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Posted on: March 19, 2020

COVID-19 Support Information

Bucks County COVID-19 Information Portal

Bucks County has collected current information on the coronavirus from all its departments at the County Data Hub. There are links to economic resources, as well as health and human resource information. Visit the Bucks County COVID-19 Data Portal.

Community Resources

Several organizations in the region are offering resources and materials to the community. In partnership with the NHS School District, New Hope Solebury Cares has organized a coalition of area non-profits and organizations to bring their resources together to meet the needs of local families during this difficult time. You can download and print out the list from this PDF.

Unemployment Compensation

COVID UC BenefitsIf your job has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive Unemployment Compensation (UC) benefits. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has put together a list of frequently asked questions on UC specifically related to the coronavirus emergency. Click here to go the FAQ.

Relief for Unemployment Compensation Charges for Employers

Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Law provides that employers may request relief from certain benefit charges. Learn more on the state Department of Labor and Industry website.

Assistance for Small Businesses

The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.

Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.

Applications can be filed starting 4/3/2020

Bucks County COVID-19 Economic Rapid Response Loan Program

The Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors in conjunction with the Bucks County Commissioners are launching the COVID-19 Emergency Economic Rapid Response Loan Program to support Bucks County businesses that have been immediately and severely impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic. The Commissioners are committing $600,000 in Municipal Grant Program funds to establish a loan program targeted towards those businesses in the tourism and hospitality industry that are reeling from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. While initially targeted to municipalities affected by the Parx Casino closure, remaining funds are now available to any qualifying hospitality business in Bucks County. You can apply on the Redevelopment Authority of Bucks County website and read more about the program here.

Disaster Loan Information

The federal Small Business Administration provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters. SBA disaster loans can be used to repair or replace the following items damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster: real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets. Read more on the SBA website.

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has guidance for employers on planning, preparation and response to COVID-19.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Emergency Loans

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses and nonprofits keep workers employed amid the pandemic and Economic downturn. Click here to download a PDF on the CARES Act emergency loans.

National Restaurant Association

The National Restaurant Association continues to engage with local, state, and federal officials to help their employers and employees address this public health emergency. Visit their coronavirus information page.

Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association

PRLA has coronavirus information and resources on its website for the state’s hospitality industry.

COVID-19 Working Capital Access (CWCA) Program

The COVID-19 Working Capital Access (CWCA) Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) and provides critical working capital financing to small businesses located within the Commonwealth that are adversely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. All CWCA loan applications must be submitted through a Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO). You can learn more on their website.

Grants And Resources For Artists And Nonprofits

A running list compiled by the Arts producer at WBUR-FM, Boston’s Public Radio station, of small emergency grants and funds to hold artists over during the crisis. Visit the Grants And Resources For Artists And Nonprofits list.

Coronavirus Resources for Pennsylvanians

Sen. Bob Casey has assembled a list of resources to help you, your family, and your community navigate the challenges of this difficult time. This page will be updated regularly to best reflect the most updated information available. Visit his website’s COVID-19 resource page.

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