Round Two of Montour County Grant Program Opens October 1

Small businesses in Montour County that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis are again invited to apply for up to $20,000 in financial assistance. The Montour County Commissioners are providing a second round of grants with funds provided through the CARES Act. Applications will be accepted October 1 through October 14.

Businesses that did not receive a loan or grant through the Federal Paycheck Protection Program, the Economic Disaster Loan Program, or the first round of the Montour County grant program will be given priority, though all eligible businesses are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility:
-For-profit businesses or individuals operating businesses with a base location in Montour County.
-One owner per business may apply.
-Businesses that applied for and/or received grant funding through the first grant round in August are eligible to apply again in round two. Returning applicants must submit a new application for round two.

Approval requirements:
-Must be in business by March 1, 2019 and still in business on July 1, 2020
-Must intend to stay in business through, at least, July 1, 2021
-Total employees less than 100 OR an entity primarily engaged in the Tourism industry
-Business must be based in Montour County, PA
-Net profit in March 1-June 30, 2020 window must be less than net profit in March 1- June 30, 2019 window, OR, net profit in July 1-Sept. 30, 2020 window must be less than net profit in July 1- Sept. 30, 2019 window.
-Must not owe federal, state or local taxes-Must not be subject to criminal justice process as per the question in the application

Document requirements:
-Most recently filed federal tax return
-Entity documents including DBA or FBN certificate and proof of ownership
-Business license (if sole proprietor)
-Government-issued ID
-Evidence of fixed costs, including mortgage/rent/lease payments, utility costs, license fees, property tax bills, property and liability insurance bills, attest to any lost inventory

Grant applications must be completed and submitted through the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation’s website, www.csgiving.org.

The online application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, October 14. For questions about the application, contact Christine Orlando, CSCF Senior Program Officer, [email protected], 570-752-3930, extension 2.

The Commissioners previously awarded a total of $384,868 to 31 small businesses in Montour County through the first round of the program. Ken Holdren, Chair of the Board of Commissioners, expressed his appreciation to the committee that developed the program guidelines and reviewed applications. The committee was chaired by Commissioner Trevor Finn and included representatives of the Chamber of Commerce, Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, Danville Business Alliance, DRIVE, and County Planning Commission.