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Guidelines in English- YoCo Strong Restart-2021- COVID 19 Funding Grant
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YoCo Strong Restart 2021- COVID-19 Funding Grant

As of 11/17/2021

Overview:

To support small businesses and nonprofits in York County, the County of York has allocated American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to provide recovery grant funding through the YoCo Strong Restart Fund Grant 2021 (Restart), administered by the York County Economic Alliance (YCEA).

The Restart program will provide financial support to businesses and nonprofit organizations recovering from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to support expenses such as commercial  rent, commercial  utilities, equipment, from June 30, 2021 to December 31, 2021. Full details can be viewed in the eligibility guidelines herein.

Multiple for-profit entities with common ownership, defined as ownership of 20% or more, are eligible to apply, but the Restart program will prioritize exhausting all funds to individual applicants before multiple awards may be eligible, given that it is anticipated that demand will exceed total available funding.

Applications are eligible from the following applicants:

Grant awards for applicants that began operations prior to December 31, 2020 will be based on 2020 revenues from tax returns. For applicants incorporated on or after January 1, 2021, a year-to-date 2021 Profit & Loss statement is acceptable, additionally applicants will be asked to provide eligible documented expenses, and compared with other COVID-19 relief assistance received.

Grant Award Tiers based upon Gross Annual Revenues

Please apply for what you need based upon guidelines to support eligible expenses between June 30, 2021 to December 31, 2021. The Restart program is intended to support the negative economic impact resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. You will be required to submit documentation in the application, processing and expense phases of the process. If you are awarded a Restart grant and fail to utilize the funds for eligible and contracted expenses, you will be required to return funds upon the program audit process.

Grant award amounts may change at the discretion of the program administrator to accommodate the availability of funding and the program demand.

Eligibility:

Small Businesses- established as of July 1, 2021

Nonprofits- established as of July 1, 2021

Nonprofits that received a direct allocation from the County of York allocated August 18, 2021, are not eligible to apply for YoCo Strong Restart funds. If you received an allocation in 2020 under the CARES funding, you may still apply. A list of those nonprofit organizations with a direct allocation is here.

Small Business and Nonprofit applicants established as of July 1, 2021 must describe how COVID-19 has negatively impacted their corporation and will have to provide total gross revenues, eligible documented expenses, and any other COVID-19 relief assistance received.  For Small businesses and nonprofits, when providing gross revenues, this should not include COVID relief funding. Revenues are based on the IRS tax form definition: Gross Sales (less any returns and allowances) as reported on Line 1.c. on both the 1120 (corporate return, 1120S (S-Corp return), on IRS Schedule C for

single member LLC and sole proprietorships, Line 3 and on IRS form 1065 line 1c for partnerships. For Non-Profit applications, please revenues are based on the IRS 990 form, Part VIII, Column A, Line 12.

(For instance, Business A’s 2020 revenues were $250,000 on line 1c of their tax return and Business A received PPP for $10,000, Business A’s revenues should remain $250,000 not $260,000.)

Multiple entities with common ownership, defined as ownership of 20% or more, are eligible to apply, but the Restart program will prioritize exhausting all funds to individual applicants before multiple awards may be eligible, given it is anticipated that demand will exceed total available funding.

All applicants must be current and in good standing on all tax payments

and not have any tax liens against the business property. This can include, but is not limited to:

Applicants will be asked to select and describe how their business or nonprofit was impacted by COVID-19 in any of the following areas:

Closure

Reduced operations

Employee layoffs

Customer decline

Revenue decline

Increased expenses

2019 Business Quarters are defined as such:

Q1 2019: January 1 - March 31

Q2 2019: April 1 - June 30

Q3 2019: July 1 - September 30

Q4 2019: October 1 - December 31

2020 Business Quarters are defined as such:

Q1 2020: January 1 - March 31

Q2 2020: April 1 - June 30

Q3 2020: July 1 - September 30

Q4 2020: October 1 - December 31

2021 Business Quarters are defined as such:

Q1 2021: January 1 - March 31

Q2 2021: April 1 - June 30

Q3 2021: July 1 - September 30

Q4 2021: October 1 - December 31

Documents Required: must be in an electronic form for online upload, such as JPEG or PDF. Other Items can be requested.

For-Profit Entities:

Sole-Proprietor/Single Member LLC:

a. Articles of Incorporation

b. Certificate of Organization

d. Government issued Business License

LLC, Partnership, and Corporation:

a. Articles of Incorporation

a.  Certificate of Organization, or Certificate of Partnership (to the extent applicable)

d. Government issued Business License

Nonprofit Entities:

Use of Funds:

Use of funds must be fully detailed in application, with specific amounts and cost verification to support the grant amount request. Such items can include but are not limited to commercial rent/mortgage agreements for the applying business, commercial  utility payments, PPE, to the extent such costs are the result of the negative economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Payroll is NOT an eligible expense for the YoCo Strong Restart Grant Program.

Funds must be requested to cover eligible express from June 30, 2021 through December 31, 2021 that are not being covered by other sources of COVID relief funding. Documentation for use of funds will be required for auditing purposes by the program administrator. Any unused funds must be returned to the program. Payroll is NOT an eligible expense for the YoCo Strong Restart Grant Program.

Please provide a detailed summary and description of the reason your business or non-profit is requesting funding, and explain why these funds are critical to the economic recovery of your business or non-profit. An itemized schedule or breakdown of all costs relating to the expenditure of funds must also be included.

Grant Award:

Grant awards ranging up to $20,000 based upon the size in sales/revenue of the applicant. Grant funding must be used to cover eligible expenses from June 30, 2021 through December 31, 2021. Documentation for use of funds will be required for auditing purposes by the program administrator.

Multiple entities with common ownership, defined as ownership of 20% or more, are eligible to apply, but the Restart program will prioritize exhausting all funds to individual applicants before multiple awards may be eligible, given it is anticipated that demand will exceed total available funding.

Grant awards may not be used to pay the same eligible operating expenses for which an applicant previously received government COVID relief funding in the form of a grant reimbursement, or loan forgiveness. Government COVID relief funding includes, but not limited to: SBA Payroll Protection Program (PPP), SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), other SBA Disaster/Emergency Funds, PA COVID-19 Working Capital Access (CWCA) program, PA COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP), 2020 YoCo Strong Restart Grant Fund or City of York COVID-19 relief program (2020 and 2021). Applicants must attest that the funds requested will not be utilized for previously government-funded COVID related expenses.

(Example: Applicant A wants to request funding to cover 6 months of rent from June 30, 2021 to December 31, 2021 in the amount of $15,000. Applicant A received other sources of COVID funding in the amount of $7,500 to cover three months rent in the same time period. Applicant A should only request funding for the three months of rent in the amount of $7,500 that are not paid for by the other source of covid funding.)

Receipt of a prior Federal, Commonwealth, York County, or local government grant does not disqualify an applicant.

Grant Priorities: (NOT Exclusions)

Small Businesses

Businesses that have not received any prior public COVID support funding, (such as PPP, EIDL, Restart Round 1).

Small businesses owned and controlled 51% or more by federal definition of minority owned business (any of the following)

Businesses impacted the most financially based on gross revenue losses.

Small Business operating under the following industries with the corresponding NAICS code:

Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofits that have not received any prior public COVID support funding (such as PPP, YoCo Strong Restart Round 1).

Nonprofits impacted the most financially based on gross revenue losses.

Nonprofits serving at least 51% of the clients residing in a Low-Mod Income household

Nonprofit with at least 25% of revenues derived from services in the following categories: food security, housing security, healthcare, childcare, workforce development.

Nonprofits serving a population of more than 51% of persons of color.

Ineligible for Businesses and Nonprofit Applicants:

Other Grant Items to Consider

The YCEA will provide application assistance and technical support, subject to the release and indemnity set forth in the applicant certification. The YCEA staff is NOT permitted to submit the application on the applicant’s behalf.

Eligible businesses and nonprofits must agree and complete an applicant certification form at the time of submitting an application.

Applications are not first come, first served. It is anticipated that the cumulative funding request of all applications will exceed the amount of funding available to disburse. In such cases, applications will be compiled, reviewed, and scored. If funding is awarded, the applicant will be notified. A grant contract will be required to be executed prior to fund disbursement. Upon execution of a grant contract, the grant award will be transferred electronically via ACH. Upon completion of the program and all funding disbursements made, the cumulative award list will be made public in accordance with the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law.

The application portal will open on Monday, November 1 at 9:00 a.m. (EST) and will close on Monday, November 22, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (EST).

Applications will be submitted electronically only, and incomplete applications will not be accepted. This includes uploading all necessary and requested documentation.

Review of application eligibility and scoring will take place over the next several weeks, with a tentative goal of announcing grant recipients by mid December.

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