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Pennsylvania Opens Up $655 Million In Grants for Child Care Providers

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is distributing $655 million in American Rescue Plan Act Stabilization Grants to child care providers in the commonwealth.

Licensed child care providers can apply for grants to cover almost any expense needed to continue operations and fight the impacts of COVID-19. Directors, owners, administrators and/or designated fiscal staff members can access the application for their program under the Keystone STARS/Grants tab in their organization’s profile.

The funding is available for child care providers with a good standing license that has been open since March 11, 2021, or will reopen by the end of September.

The total grant amount is based on

  1. Current enrollment
  2. Infant/toddler care
  3. Keystone STAR designation
  4. Reduced Child Care Works (CCW) enrollments
  5. The geographic location of a provider.
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Philadelphia Wage Tax Q&A: COVID-19 Policies

The following is in response to frequently asked questions as a result of the
Department’s Wage Tax policies throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Facts: An employer has a business location in Philadelphia. As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and the Mayor’s and Governor’s Orders, the employer’s non-resident employees began working remotely outside of Philadelphia. Since July 3, 2020 (the beginning of the “limited green phase” of reopening), the City’s guidance for office workers is, “Remote work must continue where feasible.”

In the following circumstances, to what extent is a non-resident employee’s compensation treated as compensation for services performed in the City of Philadelphia and thus subject to Philadelphia Wage Tax withholding?Read More

Over $37 Million Available to Residents to Assist with Rent and Utility Bills

Delaware County officially launched the Delaware County Emergency Rental Assistance (DELCO ERA) Grant Program on March 26. The program assists renters who have suffered disruption and loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over $37 million is available to residents to assist with past due rent and an outstanding utility bill.

How the program works:

  • DELCO ERA will pay for past due rent, the largest past due utility bill, and up to three months of future eligible housing/utility expenses totaling up to 15 months of assistance. Past due rent can go as far back as April 1, 2020. DELCO ERA does not pay for deposits.
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Brinker Simpson to Participate in Restaurant Rebound: COVID-19 Business Update

On Tuesday, March 30th, from 11 a.m. to noon, Bob Simpson, CPA, and Kristen McCabe, CPA, will join the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and the Delaware County Commerce Center for “Restaurant Rebound: COVID-19 Business Update”. During this webinar, the group will discuss new legislation for the foodservice industry and review the Pennsylvania C.H.I.R.P. (COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program). Following the update, presenters will take part in a live Q&A. We hope you will join us!
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$145 Million PA Hospitality Grant Program; Join us 3/2/21 for more information!

Governor Wolf recently announced the establishment of a hospitality industry focused grant program.

As a result, $145 million in funding will be distributed to all 67 Pennsylvania counties through the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program to help support the commonwealth’s hospitality industry.

Funding will be provided through population based block grants to be allocated by February 28.  The program requires counties to establish grant programs for eligible businesses through CEDOs (Certified Economic Development Organizations) or CDFIs (Community Development Financial Institutions).  Grants will be awarded in $5,000 increments with a $50,000 maximum.

Join Brinker Simpson & the Delaware County Commerce Center at 10am on March 2nd for a COVID19 Update webinar. Read More

Pennsylvania Child Care COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Award

On January 20th, Pennsylvania’s Governor Wolf announced the opportunity for one-time $600 grants for child care workers across PA through the federal Child Care Development Fund quality dollars and remaining funding previously made available through the federal CARES Act. 

Nate Wahner from the Brinker Simpson Consulting Group compiled information to help providers determine if they are eligible and find out how to apply.  Please find the information below.

Eligibility forPA Child Care Grant

Childcare workers must:

  • Be employed by a licensed childcare provider through the Office of Child Development and Early Learning as of January 1, 2021.
  • Work a minimum of 20 hours per week at a licensed childcare provider that is open and operating.
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Nonprofits Can Apply Now for 2021 Impact Grants With The Foundation for Delaware County

Nonprofits are invited to submit grant requests to The Foundation for Delaware County as it launches its third competitive grantmaking cycle.

A formal Request for Proposals (RFP) is available on its website www.delcofoundation.org.

Applications are due online Feb. 9, 2021 with awards to be announced in late April 2021.

The grants awarded through this competitive grant process will advance the foundation’s goal to improve the health and quality of life of children and families in Delaware County.

For the current funding cycle, the foundation will consider awarding grant funds in the following priority areas designed to address many social determinants of health:

  • Children’s Health and Well-Being (Infants to ages 18)
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Food Security
  • Hospice and Home Care

There will be a limited number of multi-year grants (up to 3 years) available).… Read More

Delco Strong: Rapid Response Applications Accepted December 18th thru 28th

Thanks to Delaware County Council, county businesses are being thrown a $4 million life preserver in the hope it can help them tread through the next few weeks.

On Wednesday, council unanimously approved earmarking $4 million of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act monies to provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $40,000 for businesses that were hit by the most recent virus mitigation guidelines. The program will be administered by the Delaware County Economic Development Oversight Board.

*This program is being offered ONLY to those industries directly affected by Governor Wolf’s new mitigation order announced on Thursday, December 10th that went into effect on Saturday, December 12th and continues through Monday, January 4th.*… Read More

Philadelphia Offers COVID Relief via Amendment of 2019 BIRT Return

Last week, the City of Philadelphia announced a COVID related relief option which includes the ability for Philadelphia based businesses to amend their 2019 BIRT if they overestimated their 2020 estimate and the ability for restaurants to amend their November & December U&O returns to exclude the dining area from the calculation.

If you are a Philly business impacted by the recently enhanced restrictions, reach out to your accountants ASAP to determine how these announcements impact you.
https://www.phila.gov/documents/coronavirus-tax-guidance/

Erin Arvedlund of The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Business Desk wrote an article about this on Monday, December 7th.   Brinker Simpson’s Kristen McCabe was interviewed and featured in it. … Read More

Governor Wolf of Pennsylvania announces new restrictions

Governor Wolf of Pennsylvania announced new restrictions and a new plan aimed at increased enforcement for not following orders already in place and those announced yesterday with the announcement of potential regulatory action for “repeat offenders.”

The press release can be read in full HERE.   The new order can be read in full HERE.

The updated order mentions immunity from civil liability for businesses by declaring within the order that they are working in essential emergency service activities but only as related to the masking mandate which can be read HERE.

Wolf and Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine announced the new measures in a news conference yesterday, November 24. … Read More

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