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Clearfield County
Small Business
CARES Grant Application
Round 2
DEADLINE: November 15, 2020

Section 5001 of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), which became law on March 27, 2020, establishes a Coronavirus Relief Fund.  The CARES Act requires that governmental recipients of Coronavirus Relief Fund money use it for expenditures that (1) were necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency; (2) were not accounted for in the governmental budget most recently approved as March 27, 2020; and (3) were incurred, on a cash basis, during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 30, 2020. 

            Related guidance issued by the United States Department of the Treasury (“U.S. Treasury”) permits funds to be used to provide “grants to small businesses to reimburse the costs of business interruption caused by required closures.”  Frequently Asked Questions issued by the U.S. Treasury indicate that such grants may be used to reimburse the costs of business interruption caused by required closures as well as “to benefit small businesses that close voluntarily to promote social distancing measures or that are affected by decreased customer demand as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.”  Such effects must relate to the period that began on March 1, 2020 and ends on December 30, 2020.

            Pennsylvania Act 24 of 2020 provides that Coronavirus Relief Fund Money distributed through the Commonwealth, which includes the funds received by the County used to fund this Business Interruption Grant program, may be used for small business grant programs to “support businesses with fewer than 100 employees with priority given to those businesses that did not receive a loan or grant through the federal Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program established under the CARES Act.”  In addition, such grants are available to businesses and other entities that are primarily engaged in the tourism industry, with 100 or more employees. 

            Act 24 further provides that CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund money may be used for nonprofit assistance programs for entities that are an exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

            Applicants must be appropriately licensed and operating in the County.  Applicants must also operate from a physical location in the County.  

ANNUAL GROSS REVENUE Maximum Amount Available Per Business*
Up to $200,000 $5,000
$201,000+ $10,000
*Amount is the maximum that can be applied for. Actual award will be based on company financial data provided. The County reserves the right to reduce the maximum amounts based on demand.

Instructions:

            Answer all questions completely and accurately.  It is important that this form be completed in its entirety. 

Current interpretation of federal CARES Act guidance suggests that business and nonprofit entities with more than 100 employees would not be eligible for CARES Act small business grants for business interruption at this time.  In the event your entity is above the applicable thresholds, a review will be conducted to determine whether any exceptions apply.

**IMPORTANT - do not attempt to upload more than 5 files, or any individual file larger than 20MB! If you get a file loading error, please verify ALL prior typed information is still there - often the app will 'start over' if there's a file error.

Any awarded funds will be taxable and we will issue a 1099 at the end of the year.

Contact/Business Information

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Legal Description of Business: *
Does your business have more than one legal owner? *
List Names and Addresses of ALL owners, if applicable (Hit the Green "+" for additional rows)
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Was your entity in operation prior to March 1, 2020? *
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Is your business appropriately licensed and CURRENTLY operating in the County, with no plans to go out of business in the next 12 months? *
Is your business a private, for-profit entity legally operating in the state of PA? *
How many people (FTEs) are employed in your business? *
Is your business primarily engaged in the tourism industry? *
During the period that began on March 1, 2020 and runs through October 31, 2020, has your business been financially affected by COVID-19, including but not limited to due to required closure orders, voluntarily closures to promote social distancing measures, or decreased customer demand as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency? *
Has your business received ANY COVID-19 related funding (Grants or Loans) *
If yes, indicate the amount below: (Numeric values only)
 Amount
Federal SBA - PPP
Federal SBA - EIDL
State - CDFI - COVID19 Relief
State - CWCA
Federal/State Other
Local Government
Philanthropic Source
Other
***(ONLY use numbers, no decimals or symbols - example type 4500, not $4500 or 4500.00)*** Please list your organization’s operating expenditures in the following categories for the period running from March 1, 2020 through October 31, 2020. The maximum amount of business interruption grant may not exceed the total of your expenses in the following Eligible Expenditure categories identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development in its August 4, 2020 “COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant” webinar minus reimbursement for those expenditures that has been or will be received from other sources: *
 Each field must have an entry. Type in '0' if not applicable.
Rent
Mortgage Interest
Utility Bills
Cable
Internet
Phone
PPE Purchases
Cleaning Supplies
Unemployment Costs
Any cost associated with the preparation of the place of business to mitigate the spread of COVID-19
Reimbursement that has been or will be received for any of these costs (including any PPP loans/grants or similar)

Company Financial Data

Prepare a net profit/loss report for March 1 - Oct 31 of 2020, and the also March 1-Oct 31, 2019. There are many ways to do this, but here are the two we would prefer...please choose one:
 
    A.) If you or your acccountant use Quickbooks:
 
    -Open your company in QB
    -Click on the 'reports' tab, then click on 'Company & Financial'
    -One of the options will be  'Profit & Loss Prev Year comparison'. Click that.
    -The report will appear comparing 2019 and 2020 year to date. To the right of 'Dates' in the upper left will be a drop-down box,         currently set to 'This Fiscal year-to-date'. Click the drop-down and select 'custom'.
    -In the 'From' field enter '3/1/2020'. In the 'To' field enter '10/31/2020'.
        The form should now show a complete comparison between last year and this year for the timeframe specified. 
    -Under 'file' click 'Save as PDF'. MAKE NOTE of where it's saved - I recommend saving it to your desktop or to your documents folder                for easy access. Name it something you'll remember as well.
    -Upload the file to the portal as requested.
 
    
    B.) If you or your accountant do NOT have Quickbooks (or comparable accounting software):
 
    -You can find an excel template on our website at www.clearfieldco.org. It has tabs for both 2019 and 2020 March-October. Please fill               out all the information on BOTH tabs, save it on your computer, and then upload it to the portal. 
 
 IMPORTANT NOTE: Whichever option you choose, remember that you are certifying that the information is accurate. If the state decides to run an audit and discovers that you have provided inaccurate information, they have the right to demand repayment of the grant. So please provide the most accurate data possible.



When you submit, you will see a 'success' page with a reference number. If that does not happen, you DID NOT complete the application!

Questions? The North Central PA LaunchBox is assisting Clearfield County with administering round 2 of CARES funding. Please contact Brad Lashinsky, Director, at ncpalaunchbox@psu.edu or 814-375-4704.

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