Governor Tom Wolf announced $4 million in Community Development Block Grant-CARES funding to support communities and their residents in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
NEPA Alliance through the Partnership for Regional Economic Performance (Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill, and Wayne counties) will be providing grants of up to $50,000 for small businesses and up to $15,000 for microenterprises (small businesses that employ few people) located in one of those 7 counties that have been severely impacted due to COVID-19.
NEPA Alliance anticipates approximately 150 jobs will be retained or created by the application of this much needed funding.
The program launched April 25 and businesses located in Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill, or Wayne County may apply. NEPA Alliance officials warn, however, that is unlikely that all applicants will be awarded a grant due to an anticipated high volume of applications.
They urge business to read the Program Overview and use this Preparation Checklist to gather the information needed. Business need also register with the Small Business Development Center at the University of Scranton. The SBDCs at Wilkes University and The University of Scranton will be offering individual guidance at no cost to applicants of this program. If you are not already working with the SBDC, please visit this link to request services: https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/signup
Learn more about by visiting the Program FAQ
For businesses located in Lackawanna, Monroe, Pike, and Wayne Counties:
Donna Simpson, The University of Scranton SBDC, email@example.com or 570-941-4176.