Clearfield County, PA – Starting March 15 until April 15, the hospitality industry will be able to apply for immediate relief through the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP), a new grant program established by the Wolf Administration to support local businesses in the hospitality industry that were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Clearfield County Commissioners want to make it clear that they can help walk bars, restaurants, hotels/motels, and bed and breakfasts through the process of applying for the grant.

Businesses with questions or concerns should contact their local county offices, CEDO, or CDFI for more information. CLICK HERE to learn where your closest CEDO office is. CLICK HERE to learn where your closest CDFI office is.

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A message from the Clearfield County Commissioners:

The Clearfield County Commissioners are pleased to announce another round of funding available for hospitality-related businesses. The COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (or CHIRP, for short) – authorized and allocated by the state – has awarded $897,671 to Clearfield County.

These funds will be disbursed to hospitality-related businesses that can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross sales for any quarter in 2020 relative to 2019 – and which can show a net loss (after any prior funds awarded, such as PPP or CARES grants).

Eligible business categories include bars, restaurants, hotels/motels, bed & breakfasts, and others with a state NAICS code that begins with 721 or 722. Due to the way the legislation is written, non-profit organizations are NOT ELIGIBLE for this grant.

The application will be available starting March 15 on our website (www.clearfieldco.org). The deadline for the first round will be April 15 at 11:59PM. After we process first-round applications, if there are still funds available we will conduct a second round at a time to be determined.

The North Central PA Regional Planning and Development Commission will be working with all 6 counties in their area (Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter) to approve the grant applications. In addition, as we did with the CARES grants, we are proud to partner with the North Central PA LaunchBox to help collect applications and assist businessowners if they have questions. They will have a computer lab available for those who want to stop by and receive one-on-one assistance with the application. If anyone has any questions about the process, contact the LaunchBox. Their address and contact information can be found on their website: https://dubois.psu.edu/launchbox.

We are proud to be able to offer even more support to area businesses as we all continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Clearfield County Commissioners