October 16, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BEDFORD County Commissioners Provide Funding Support to Small Businesses & Non-Profits
BEDFORD, PA—The Bedford County Board of Commissioners announced today the award recipients of its CARES Act Small Business, Tourism, and Nonprofit Support Grant program. The program was established to assist small businesses, local tourism, and nonprofits affected by COVID-19. These grants are being funded exclusively with Federal dollars issued as a direct result of the passage of the United States CARES Act. Bedford County’s share was distributed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the County Relief Block Grant program (CRBG).
Solemnly recognizing the negative impacts that COVID-19 has imposed on the local economy, the County Commissioners strongly desired to do everything possible to support our local businesses and non-profits; and encouraged all impacted business owners and non-profits to apply. The grants are being specifically used to offset business interruption losses of eligible small businesses and qualified non-profits. Therefore, recipients of these awards were required to demonstrate a revenue loss from 2019 to 2020; and certify that the entity incurred certain allowable expenditures. These expenses included: rent, mortgage interest, utility bills, cable, internet, phone, spoilage, personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, unemployment compensation, and costs associated with the preparations to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. The County is continuing to review non-profit and small business applications to determine any fundraising losses, expenditures, and may award funding to these organizations at a later date.
More specifically, sixty-seven (67) small businesses were eligible for funding in the first round; and the total amount of the awards equals $632,532.98. Awards were capped a maximum of $35,000. Of the awardees, forty (40) were small businesses with less than 100 employees, and the remaining twenty-seven (27) recipients were non-profit public charities or veteran organizations. The Bedford County Board of Commissioners wishes to express their sincere gratitude for the many difficult sacrifices made by business owners and non-profit leaders in our community; and encourages all its citizens to remain safe during this challenging season.