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.
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