COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program Guidelines

GRANT APPLICATION AVAILABLE BEGINNING MARCH 15, 2021.

Questions on the application process should be submitted to SEDA-COG c/o Betsy Lockwood at 570-522-7265 or by email to [email protected].


It is the intent of the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP) provided to the County Commissioners and administered by SEDA-COG to provide qualifying businesses a grant to assist in covering the business’ lost revenue and associated operating expenses.

Grants are to be awarded in $5,000 increments. No awarded grant will exceed $50,000.




Timeline of the Grant Process

March 10, 2021: Communications via SEDA-COG website, County Websites, Chambers of Commerce, SBDC, print media, radio PSAs, Visitors’ Bureau

March 15, 2021: SEDA-COG, through the Community Giving Foundation’s grant website (www.csgiving.org) will begin receiving applications on a rolling basis and continue until the county’s funds are exhausted or June 15, 2021. Applications will be received in windows (March 15-March 28; March 29-April 18; April 19-May 16 and May 17-June 4) to determine “Priority” status

WINDOW ONE:

  • March 29: Review and Verification Process of Grants received March 15-March 28.
  • March 29-April 2: Application review team compiles data, determines qualifying/priority businesses, determines Grant Amounts.
  • April 5-9: Grant Amounts sent to County Commissioners for eligibility review.
  • April 12: Letters of approval sent out to qualifying businesses including Grant amount and Grant contract
  • Checks will be issued upon return of grant contracts to the SEDA-COG Office.

WINDOW TWO:

  • April 19: Review and Verification Process of Grants received March 29-April 18.
  • April 19-April 23: Application review team compiles data, determines qualifying/priority businesses, determines Grant Amounts.
  • April 26-30: Grant Amounts sent to County Commissioners for eligibility review
  • May 3: Letters of approval sent out to qualifying businesses including Grant amount and Grant contract

WINDOW THREE:

  • May 17: Review and Verification Process of Grants received April 19-May 16.
  • May 17-May 21: Application review team compiles data, determines qualifying/priority businesses, determines Grant Amounts.
  • May 24-28: Grant Amounts sent to County Commissioners for eligibility review
  • May 31: Letters of approval sent out to qualifying businesses including Grant amount and Grant contract

WINDOW FOUR:

  • June 15: Review and Verification Process of Grants received May 17-June 15.
  • June 16-June 22: Application review team compiles data, determines qualifying/priority businesses, determines Grant Amounts.
  • June 23-29: Grant Amounts sent to County Commissioners for eligibility review
  • June 30: Letters of approval sent out to qualifying businesses including Grant amount and Grant contract

June 15: Grant application window closes—may be earlier if funds are exhausted


Questions on the application process should be submitted to SEDA-COG c/o Betsy Lockwood at 570-522-7265 or by email to [email protected].