BLAIR County Announces Creation of the Blair CARES Small Business, Tourism, and Nonprofit Support Grant Program
At a special meeting on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, the Blair County Board of Commissioners established a new grant program, the Blair CARES Small Business, Tourism, and Nonprofit Support Grant Program, to assist small businesses, local tourism, and nonprofits affected by COVID-19. The program will be funded using federal CARES Act funds provided to the County by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant. Blair County will make available a minimum of $1,200,000.
The primary purpose of the Program is to provide immediate relief to small businesses, local tourism, and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. Blair County hopes to help eligible industries and organizations stay in business through the COVID-19 pandemic, retain employees, and be prepared to grow in the future. In the first round of funding, the County will distribute funds to eligible industries and organizations that are vital to sustaining the economy of Blair County.
“Blair County’s economy has been significantly damaged by COVID-19. The Board of Commissioners is committed to providing support and assistance for our local businesses and non-profit organizations. We strongly urge all eligible entities to apply for these grants.” remarked Commissioner Bruce Erb.
The grants can be used to help cover business interruption losses including loss of fundraising revenues for eligible nonprofits. Preference will be given to those applicants that did not receive Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan Funds (EIDL).
Application submission for the program will be open from August 31, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. to September 11, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
THIS ROUND OF GRANT FUNDING IS NOW CLOSED
Blair CARES Small Business Tourism Nonprofit Grant Application.pdf
Blair CARES Grant Certification Form.pdf
Frequently Asked Questions - Blair CARES.pdf
BLAIR County Announces Creation of a Broadband Deployment Grant Program
A lack of reliable broadband in Blair County has negatively impacted children attending virtual school, workers and employees teleworking, farmers looking to utilize technology to improve slim profit margins, high risk individuals needing continuous medical attention through telehealth, and the general public as they look for the most up to date information related to COVID-19 and its effects. In an effort to respond to, mitigate, and facilitate compliance with COVID-19 related health measures, the Blair County Commissioners have established the Broadband Deployment Grant Program that reimburses providers for the cost to provide reliable broadband internet to rural communities that are currently unserved or underserved. The Program is intended to provide financial assistance to construct infrastructure, which is necessary to provide broadband service in communities where broadband service does not currently exist and in certain areas where internet service is limited. Grants may be awarded on a competitive basis for entities to serve unserved and underserved rural areas and ensure that Blair County’s rural consumers enjoy the same quality and range of broadband services as are available in non-rural communities. Blair County will make available a minimum of $1,000,000. The application period will be open and ongoing.
draft report of regional broadband study: Preliminary Wireless Network Design for Blair County
BLAIR County Announces Creation of a Governmental Entity Grant Program
Blair County will make available a minimum of $800,000 toward eligible expenses for municipal entities. The application period will be open until September 18, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
Municipal entities are invited to participate in a video conference training session on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. County consultants from Susquehanna Accounting and Consulting Solutions, Inc. will provide an overview of the eligible expenses and guidelines as well as answer questions. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request an invitation to the training.
For additional information from the U.S. Department of the Treasury: