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COVID-19 Relief PA Statewide Small Business Assistance

The COVID-19 Relief Pennsylvania Statewide Small Business Assistance program will provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to small businesses that have been economically impacted by COVID-19.  Rising Tide Community Loan Fund is one of 17 Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) that make up the PA CDFI Network and will be administering this $225M program announced by Governor Wolf.

This is not a first-come, first-served program.  There will be multiple rounds of application windows. The first funding round opened June 30, 2020 and closed on July 14th.  The second and final application window is open for 15 days  from August 10th to August 28th. 

If you applied during the first application window, you do not need to reapply.  Qualified applications will be automatically rolled over into the next funding round for consideration. 


To be eligible to apply, a business must:

  • Be physically located, certified to do business, and generate at least 51% of their revenues in Pennsylvania;
  • Have annual revenue of $1 million or less prior to the impact of COVID-19; and
  • Have 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees prior to February 15, 2020.


The program will prioritize small businesses that are:

  • Owned and operated by low and moderate-income people; or
  • Located in areas of need including areas with a population having incomes significantly below the median income level, high levels of poverty, higher than average unemployment rates, or significant population loss.
  • Types of businesses that were most impacted by the economic shutdown and experienced the greatest revenue losses.

In addition, the program will give additional consideration to the following factors:  womenowned businesses, communities targeted for business investment by state government programs like Main Street and Elm Street, and rural communities.

At least 50% of the grants to small businesses will be awarded to Historically Disadvantaged businesses. Historically Disadvantaged businesses are at least 51% owned and operated by persons who are Black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian American, or Pacific Islander because they have traditionally been discriminated against and disadvantaged when seeking financial services and financial products.

In addition, the program will ensure that grant funds are awarded to small business located across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Grant Amount

The amount of grant funding ranges from $5,000 to $50,000. Businesses are eligible based on their annual revenues as documented in their most recent tax return:

Eligible Businesses Amount available per business
Annual revenue  up to $50,000 $5,000 grant
Annual revenue $50,001 – $75,000 $10,000 grant
Annual revenue $75,001 – $100,000 $15,000 grant
Annual revenue $100,001 -$250,000 $20,000 grant
Annual revenue $250,001 -$500,000 $25,000 grant
Annual revenue $500,001 – $750,000 $35,000 grant
Annual revenue $750,001 – $850,000 $40,000 grant
Annual revenue $850,001 – $1,000,000 $50,000 grant

What is needed to prepare?

Businesses are encouraged to start gathering the items that will be necessary to apply. At a minimum, the following list of items will be needed to apply.  Additional items may be specified later:

  1. Government Issued Photo ID such as a Driver’s License or Passport
  2. Business financial information:
    • Revenue from March 1st to May 31st for 2019 and 2020
    • Most recently submitted Federal Tax Return. 2018 or 2019 business and personal tax returns including Schedule C.
    • If startup between January 1-February 15, 2020, Internal Profit & Loss Statement
  3. Proof of Business Registration with PA Department of State, as applicable: Articles of Incorporation (for corporations and LLCs); or Fictitious Name Registration/ “Doing Business As”(Sole Proprietors; or Business License (if applicable).
  4. Bank Account Information

Ineligible Entities

At a minimum, the following business entities are ineligible for grant funding under this program:

  1. Businesses that are not physically based in Pennsylvania
  2. Businesses that are in active default (not on a payment plan) with taxes or fees owed to the Commonwealth or IRS
  3. Non-Profits, Churches and other religious institutions
  4. Government-owned entities or elected official offices
  5. Businesses experienced NO revenue loss and additional cost due to COVID-19

Other ineligible businesses will be specified at a later date.

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