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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

Indoor dining resumes in Philadelphia at 25% capacity

Beginning September 8,  indoor dining resumed in the city of Philadelphia under specific restrictions that are largely consistent with indoor dining restrictions statewide. The City’s new indoor dining restrictions include, but are not limited to:

  • Restaurants cannot be filled to more than 25 percent capacity.
  • No more than four diners per table.
  • Tables must be arranged so that diners at separate tables are at least six feet apart or have an impermeable barrier between them.
  • Servers must wear both masks and face shields for additional protection.
  • No bar service. Alcohol can be served only for on-premises consumption when in the same transaction as a meal.
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Governor Wolf Announces Restaurants May Increase Indoor Occupancy to 50 Percent Starting September 21

A press released from Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania announced September 8th, 2020 that restaurants may increase their indoor occupancy to 50 percent of occupancy (based on fire code) beginning September 21, 2020.   The press release can be read in full HERE.

Also beginning September 21, 2020, restaurants that serve alcohol will be required to end alcohol sales at 10:00 PM.

The release also provided information about the establishment of a Pennsylvania government database (Open & Certified Pennsylvania) where restaurant owners planning to expand to 50% of occupancy must self-certify they are strictly complying with public health safety guidelines and orders.… Read More

Pennsylvania’s ​Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) – extra $300 unemployment benefit now available

The Pennsylvania Office of Unemployment Compensation provided information  for unemployed Pennsylvanians eligible for an extra $300 unemployment benefit made available from the federal government to support Americans who became unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 related virus mitigation measures.

The below information can also be accessed HERE.

​Lost Wages Assistance Program

The federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program gives Pennsylvania $1.5 billion to provide an extra $300 a week in additional funds to individuals that are unemployed (or partially unemployed) because of COVID-19.

LWA Program Eligibility

  • You must be fully or partially unemployed due to COVID-19, and
  • You must have a weekly benefit rate + dependent allowance totaling $100 or more, and
  • You must receive a payment each week from one of the qualifying programs:
    • Unemployment Compensation
    • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation
    • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
    • State Extended Benefits
    • Shared-Work
    • Trade Readjustment Allowances
You will certify only ONCE for the LWA program.
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Second round of applications for PA small business grant program begins today; ends August 28th.

We reported earlier on the availability of small business grants for Pennsylvania businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health measures.  See our earlier post for more information about the program by clicking HERE. The second and final round of funding is open starting today through 11:59 PM on Friday, August 28.

Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf announced the grant program earlier this year.  The grant program was made available as a component of the 2.6 billion in federal stimulus funds allocated to the state  through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES).

Eligible applicants not awarded in the first round do not need to reapply and will be rolled into the next round for consideration.… Read More

PA opens portal for hazard pay grant

The COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grant Program was established to help employers provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining occupations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Hazard pay is intended to keep front-line employees working in sectors that are vital to every Pennsylvanians’ existence. The program will help employers provide hazard pay for their employees to retain current employees. 

Created through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, this reimbursement-based grant is available to employers offering hazard pay during the eligible program period and will be administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Businesses may apply for grants up to a maximum of $3 million.Read More

Wolf restricts restaurant capacity, alcohol sales, and public gatherings in PA

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf released new restrictions in a press release you can read HERE.

The mitigation efforts included in the new orders from Gov. Wolf and Dr. Levine include:

Bars and Restaurants

All businesses in the retail food services industry, including restaurants, wineries, breweries, private clubs, and bars, are permitted to provide take-out and delivery sales of food, as well as dine-in service in both indoor and outdoor seating areas so long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of the guidance, as required by the order, including:

  • Prohibition from conducting operations unless the facility offers sit-down, dine-in meals or is serving take-out sales of alcoholic beverages.
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