COVID-19 PA Statewide Grant Program

The Grant Application Portal is now open. Click here to apply!

Helpful Hints 

  1. Watch these videos before filling out the application:
    1. Application Instructional Video
    2. Upload Instructional Video
  2. Use Google Chrome
  3. You can only apply once. Submitting multiple applications will delay your application from being processed and will reduce your chance of approval in this round.
  4. Find the “Application Certification” here
  5. Proof of Tax Payment Plan should be provided only by businesses that owe outstanding taxes
  6. Fictitious Name – Provide one of the four following entity documents:
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Certificate of Organization
  • Government Issued Business License
  • Fictitious Name Registration.  **If business does not have a fictitious name, then provide one of the other entity documents.**

Funding round 1 of 4 is expected to close on July 14th at 11:59PM. Be sure that you are signed up for our updates to be notified about future funding rounds!

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Visit our new FAQ page for answers to frequently asked questions! 

Here are some helpful documents to refer to as you complete the application:

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Baseline Qualifications to Apply:

To be eligible to apply, a business must:

  • 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; and
  • Have 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees prior to February 15, 2020. 

The program will prioritize small businesses that are: 

  • Owned and operated by low and moderate-income people; or
  • Located in areas of need including areas with a population having incomes significantly below the median income level, high levels of poverty, higher than average unemployment rates, or significant population loss.
  • Types of businesses that were most impacted by the economic shutdown and experienced the greatest revenue losses.

The following businesses are ineligible for PA COVID-19 Relief Grant funding:

  • Businesses that are not physically based in Pennsylvania
  • Businesses that are in active default (not on a payment plan) with taxes or fees owed to the Commonwealth
  • Non-Profits, Churches and other religious institutions
  • Financial businesses primarily engaged in the business of lending, such as banks, finance companies, and factors
  • Real estate development or rental property businesses
  • Life insurance companies
  • Private clubs and businesses which limit the number of memberships for reasons other than capacity
  • Government-owned entities or elected official offices
  • Businesses primarily engaged in political or lobbying activities
  • Businesses engaged in any illegal activity, socially undesirable or those that may be considered predatory in nature, such as pawnshops, rent to own, check cashing businesses and adult bookstores
  • An owner of 20 percent or more of the equity of the applicant is incarcerated, on probation, on parole; presently subject to an indictment, criminal information, arraignment, or other means by which formal criminal charges are brought in any jurisdiction; or has been convicted of a felony involving fraud, bribery, embezzlement, or a false statement in a loan application or an application for federal financial assistance within the last five years or any other felony within the last year

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. 

In addition, the program will ensure that grant funds are awarded to small business located across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

Businesses can review the amount of grant funding for which they are eligible, ranging from $5,000 to $50,000, based on their annual revenues as documented in their most recent tax return.

Start to Prepare

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. Most Recent Tax Return

2019 or 2018, most recent submission   

If startup since January 1, 2020, Internal Profit & Loss.

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

Items 1-3 above will have to be scanned and submitted with the application.  Bank account statements may or may not need to be scanned and submitted depending on business circumstances.

Additionally, it may be helpful to prepare: 

  • COVID 19 Impact Statement: Be able to articulate in quantifiable manner - $ revenue loss, time frame of impact, operational costs to cover with little to no revenue, payroll and staffing impact by role and count
  • Uses of Funds: Be able to articulate specific areas funding is needed and how much for each area

GENERAL INFORMATION

Governor wolf has just announced a $225 million grant program for businesses affected by COVID-19.  The grant application portal and process are still being finalized, and we update this webpage as we receive more information.  Please sign up for our email to get the most up to date information.  

If you have questions around preparing your documents or any other questions, please contact our MBDA CARES Center at CARES@theenterprisecenter.com. If you are interested in business technical services to work through a plan to recover strong from the impact of COVID-19 and resulting business restrictions and shutdowns, visit our MBDA CARES Center site!

We look forward to working with you on the grant program!