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Restaurants and bars in Pennsylvania have just celebrated a most unwelcome anniversary – one year has passed since the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shut down the entire industry, and then proceeded over the course of the year to impose mandates as to how and when restaurants could operate. Bars suffered an even worse year, and the little bar on the corner where everyone knew your name overnight became the place where nobody came. In past blogs, we have offered information to help restaurant and bar owners survive, if not thrive, during the pandemic. We are pleased to let you know that financial assistance is now available in your own backyard through the new COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP).
The hospitality industry, including bars and restaurants, can now immediately apply for financial relief through CHIRP. While CHIRP IS a state funded program, it is being administered at the county level. CHIRP is providing a total of $145 million dollars in relief in specific amounts for each of all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. Grants are in turn being awarded by the counties in $5,000 increments, with a maximum of $50,000 based on certain criteria, including number of full-time employees.
Each county is administering the grant funding through a designated Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO) or Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Each CDFI or CEDO started to accept applications on March 15, 2021.
A business is eligible if:
Priority in awarding grants is being given to businesses that:
We encourage you to apply for COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program relief as soon as possible. It is expected individual counties and CHIRP itself will run out of funding well before the April 2, 2021 deadline to apply for first round grants. The attorneys at Gross McGinley, LLP remain on your side and ready to help.
Attorneys Jacob D. Oldaker, Thomas E. Reilly, Jr. and Jason A. Ulrich practice in Gross McGinley’s Business Services Group, providing legal counsel to local, regional and national businesses.