Business Recovery Grant

Application Deadline: June 19, 2020

 

The Girard Borough continues to invest in the business community through the availability of façade improvement reimbursement grants, and now the new Business Recovery Grant.

 

Girard Borough is using a portion of the Mission Main Street funds provided by the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority, with their permission, to meet the immediate and short-term needs of the downtown business community to remain viable and thrive through the COVID-19 pandemic and the new challenges that come with it.

This grant is specifically for businesses located within the designated downtown boundary, which is Main Street from the east borough line (just west of Westgate Drive) to Old Ridge Road, and Rice Avenue from Main Street to Vine Street.

 

Girard Borough has allocated $10,000.00 for the Business Recovery Grant Program.

 

Grant funds may be used for the items detailed below and may be applied to eligible and approved costs incurred no earlier than March 6, 2020, the date of the Governor’s COVID-19 Emergency Declaration.

 

Grant Approval and Notification

You will be notified of grant approval by Tuesday, June 23, 2020, just four days after the application due date, which is Friday, June 19, 2020. If funds remain after this date, applications will be received and accepted on a rolling basis until all the Business Recovery Grant funding is awarded.

 

If you are approved for a grant, the Girard Borough will make payment directly to your vendor or consultant if the approval is for a service to be provided or for a service that has been provided and not yet paid in full, or as a reimbursement to you if you can submit proof of payment.

 

Submission Requirements

Completed applications may be mailed or delivered to the Borough Office during regular business hours, or emailed to Rob Stubenbort, Borough Manager at robs@girardborough.com. The deadline to apply is June 19, 2020.

 

Grants are available to eligible businesses in amounts up to $1,000 or half of the total project cost, whichever is less. A 50/50 financial match is required. The applicant must provide a quote or estimate from a legitimate professional and/or vendor to show proof of project costs. Proof of completion and payment must be submitted to Girard Borough upon completion of the project.

 

Grant funding is to be used to offset unanticipated technical assistance costs caused by the COVID-10 Emergency Declaration. Funding may be used for any of the following, alone or in combination:

  • Development of an e-commerce or online selling platform
  • Development of gift cards for your business
  • Development of a business contingency plan
  • Hiring a professional to help you manage your expenses and revenues, and related contracts, which were negatively affected by the impact of the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration
  • Hiring a professional to help you communicate with your customers online
  • Hiring a professional to help you research, review, and apply for grant and loan opportunities
  • Hiring a professional to help you understand, plan for, and react to employment issues
  • Hiring a professional to help you create and/or implement employee and/or customer safety protocols required by applicable Department of Health Orders, and/or CDC or other applicable governmental guidelines to enable you to resume business
  • Purchasing safety equipment/supplies
  • Implementing customer capacity management and fulfillment logistics to include business floor plan layout, signage, contactless transactions

 

If you have questions about this grant and your eligibility:

If you have questions regarding the completion of this application or the eligibility of your project, contact Borough Manager Rob Stubenbort at (814) 774-9683 x 203 (Office), (814) 392-4169 (Cell), or robs@girardborough.com.

 

With your application, please make sure you complete and include the following:

  • Grant Request Application
  • Signed Agreement
  • Reinvestment Forecast (Help us understand your business, its needs, what steps you’ve taken to thrive, and how this grant will sustain your business.)


Grant Approval and Distribution of Funds
You will be notified within four business days of the application deadline, which is June 19, 2020. If you are approved for a grant, the Girard Borough will make payment directly to your vendor or consultant if the approval is for a service to be provided or for a service that has been provided and not yet paid in full, or as a reimbursement to you if you can submit proof of payment.

 

 

GRANT APPLICATION

Business Name: ___________________________________________TIN:________________

Primary Contact Person:  _________________________________________________________

Phone:  ____________________  Email:_____________________________________________

Please enter the amount in grant funding you are requesting:  $_____________  (amount must be half of your total project cost up to $1,000)

 

Please confirm that you have a 50/50 match contribution toward this project:  Commitment letter(s) from matching sources such as banks or other granting sources should be included with your application.

  • Yes
  • No

 

Please indicate for what you will use the grant (check all that apply):

  • Development of an e-commerce or online selling platform
  • Development of gift cards for your business
  • Development of a business contingency plan
  • Hiring a professional to help you manage your expenses and revenues, and related contracts, which were negatively affected by the impact of the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration
  • Hiring a professional to help you communicate with your customers online
  • Hiring a professional to help you research, review, and apply for grant and loan opportunities
  • Hiring a professional to help you understand, plan for, and react to employment issues
  • Hiring a professional to help you create and/or implement employee and/or customer safety protocols required by applicable Department of Health Orders, and/or CDC or other applicable governmental guidelines to enable you to resume business
  • Purchasing safety equipment/supplies
  • Implementing customer capacity management and fulfillment logistics to include business floor plan layout, signage, contactless transactions


 

 

 

 

AGREEMENT

 

I have read and understand the terms of Girard Borough’s Business Recovery Grant Program, and I am prepared to meet the specified terms if this application is approved.

 

I confirm that I have no delinquencies with any municipal payments (may be subject to verification).

 

I understand that this project is approved for grant payment in accordance with approved application that is attached to, and incorporated in, this agreement.

 

I understand any grant money awarded cannot be applied to any other uses not outlined and approved prior to grant payment.

 

I understand that all work must be completed, and the grant must be closed out, within 60 days of the approval date of this application, unless otherwise agreed to in writing by both parties. Unless otherwise agreed to in writing, any portion of an award not utilized within the 60-day period shall considered to be forfeited by the applicant.

 

I understand that any change to the project must be first approved by Girard Borough.

 

I understand that I am required to complete the Business Recovery Grant reporting upon completion of my project.

 

I understand that failure to comply with this agreement may jeopardize receipt of grant funds or the request for funds to be returned to Girard Borough.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                       

Business Owner                                                                                          Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REINVESTMENT FORECAST

Please share with us how this grant benefits your business.

ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS

How many years have you been located in downtown Girard?  ___________________

Do you own the building from which you operate?

  • Yes
  • No

 

Will your project help retain current employees?

  • Yes
  • No

How many people do you currently employ? __________

How many people did you employ prior to the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration?  __________

COVID-19 IMPACT

Your operation status is?

  • Open regular hours
  • Open limited/reduced hours
  • Not open at all

If you are currently open, how long do you estimate your business can survive in its current state before having to close permanently?  _____________________ (weeks/months)

 

If you are NOT currently open, will these grant funds help you reopen at some capacity?

  • Yes (If yes, please indicate targeted reopen date: _________________)
  • No

How confident are you in your business’s ability to reopen at full capacity after restrictions are lifted?

  • Very confident
  • Somewhat confident
  • Not confident at all

 

Have you applied for business assistance loans as a result of COVID-19?

  • Yes
  • No

 

If yes, please list which loans, the amount of the application and whether you have been approved?  (Examples: PPP, EIDL, Other): ___________________________________________

 

Have you applied for other business assistance grants in the last sixty (60) days?

  • Yes
  • No

 

If yes, please list which grants?  __________________________________________________

 

How much in financial assistance have you applied for from other sources?: $_____________

 

How much in financial assistance have you received to date from other sources?: $__________

 

Do you have a Business Contingency Plan to help your business through the COVID-19 pandemic?

  • Yes (If yes, please attach your plan or an outline of steps taken)
  • No

 

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR NEEDS
You may attach separate sheets for your answers.

 

Please describe the challenges you have faced as a business during the COVID-19 pandemic and your greatest needs as a result:

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________

Please describe the steps you have taken as a business during the COVID-19 pandemic to address the above challenges including minimizing risk to the public, improving business practices and processes, communicating with employees and customers, as well as your overall plan for recovery:

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________

Please describe how this grant will help you thrive through the COVID-19 pandemic so that you can reopen at full capacity when restrictions are lifted:

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________

 

Please describe your timeline in implementing your project for this grant so that you can reopen at full capacity when restrictions are lifted:

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________