Grant program to help families with rent and utility payments coming soon
HARRISBURG – Hospitality-related businesses in Carbon County will share $726,949 in COVID-19 relief funding from the state, according to Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon).
“Applications are now being accepted from businesses in the local hospitality industry in need of a financial helping hand as they recover from the devastating economic impact of the pandemic and the resulting government shutdowns,” said Heffley. “Eligible business owners are encouraged to apply for these grants as soon as possible, as the demand will likely outstrip the available funding.”
Applications are currently being accepting by the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC). More information, along with the application, are available on the CCEDC website, carboncountychamber.org
. Grant awards will be made in increments of $5,000, up to a maximum amount of $50,000, to cover eligible expenses.
The money is being made available through Act 1 of 2021, a recently signed law that created the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP), which allocates $145 million in funding assistance to hospitality-related businesses across Pennsylvania that have been adversely affected by the pandemic.
The program, which is administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development, requires counties to establish grant programs for eligible businesses. The county block grant allocations are based on population size.
In addition, Heffley announced that Carbon County was awarded more than $4.2 million through the Rental and Utility Assistance Grant Program, administered by the Department of Human Services. The program, which was also included in Act 1, will distribute nearly $570 million in federal funding statewide to help individuals and families with rent and utility payments incurred during the pandemic.
The Carbon County commissioners expect the local rent and utility assistance program to open in April and will announce details soon.
Representative Doyle Heffley
122nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Andy Briggs