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Kodish: Window open to apply

Applications due by Nov. 12

LEWISTOWN –The second and final application window is open for Mifflin County businesses, nonprofits, and municipalities to apply to receive part of a $4.1 million grant the county received to assist them with COVID-19 expenses.

The COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant (CRBG) is from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Securities Act (CARES Act), through the state Department of Community and Economic

Development (DCED).

The funds do not have to be repaid. Priority for all relief grants will be given to entities that have not already received financial assistance through state and federal COVID relief programs, entities that can prove both a substantial impact from COVID-19 and their operational response, and those that submit as early as possible. All required expense and support documentation must accompany the application.

County Commissioner Kevin Kodish described how the grant will be portioned out to four programs.

“Our board of commissioners has consulted with many stakeholders to determine where these funds can have the greatest impact. We have determined that the following four areas can provide the most help to our communities: Broadband Deployment, Local Government Assistance, Small Business and Non-Profit relief grants and certain improvements to the county’s operations and assets related to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Kodish said.

To apply for any of the county’s grant programs, visit www.restoremifflincounty.com.

For more information, contact the Mifflin County Planning & Development Department at 717-242-0887 or mcplanning@mifflinco.org, and/or MCIDC at 717-242-0393 or mcidc@mcidc.org.

SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE -AND- NON-PROFIT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Grants up to $35,000 are available for small businesses and nonprofits that have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline to apply for both the business and nonprofit grant programs is November 12, 2020.

Grants are available only for businesses and nonprofits with annual sales/revenues prior to March 1, 2020 of $1.5 million or less and have 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees. Businesses and nonprofits must be based in and operate primarily in Mifflin County.

Funds can be used for eligible expenses from March 1 through August 31, 2020.

MUNICIPAL RELIEF – AND – BROADBAND DEPLOYMENT RELIEF GRANT PROGRAM

Grants are available municipalities for response planning related to COVID-19, including the purchase of personal protective equipment. Additionally grants are available to businesses, authorities, co-ops, or nonprofits that provide and will expand broadband internet connectivity to unserved or underserved county residents during the COVID-19 pandemic from March 1, 2020 until the end of the disaster declaration or by Dec. 30, 2020, whichever is earlier. Broadband providers will be eligible for a grant whose business model shows expansion into underserved and unserved areas of the county primarily to benefit those needing to telework or participate in remote education, and offer the service at an affordable rate. The deadline to apply for both grants is November 12, 2020.

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