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York County offering businesses money to help with coronavirus recovery. Here are the details

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York County’s Office of Economic Development is has a new grant to help businesses in the county cover coronavirus‐related expenses.

The York CARES Grant — leveraging federal funding under the CARES Act — offers up to $3,000 in recovery funding for businesses with 250 or fewer employees, according to a news release from Economic Development.

Expenses the grant will cover include:

  • Purchase of protective supplies, tools, equipment, or inventory.
  • Cleaning services or supplies.
  • Property improvements or renovations of a commercial location to accommodate social distancing and/or outdoor dining, recreation, etc.
  • Software/Hardware expenses to accommodate delivery, online payments, online reservations, etc.
  • Signage, advertising, marketing expenses, etc. to promote that your business is open and/or operating under modified conditions.
  • Payments for rent, mortgages, insurance, and/or utilities during times of business closure due to the pandemic.

The grant was created by the county and the York County Economic Development Authority, using $250,000 in funds provided to York County under the federal government’s CARES Act to help small businesses impacted by the governor’s Executive Order 53.

“We made it a priority to keep the grant general and open ended,” said James Noel, director of the York County Office of Economic Development. “Hopefully, this will enable us to support a broader spectrum of York County businesses as they recover from closures and strive to operate safely for both patrons and staff.”

Approved items must have been bought/paid after the governor declared the COVID‐19 emergency (March 13) and before Nov. 30, 2020. All reimbursement requests must be made no later than Dec. 1, 2020.

Businesses can find the grant application on the York County Office of Economic Development website.


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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