December 4, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BEDFORD County Commissioners Provide Funding Support to Bedford County Organizations
BEDFORD, PA—The Bedford County Board of Commissioners announced today a second round of award recipients as part of their CARES Act Small Business, Tourism, and Nonprofit Support Grant program. The second round totaled $532,860.12 in awards. The program was established to assist small businesses, local tourism, and nonprofits affected by COVID-19. These grants are being funded exclusively with Federal dollars issued as a direct result of the passage of the United States CARES Act. Bedford County’s share was distributed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the County Relief Block Grant program (CRBG). In addition, the County provided $11,704.02 from Bedford County’s County Relief Block Grant, to assist local municipalities with direct costs and $10,979.35 for behavioral health agencies in response to COVID—19
Solemnly recognizing the negative impacts that COVID-19 has imposed on the local economy, the County Commissioners strongly desired to do everything possible to support our local businesses and non-profits; and encouraged all impacted business owners and non-profits to apply. The grants are being specifically used to offset business interruption losses of eligible small businesses and qualified non-profits. Therefore, recipients of these awards were required to demonstrate a revenue loss from 2019 to 2020; and certify that the entity incurred certain allowable expenditures. These expenses included: rent, mortgage interest, utility bills, cable, internet, phone, spoilage, personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, unemployment compensation, fundraising losses, and costs associated with the preparations to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
To date, the County has awarded $1,145,393 in funds to support businesses and non-profits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bedford County Board of Commissioners wishes to express their sincere gratitude for the many difficult sacrifices made by business owners and non-profit leaders in our community; and encourages all its citizens to remain safe during this challenging season. In total, the County has provided $1,168,076 in direct relief throughout Bedford County.