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BEDFORD County Announces Creation of a New Program, Bedford CARES Small Business, Tourism, and Nonprofit Support Grant Program

August 7, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BEDFORD County Announces Creation of a New Program, Bedford CARES Small Business, Tourism, and Nonprofit Support Grant Program

Today, the Bedford County Board of Commissioners established a new grant program, the Bedford 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. Bedford County will make available a minimum of $500,000.

The primary purpose of the Program is to provide immediate relief to small businesses, local tourism, and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. Bedford County hopes to help eligible industries and organizations stay in business through the COVID-19 pandemic, retain employees, and be prepared to grow in the future. In the first round of funding, the County will distribute funds to eligible industries and organizations that are vital to sustaining the economy of Bedford County.

“COVID-19 has negatively impacted our local economy. We want to do everything we can to support our local businesses and non-profits. 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).

The County will be hosting two training for the public on Thursday August 13, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Additional call in information is available on the County website at the link listed below.

Application submission for the program will be open from August 10, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. to August 28, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.  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.