Tag Archives: COVID-19

Free Rapid Covid Tests

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests from the federal government. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.

https://www.covidtests.gov/

Bucks County is also distributing free Covid test kits at sites around the county:

https://www.buckscounty.gov/1523/COVID-19-Rapid-Home-Test-Kit-Information

Go to the Bucks County Health Department Covid Portal for more information.

PA State COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has allocated $145 million to counties for a grant program to provide financial relief to businesses with a primary activity in NAICS Code subsector 721 (Accommodations) and 722 (Food Service and Drinking Places) per Senate Bill 109, known as Act 1 of 2021, signed by Governor Wolf on Friday, February 5th, 2021.

Bucks County

Bucks County’s COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program’s eligibility guidelines, application requirements, and program information are available at https://buckscounty.org/docs/default-source/hcd/chirp.pdf?sfvrsn=41b70def_2.

Applications will be accepted from March 15, 2021 to April 2, 2021. Awards will be based on need fund availability and will be first come, first serve. For more information, visit the Bucks County Economic Development Corporation website

Bucks Back to Work Small Business Grant Round 2 webinar Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 3:00pm

Business Webinar #2: Bucks County & COVID-19 September 9th at 3:00 PM

Business owners throughout Bucks County are invited to a Zoom webinar to learn about the next round of Bucks Back to Work Small Business Grant in response to COVID-19.

To RSVP for the webinar, please register on Eventbrite by 1:00 PM on Wednesday, September 9th. Zoom sign-in details will be provided to all businesses an hour before the event begins.

For more information and to register, click here.

 

Bucks Back to Work Small Business Grant Round 2 – launching September 14th

 The Bucks Back to Work program is funded through the Federal CARES Act with the goal to lessen the financial stress that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused on Bucks Businesses. For questions regarding this program please email bucksbacktowork@buckscounty.org. We will do our best to get a response back to you within twenty-four hours of receiving your inquiry and appreciate your patience in advance.

 Click here for the Bucks Back to Work Grant Overview*

 

 

 

New COVID-19 PA Small Business Relief Program

The COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program will provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to small businesses that have been economically impacted by COVID-19. This is not a first-come, first-served program. There will be multiple rounds of application windows.

Uses

DCED will distribute the funding to the Pennsylvania CDFI Network, which will then administer the funding in the form of:

  • Grants to cover operating expenses for the duration of the shutdown and the transition period to re-opening
  • Grants to cover technical assistance, including training and guidance, for business owners as they stabilize and relaunch their businesses
  • Debt payment relief for CDFI Pennsylvania borrowers
  • Loan loss reserves for CDFIs

The funds will be distributed in three ways:

  • Main Street Business Revitalization Program: $100 million
  • Historically Disadvantaged Business Revitalization Program: $100 million
  • Loan payment deferment and loss reserve: $25 million

In addition, the program will give additional consideration to the following factors: women-owned businesses, communities targeted for business investment by state government programs like Main Street and Elm Street, and rural communities.

At least 50% of the grants to small businesses will be awarded to Historically Disadvantaged businesses. Historically Disadvantaged businesses are at least 51% owned and operated by persons who are Black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian American, or Pacific Islander because they have traditionally been discriminated against and disadvantaged when seeking financial services and financial products.

Eligibility

All businesses must apply through an eligible CDFI and meet the program requirements which, at a minimum, include:

  • Be physically located, certified to do business, and generate at least 51% of their revenues in Pennsylvania
  • Have annual revenue of $1 million or less prior to the impact of COVID-19
  • Have 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees prior to February 15, 2020.
  • The business was in operation on February 15, 2020 and if required paid income taxes to the state and federal government, as reported on individual or business tax returns
  • COVID-19 has had an adverse economic impact and makes this grant request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the applicant
  • The grant will be used cover COVID-19 related costs
  • During the period beginning on June 1, 2020 and ending on December 31, 2020, the applicant has not and will not receive another grant under this state program

How to Apply

Eligible businesses must apply through an eligible CDFI.

Businesses are encouraged to start gathering the items that will be necessary to apply. At a minimum, the following list of items will be needed to apply. Additional items may be specified later:

  1. Government Issued Photo ID such as a Driver’s License or Passport
  2. Business financial information:
    • Revenue from March 1st to May 31st for 2019 and 2020
    • Most recently submitted Federal Tax Return. 2018 or 2019 business and personal tax returns including Schedule C
    • If startup between January 1-February 15, 2020, Internal Profit & Loss Statement
  3. Proof of Business Registration with PA Department of State, as applicable:
    • Articles of Incorporation (for corporations and LLCs); or
    • Fictitious Name Registration/“Doing Business As” (Sole Proprietors); or
    • Business License (if applicable).
  4. Bank Account Information

Additional Information

COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance Fact Sheet
View the Factsheet in: FrenchVietnamese and Chinese.