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More grant money available for small businesses, nonprofits hurt by the pandemic

The Dauphin County administration building in downtown Harrisburg

If you have a small business or nonprofit in Dauphin County, you may be eligible for another round of grant money.

The county commissioners have announced that another $1.15 million is available through the Dauphin County COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Grant Program.

Through the program, funded with federal dollars, applicants are eligible for up to $20,000 or three months of operating expenses, whichever is less.

“We are thankful that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provided the second round of grants to help small businesses and nonprofits, who are still struggling,’’ said Commissioner Mike Pries.

The application deadline is Dec. 31.

Eligible businesses or nonprofits must be located in the county and have 100 or fewer employees. Applicants must also serve a low-to-moderate income area or employ 51 percent or more low-to-moderate income workers.

While applicants that received previous coronavirus-related assistance can still apply, the amount of funding previously received will be considered in awarding grants, according to the commissioners.

“The pandemic continues to be a hardship, especially for smaller businesses and charities,’’ said board Chairman Jeff Haste. “We appreciate how important their services and jobs are to our community and want to do what we can to help them keep the doors open.’’

In the spring, the commissioners awarded $10,000 and $20,000 grants to more than 70 businesses through an initial HUD funding round. Additionally, in October and November, the commissioners presented $17 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act grants to 20 municipalities, 190 small businesses, and 71 nonprofits.

“We especially encourage those businesses and nonprofits that have not already received some assistance to apply,’’ said Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III. “While we cannot replace all the losses and expenses caused by the pandemic, we hope the relief we provide can keep them going until everything is at least somewhat back to normal.’’

Click this link to view online application for the Dauphin County COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Grant Program.

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