ChesCo Commissioners Award $5 Million in Grants for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline announced the award of $5 million in grants to 248 Chester County small businesses and agricultural enterprises. The individual grants, made available through the Chester County Main Street Preservation program for small businesses impacted by COVID-19, range from just under $1,500 to $25,000.
Chester County Commissioners’ Chair Marian Moskowitz said, “Preservation of Chester County’s main street businesses and our agricultural enterprises are a crucial part of our economic recovery and we are doing everything that we can to help them survive COVID-19. Even though restrictions have lifted somewhat in the yellow phase, many businesses still need support, not only in moving forward, but also in helping with the losses they have experienced over the past three months.”
The Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) administered the Main Street Preservation grant program on behalf of Chester County with support from County government departments. The program invited for-profit small businesses and agricultural enterprises formed and active in 2019 or earlier, with revenues of $500,000 or less to apply. The other requirement was that the businesses must be physically located and headquartered in Chester County.
The Chester County Main Street Preservation grant program received 674 applications from small businesses and agricultural enterprises, and from those applications, the 248 grants were awarded. The businesses receiving the grants are located throughout all of Chester County.