PA Small Business Assistance

COVID-19 Relief PA Statewide Small Business Assistance Program

Providing grants to small businesses economically impacted by COVID-19

This is huge!
$225M PA Small Business Grant Program

Apply today for the biggest grant fund opportunity yet!

Applications are now open for Gov. Wolf’s COVID-19 Relief PA Statewide Small Business Assistance program. ASSETS is one of the 17-member PA CDFI Network that will be administering this program. Applications will only be open for 10 business days excluding the 4th of July holiday observance, closing July 14th at 11:59 PM. Applications will continue to be accepted after 10 business days but will be only considered for future rounds of funding. Additional rounds will be announced soon. This is not a first-come, first-serve application.

Phase 1 grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 will be available to small businesses located within PA; have an annual revenue of $1 million or less prior to the impact of COVID-19; and have 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees prior to February 15, 2020.

Even better news? Additional consideration will be given to women-owned businesses and at least 50% of the funds will go to historically-disadvantaged businesses. 

Visit the official website, read the FAQs and sign up for email updates →

The Important Details

We know times are confusing and every fund is slightly different.
Here are the top things you should know about this one.

Still have questions after reading through this information?

No problem! Email us at grants@assetsPA.org.


Application Tips

  • We recommend using a desktop or laptop computer to apply –– using a cellular device may make the application difficult to navigate.
  • For a stress-free application process, choose Google Chrome as your browser. There have been fewer technical issues with this particular platform.
  • Do not submit more than one application. Multiple submissions will delay processing your application and could result in a reduced chance of approval.
  • The “Application Certification” is a mandatory document which you must read, sign, and upload. Follow the link to the start of the application, on the right-hand side of the screen –– to the right of the “Apply Now” and “Submit” button –– you’ll see an outlined box titled “Qualifications”. At the bottom of the outlined box and above the “Contact ASSETS” section, you’ll find the linked document. You’ll want to download it, read it, sign it, and upload it with your application. 
  • If you are experiencing login or password related issues, we ask that you reach out to PACDFINetwork@lendistry.com. Include your first and last name, your business name as it appears on your application, and the issue you are experiencing. For security purposes, ASSETS or any of the partnering CDFIs cannot reach out on your behalf.
  • All of the required documentation may not apply to your business. If this is the case, we recommend that you upload a document in its place that states “This does not apply for my business”. 
  • If you do not have a website, use the following URL, www.none.com.
  • When uploading your bank information, if you are unable to verify your bank account, please continue with the submission process, verification can happen at a later date. 
  •  Remember, there will be multiple rounds of funding and this is not a first-come, first-served opportunity –– all applicants will be reviewed collectively. Submit your application before July 14th at 11:59 PM to qualify for the first round of funding. 


Preparing

Businesses are encouraged to start gathering the items that will be necessary to apply. At a minimum, the following list of items will be needed to apply. Additional items may be specified later:

  1. Government Issued Photo ID such as a Driver’s License or Passport
  2. Business financial information
    • Revenue from March 1st to May 31st for 2019 and 2020
    • Most recently submitted Federal Tax Return, 2018 or 2019 business or personal tax returns, including Schedule C.
    • If startup between January 1 – February 15, 2020, Internal Profit & Loss Statement
  3. Proof of Business Registration with PA Department of State, as applicable:
    • Articles of Incorporation (for corporations and LLCs); or Fictitious Name Registration/”Doing Business As” (Sole Proprietors); or Business Licences (if applicable).
  4. Bank Account Information


Prioritization

The program will prioritize small business that are:

  • Owned and operated by low and moderate-income people; or
  • located in areas of need including areas with a population having incomes significantly below the median income level, high levels of poverty, higher than average unemployment rates, or significant population loss.
  • Types of business that were most impacted by the economic shutdown and experienced the greatest revenue losses

In addition, the program will give consideration to the following factors: women-owned businesses, communities targeted for business investment by state government programs like Main Street and Elm Street, and rural communities.

At least 50% of the grants to small businesses will be awarded to Historically Disadvantaged businesses. Historically Disadvantaged businesses are at least 51% owned and operated by persons who are Black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian American, or Pacific Islander because they have traditionally been discriminated against and disadvantaged when seeking financial services and financial products.


Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, a business must:

  • Be physically located, certified to do business, and generate at least 51% of their revenues in Pennsylvania
  • Have annual revenue of $1 million or less prior to the impact of COVID-19; and
  • Have 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees prior to February 15, 2020.

At a minimum, the following entities are ineligible for grant funding under this program:

  • Businesses that are not physically based in Pennsylvania
  • Businesses that are inactive default (not on a payment plan) with taxes or fees owed to the Commonwealth or IRS
  • Non-Profits, churches, and other religious institutions
  • Government-owned entities or elected officials
  • Businesses experienced NO revenue loss and additional cost due to COVID-19

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