Cumberland County will accept applications for CARES funding


CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) — Cumberland County will soon accept applications for businesses to receive federal CARES Act funding.

The county received $22.9 million to help municipalities, small businesses, and nonprofits. The priority will be given to those that have not received previous COVID-relief funding.

“It is the charge of the Renew Cumberland Task Force to assist all entities eligible with the block grant monies afforded the county,” said Commissioner Gary Eichelberger. “With this funding, it is our hope to renew our communities while addressing the continuing public health pandemic.”

Applications can be submitted starting Thursday morning at 8 a.m. and the deadline is July 30. The money will be distributed mid-to-late August.

“Applications will be evaluated based upon the applicant’s need for funding, community impact of the investment, and ability to spend program funds within established guidelines,” said Gary Scicchitano, COVID-19 Recovery Coordinator. “The Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation (CAEDC) is part of the task force that will assist the county in administering the business portion of the grant funds.”

CARES Act Funding will be used for: 

  • Offsetting the cost of the county’s COVID-19 direct response, planning and outreach efforts, including the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Grants to small businesses with fewer than 100 employees
  • For tourism businesses of all sizes, including state and county fairs
  • Assistance to municipalities in the county for COVID-19 response and planning efforts, including the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Grant programs to support costs of assisting businesses during the COVID-19 disaster emergency for certified economic development organizations (CEDOs), small business development centers (SBDCs), and industrial resource centers (IRCs) and economic development corporations (EDCs).
  • Behavioral health and substance abuse disorder treatment services.
  • Nonprofit assistance programs for tax exempt entities covered by Section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

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