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The COVID-19 public health crisis caused the Westmoreland County nonprofit community to confront immense challenges. The Program seeks to assist nonprofits in the County that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19.
The County of Westmoreland, in conjunction with the Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland, will be administering Round 2 of the Westmoreland CARES Small Business Support Grant Program.
This program announcement is on the basis of potential grant funding that may be available after December 1, 2020. Funding is not guaranteed. Applicants are asked to complete applications and provide documentation in preparation for a potential round of funding.
Grants will be capped at $25,000, or 25% of calculated loss due to COVID-19, whichever is less OR $25,000 of eligible COVID-19 specific expenses incurred. Nonprofits which received funding under Round 1 of the Westmoreland CARES Nonprofit Support Grant Program are only eligible to receive a maximum of $25,000 awarded across both rounds of funding.
A nonprofit which applied for and which was granted funds under Round 1 may be eligible for additional funding under Round 2 provided the nonprofit did not receive a maximum award of $25,000 under Round 1 and provided the nonprofit has supportable revenue decreases for the period July 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020, or has supportable eligible COVID-19 related business expenses for the period March 1, 2020 through the date of the application submission that have not been covered by another publically-funded grant program or under Round 1.
Option A allows applicants to apply for grant funds by calculating 25% of lost revenue when comparing the period January 1 to October 31, 2020 to the period January 1 to October 31, 2019.
Option B allows for applicants to apply for grant funds based upon specific expenses incurred from March 1, 2020 through the date of the application submission related to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Nonprofits must specify at time of application whether the application is under Option A or Option B. Nonprofits can use both Options, but the maximum award over all Options and Rounds is $25,000.
Nonprofits that experienced an increase in revenue during the specified period and new nonprofits must apply using Option B.
Completed applications, including all required documents, should be HAND DELIVERED to the offices of Economic Growth Connection at 40 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, 5th Floor, Greensburg, PA 15601. Office hours for delivery are 9 am to 4 pm. Your application will be time-stamped upon receipt.
Applicants may choose to mail their applications to Economic Growth Connection, 40. N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 510, Greensburg, PA 15601; however, this program is first-come first-served. Postmarks do not signify timestamp or acceptance.
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The County, working in conjunction with Economic Growth Connection, will work as quickly as possible to review applications and make award determinations. The Board of County Commissioners will approve successful applicants at a public meeting with funding to be received within 15 days of receipt of an executed agreement with the County. It is anticipated that funding may be available for Round 2 of the Westmoreland CARES Nonprofit Support Grant Program after December 1, 2020. Funding is not guaranteed.
No. Program funding is not guaranteed and funds are anticipated to be limited. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first serve basis.
An eligible nonprofit organization must be registered as a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19).
Yes. Faith-based organizations may apply for funding if they are designated as a 501(c)3 or 501(c)19.
No. You may only submit one grant application per nonprofit entity.
Nonprofits with no operations or who do not provide services in Westmoreland County may not apply. Nonprofit headquarters may be located outside of Westmoreland County, but you must deliver services in Westmoreland County and your application submission must reflect only activity for operations within Westmoreland County. All grant funds awarded must be used for costs incurred at Westmoreland County facilities or for services provided in Westmoreland County.
Funds received from Westmoreland County in response to this application for grant funding will only be used to cover costs that:
a. Are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
b. Were incurred during the period beginning on March 1, 2020 and ending on December 30, 2020
c. Are in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws.
Non-exclusive examples of eligible expenditures include:
No. The County encourages nonprofit to apply for the array of federal and state financial assistance programs for which they are eligible. Your application for, or receipt of, federal or state funds does not disqualify you from receiving Round 2 Westmoreland County grant funds, although funds received may not be used for costs that have been covered under another grant or loan program or Round 1. The Commonwealth plans to compare all lists of recipients to be sure that no “double-dipping” occurred.
This is a grant, not a loan, so you will not need to pay it back as long as you comply with all the terms and conditions of the grant agreement. Funds that are not utilized during the period of March 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020 for eligible expenditures will need to be returned to Westmoreland County.
Yes. All applicants must certify that they are in compliance with federal, state and local laws. Questions concerning certification should be directed to the applicant’s attorney.
All applicants must certify that they have been, and remain, in compliance with all relevant laws, orders and regulations during the period of the COVID-19 disaster emergency under the Pennsylvania Governor’s proclamation dated March 6, 2020, and any and all subsequent renewals. The foregoing includes, but is not limited to, orders by the Governor, Secretary of Health, or other Commonwealth officials empowered to act during the emergency. Any non-compliant businesses will be ineligible for funding under this program and may be required to return all, or a portion, of funds awarded.
Please consult with your accountant or tax professional.
Applicants who receive funds, may be audited in the future, and are required to document how the funds are used, including all data, reports, contracts, documents and other information relevant to the use of the funds.
All required records shall be maintained by successful applicants for a period of five (5) years from the final audit or close out of the contract, except in cases where unresolved audit questions or litigation may require maintaining some or all records for a longer period.
A completed W-9 with an executed grant agreement between the successful applicants and the County. An example agreement is available.
Financial information is kept confidential. Nonprofits that receive grants, and the dollar amount of the grant received, are public information.
No. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
If you have questions after reviewing these FAQ’s, please contact Economic Growth Connection.
James Smith, President/CEOjsmith@egcw.org (724) 830-3604
Kyle Martin, Business Developmentkmartin@egcw.org (724) 830-3604
In order for your application to be considered complete and eligible for consideration, you must submit the following IN THIS SPECIFIED ORDER: