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PA Coronavirus Small Business Assistance Program

Grants to Pennsylvania Small Businesses in Eligible Counties
to Mitigate Financial Losses Incurred Due to the Coronavirus

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Pennsylvania Community Development Financial Institutions Network (CFDI) - The Northside Community Development Fund (NSCDF)

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Grants to Pennsylvania small businesses in eligible counties to mitigate financial losses incurred due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended for businesses that are currently operating or have a clear plan to re-open once the Commonwealth permits re-opening of the business. Grants are available to businesses within Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, Lawrence, and Washington Counties.

The program will give additional consideration to the following factors: women-owned businesses, communities targeted for business investment by state government programs like Main Street and Elm Street, and rural communities.

At least 50% of the grants to small businesses will be awarded to Historically Disadvantaged businesses. Historically Disadvantaged businesses are at least 51% owned and operated by persons who are Black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian American, or Pacific Islander because they have traditionally been discriminated against and disadvantaged when seeking financial services and financial products.

Eligible Use of Funds:

  1. Payroll costs, costs related to the continuation of group health care benefits during periods of paid sick, medical, or family leave, and insurance premiums.
  2. Working capital for the purpose of paying mortgage principal and interest payments (but not mortgage prepayments); and principal and interest payments on any other debt obligations that were incurred before February 15, 2020.
  3. Rent payments, utility payments.
  4. Working capital for the purpose of covering the costs of re-opening business operations after being fully or partially closed due to the state-mandated business closure period commencing March 2020, as long as the expense was incurred do to COVID-19.
  5. Any expenses (costs) incurred related to the expense of implementing COVID-19, including but not limited to specialized equipment, barriers, PDE’s, and employee training expense to ensure compliance with state and federal CDC guidelines for reopening.
  6. Any COVID-19 related expenses not already paid for with other relief measures such as state grants or loans, US SBA Paycheck Protection Loans, local or regional grant and/or loan programs.

More information about priorities can be found at:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190979

Estimated Size of Grant:

The amount of grant funding ranges from $5,000 to $50,000.

Eligible Businesses: Amount Available Per Business
- Annual revenue up to $50,000: $5,000 grant
- Annual revenue $50,001 – $75,000: $10,000 grant
- Annual revenue $75,001 – $100,000: $15,000 grant
- Annual revenue $100,001 – $250,000: $20,000 grant
- Annual revenue $250,001 – $500,000: $25,000 grant
- Annual revenue $500,001 – $750,000: $35,000 grant
- Annual revenue $750,001 – $850,000: $40,000 grant
- Annual revenue $850,001 – $1,000,000: $50,000 grant

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

A business is eligible if it:
- Is physically located, certified to do business, and generate at least 51% of its revenues in Pennsylvania;
- Has annual revenue of $1 million or less prior to the impact of COVID-19; and
- Has 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees prior to February 15, 2020.

Eligible businesses may be structured as C-corporations, S-corporations, limited liability corporations, sole proprietors, independent contractors or self-employed individuals.

Ineligible Entities:
At a minimum, the following entities are ineligible for grant funding under this program:
- Businesses that are not physically based in Pennsylvania
- Businesses that are in active default (not on a payment plan) with taxes or fees owed to the Commonwealth or IRS
- Non-Profits, Churches and other religious institutions
- Government-owned entities or elected official offices
- Businesses experienced NO revenue loss and additional cost due to COVID-19
- Other ineligible businesses will be specified at a later date

More information about eligibility can be found at

Pre-Application Information:

The application window for the first round of funding opens on June 30 at 9:00 A.M. and will remain open for 10 business days, through July 14. Applications will continue to be accepted after 10 business days but will be considered for future rounds of funding. Additional rounds will be announced soon.

Awards from the first application round will be known within 27 business days of the close of the application window.

Please DO NOT submit more than one application. Submitting multiple applications will delay processing of your application and will reduce your chance of approval in this round.

The program is not a “first come, first served” basis.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

For assistance, while you’re getting ready to apply, please call 412-322-0290.

DO NOT submit more than one application. Submitting multiple applications will delay the processing of your application and will reduce your chance of approval in this round.

The Northside Community Development Fund
922 Middle Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, Lawrence, and Washington Counties

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