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UPDATE FROM 7/24: This Phase 2 funding portal has now closed as of 5:00 PM on Friday, July 24. For any questions you may have, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phase 2 of the Small Business Recovery & Sustainability funding portal is now open!
Lancaster County small businesses (with 100 or fewer employees) can apply for grants from Monday, July 20 at 8am EST through Friday, July 24 at 5pm EST!
The grant award recipients and grant amounts are based on a variety of criteria, not on a first-come, first-served basis. All applications are reviewed and considered based on a scoring system that uses the same set of criteria for all applicants.
We realize many of you may have questions about who is eligible for the grants and how the application process works.
You can find a full list of details at recoverylancaster.com/funding/local-grant-fund.
In the meantime, here are some key points to know before you apply:
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR A GRANT DURING THE JULY 20-24 APPLICATION PERIOD?
Eligible applicants are businesses (corporations, partnerships, LLCs, sole proprietors, and nonprofits) that operate in Lancaster County whose company-wide employee headcount was 100 or fewer for the pay period including March 1.
Full-time and part-time employees for which the entity will issue a form W-2 and owners who work in the business are included in the headcount. Third-party subcontractors are not included.
Businesses that received other federal, state, or local loans or grants (except for a grant through the first round of funding by the Small Business Recovery and Sustainability Fund) are still eligible to apply.
WHAT MAY THE GRANTS BE USED FOR?
Phase 2 grant funds may be used to cover necessary working capital costs or for retrofitting expenses incurred (or to be incurred) after April 15, 2020. Working capital can include payroll, rent, mortgage, supplies, and other operating expenses, with the exception of owner compensation. Grant funds cannot be used to pay compensation to or to pay back loans to shareholders, partners, the sole proprietor, or family members.
WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF GRANT MONEY A BUSINESS CAN BE AWARDED?
Maximum Grant based on Company Size:
51-100 Employees $80,000
21-50 Employees $50,000
1-20 Employees $20,000
Not all applicants will receive the maximum award.
We are all in this together! Recovery Lancaster is asking applicants to request only the amount of grant funds needed so that other Lancaster based businesses can have access to grant funds, too.
HOW CAN I APPLY FOR A GRANT?
We strongly encourage applicants to apply online.
Paper applications will only be accepted for businesses with 20 employees or fewer through Thursday, July 16 at 5pm. Paper applications will be available with drop-off instructions and can be printed from the website or picked-up at Trout CPA, 1705 Oregon Pike, Lancaster during business hours beginning Monday, July 20. All applications received by the application deadline at the Trout drop-off box will be uploaded to the website portal by the application team.
WHAT INFORMATION DO I NEED WHEN COMPLETING THE APPLICATION?
A full list of the required items is available here.
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION AND GET HELP?
Visit our Funding webpage at recoverylancaster.com/funding/local-grant-fund/ and view our FAQs for more details about eligibility, scoring criteria, the application and approval process, and more. There is also a What I Need To Know information document, and a Step By Step guide to the application process.
If you have additional questions, call 717-239-6961 between 8am – 5pm, Monday–Friday starting on July 20, or leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible.