COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP)
The Bradford and Susquehanna Counties Commissioners are pleased to announce the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP) to assist businesses within the hospitality industry that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is being funded through County Block Grant – COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program as authorized by PA Senate Bill 109 of 2021 in coordination with the Department of Community and Economic Development. The total funding available through the program is $456,770 for Susquehanna County and $683,240 for Bradford County for hospitality industry businesses. In an effort to streamline potential applications for the program the Counties have formed a partnership with the Progress Authority who will serve as a clearinghouse for hospitality-based businesses interested in pursuing the funds to ensure compliance with the program.
These funds are available for hospitality-based businesses as classified by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) which carry designations within the Accommodation subsection (721) or Food Services and Drinking Places subsector (722). Eligible businesses must have been in operation as of February 15, 2020 with no plans to permanently cease operations within 1 year of the date of application and be able to demonstrate a 25% reduction in gross receipts from any quarter of 2020 against the same quarter from 2019. Grant Awards will be awarded in $5,000 increments. Priority will be given to those who have not previously received funding assistance and to those with emergent needs. Applications will be processed on a rolling calendar basis from March 1, 2021 through June 15, 2021.
The full set of program guidelines can be found on the Progress Authority, Bradford County and Susquehanna County websites. For more information, please contact the Progress Authority via email – firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or by telephone – 570-265-0937.
CHIRP – Bradford County Application
CHIRP – Susquehanna County Small Application