVID-19 related costs, and businesses that are awarded grants must comply with all relevant laws and regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic or risk losing part or all of their funds. Businesses cannot receive multiple grants under this program during the period between June 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)

There will be multiple application windows and rounds of funding. The August 2020 application window is currently open, and will close at 11:59 p.m. on August 28, 2020.

Contact for More Information

Those seeking further information on the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance Program should contact the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development at (866) 466-3972. Small businesses interested in applying for relief under the program can also contact the Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop initiative by phone at (833) 722-6778 or through this online contact form.

List of Additional Information

Background information on the COVID-19 Statewide Small Business Assistance Program can be found online here.

Interested businesses can apply online here.

Full program guidelines are available on the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development’s website here.

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