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BEDFORD County Announces the Second Round of Bedford CARES Small Business, Tourism, and Nonprofit Support Grant Program

October 16, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BEDFORD County Announces the Second Round of Bedford CARES Small Business, Tourism, and Nonprofit Support Grant Program

Today, the Bedford County Board of Commissioners will open the second round of CARES Small Business, Tourism, and Nonprofit Support Grant Program, to assist small businesses, local tourism, and nonprofits affected by COVID-19. The program will be funded using federal CARES Act funds provided to the County by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant.

The primary purpose of the Program is to provide immediate relief to small businesses, local tourism, and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. Any previous applicants from the first round, who were not funded, due to incomplete grant requirements, may submit the additional information needed to potentially qualify for funding in round two. New applicants are encouraged to apply.   

“We decided to issue a second round of CARES funding based on the voiced needs of the small business, tourism, and nonprofit organizations in Bedford County. We want to do everything we can. All entities who were impacted are encouraged to apply,” said the Bedford County Commissioners.

The grants can be used to help cover business interruption losses including loss of fundraising revenues for eligible nonprofits (preference will be given to those applicants that did not receive Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan Funds (EIDL). To note, any tourist attraction, regardless of size, is eligible for funding under this program.

Application submission for the program will be open from October 16, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. to October 30, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. Applications must be submitted in an electronic format to Makayla Bollman, Director of HR at mbollman@bedfordcountyhpa.org. For detailed program eligibility requirements and specific information regarding the application process, including deadlines, please visit the Bedford County website at https://bedfordcountypa.org/covid-19_funding_portal.    

 The County has previously released a Request for Proposal to address portions of Bedford County that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic due to lack of available broadband. Poor broadband infrastructure in rural areas has resulted in many individuals and families lacking the opportunity for online studies, teleworking, and telemedicine during stay-at-home orders.