1. What is the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program?
This is a program that Governor Tom Wolf signed into law as the Act of Feb. 5, 2021. Each
county in Pennsylvania is being awarded a block grant (which was based on the county
population size). This grant is for eligible businesses whose primary business activity is in NAICS
subsectors 721 (Accommodations) or 722 (Food Service and Drinking Places) affected by the
COVID-19 pandemic for the purpose of alleviating revenue losses and paying eligible operating
expenses. Please note that the NAICS code is as stated on the business tax return. The Rising
Tide Community Development Financial Institution will administer this program as the certified
CDFI for Northampton County and Lehigh County.
2. Why is the program eligibility limited to NAICS subsectors 721 (Accommodations) and 722
(Food Service and Drinking Places)?
This limitation was determined by the state legislation that authorized the program.
3. What is a NAICS Code?
NAICS (pronounced NAKES) Code stands for North American Industry Classification System. The
NAICS System was developed for use by Federal Statistical Agencies for the collection, analysis
and publication of statistical data related to the U.S. business Economy. You can learn more
about NAICS at https://www.naics.com/what-is-a-naics-code-why-do-i-need-one/. (Also, for
additional details on how to find the NAICS code on the business tax return, please see
answers to question 16.)
4. When is the grant application period?
The grant application period opens March 15th, 2021, and it will remain open until funding for
grants has been exhausted, or June 15th, 2021, whichever occurs first.
5. Where do I submit the application?
Please submit the application and all required documentation on the Rising Tide’s website www.therisingtide.org. If you have any questions or comments, please send it to: [email protected].
6. What determines that an applicant will receive grant funding through this program?
Consideration for grant funding will be based on satisfaction of eligibility criteria. If an applicant
meets the eligibility criteria and funds are still available, then the applicant will receive grant
funding. The applicant must demonstrate a need due to COVID-19 disruptions. Please note that
applications that meet the priority requirements will be considered first. This program is not a
first come, first serve/funded program. (For more details on eligibility and priority, please see
answers to question 7.)
7. What is the eligibility and priority criteria?
Eligibility – A for-profit entity that meets each of the following:
1) Is not publicly traded
2) Experienced a reduction in revenue in calendar year 2020 of at least 25% from the applicant’s
gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020 (for additional details, please
see answer to question 9.)
3) Meets each of the following conditions as of February 15, 2020:
- Operates a place of business within Northampton County or Lehigh County having a
NAICS designation within the Accommodation subsector (721) or Food Services and
Drinking Places subsector (722) and where accommodations, food or drink is served to
or provided for the public, with or without charge
- Has fewer than 300 full-time employees
- Has a maximum tangible net worth of not more than $15 million in accordance with
generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
Priority – in the awarding of grants shall be given to eligible applicants that:
- have not received a loan or grant issued under the authority of the Commonwealth or
the Commonwealth’s political subdivisions or by the Federal Government under the
CARES Act or Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021
- were subject to closure by the proclamation of disaster emergency issued by the
Governor on March 6, 2020, published at 50 Pa.B. 1644 (March 21, 2020), and any
renewal of the state of disaster emergency
- can demonstrate a reduction in revenue of 50% or more (for additional details, please
see answer to question 10.)
8. What does the term “Sales Data”refer to on the application?
The term refers to the gross revenue (gross receipts, gross sales) generated by the products
or services of businesses (reduced by returns and allowances) whose primary activity is in
NAICS subsectors 721 (Accommodations) or 722 (Food Service and Drinking Places).
9. How to measure if the business experienced a 25% reduction in revenue?
- The applicant had gross receipts during the first, second, third or fourth quarter in calendar
year 2020 that demonstrate at least a 25% reduction from the applicant’s gross receipts
during the same quarter in calendar year 2019.
- If the applicant was not in business during the first or second quarter of calendar year 2019,
but was in business during the third and fourth quarters of calendar year 2019, the applicant
had gross receipts during the first, second, third or fourth quarter of calendar year 2020 that
demonstrate at least a 25% reduction from the applicant’s gross receipts during the third or
fourth quarter of calendar year 2019.
- If the applicant was not in business during the first, second or third quarter of calendar year
2019, but was in business during the fourth quarter of calendar year 2019, the applicant had
gross receipts during the first, second, third or fourth quarter of calendar year 2020 that
demonstrate at least a 25% reduction from the fourth quarter of calendar year 2019.
- If the applicant was not in business during calendar year 2019, but was in operation on
February 15, 2020, the applicant had gross receipts during the second, third or fourth
quarter of calendar year 2020 that demonstrate at least a 25% reduction from the gross
receipts of the entity during the first quarter of calendar year 2020.
- An applicant that was in operation in all four quarters of calendar year 2019 is deemed to
have experienced the revenue reduction in subparagraph (1.) if the applicant experienced a
reduction in annual receipts of at least 25% in 2020 compared to 2019 and the applicant
provides copies of its annual Federal tax forms substantiating the revenue decline.
- If an applicant changed ownership or control in calendar year 2020, the applicant may
measure its reduction in revenue in calendar year 2020 under subparagraphs (1.), (2.), (3.),
(4.) or (5.) using the gross receipts of the entity for 2019.
10. How to measure if the business experienced a 50% reduction in revenue?
The business can demonstrate a reduction in revenue which meets one of the following:
(A) A reduction in gross receipts of 50% or more for the period beginning after March 31, 2020,
and ending before December 31, 2020, in comparison to the period beginning after March 31,
2019, and ending before December 31, 2019.
(B) If the eligible applicant was not in operation during the entire comparison period under
clause (A), but was in operation on February 15, 2020, a monthly average reduction in gross
receipts of 50% or more for the period beginning after March 31, 2020, and ending before
December 31, 2020, in comparison to the period beginning after January 1, 2020, and ending
before April 1, 2020.
11. What documentation needs to be submitted with the application?
- Business Tax returns for 2019 and 2020, if completed
- Quarterly Financial Statements OR Sales, Use, and Hotel Occupancy Tax (PA-3) form for 2019 and 2020, including profit and loss
- Proof of Business Organization (Certificate of Organization, Articles of Incorporation, or
Fictitious Name Filing)
- Form W-9
- Copy of Business Owners Driver’s License
12. What are eligible operating expenses?
An operating expense, including a payroll and nonpayroll expense, that is both ordinary and
necessary. An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in an eligible applicant’s
industry. A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for an eligible applicant’s
trade or business. For purposes of determining an eligible operating expense, the following
limitations shall apply:
- The operating expense must have been incurred between March 1, 2020, and June 15,
2021, or prior to submission of an application under subsection (b), whichever occurs
- For a mortgage obligation, the mortgage must have been in force before February 15,
- For rent, under lease agreements, the lease agreement must have been in force before
February 15, 2020.
- For utility costs, service must have begun before February 15, 2020.
- If an existing mortgage obligation or lease agreement in force before February 15, 2020,
is refinanced or restructured after February 15, 2020, the mortgage obligation or lease
agreement is deemed to have been in force before February 15, 2020.
13. How long will the review process take for grant applications?
This will depend on several factors including (but not limited to) the quality and quantity of
applications received. Awards will be announced on a rolling basis until such time as all grant
program funds are allocated.
14. Will I be contacted if my application is incomplete or inaccurate?
Priority will be given to applications that are accurate and complete. If time permits and funds
remain, applicants who submit an incomplete and/or inaccurate application will be contacted.
15. What is considered a full-time employee?
Per the IRS, “… a full-time employee is, for a calendar month, an employee employed on
average at least 30 hours of service per week, or 130 hours of service per month.”
For additional information please visit:
16. Where can I find the NAICS code on my business tax return?
Small business and Self-Employed – If the business operates as sole proprietor, self-employed,
or Limited Liability Company, please see below (Page 1 of Schedule C, Box B ; Top right):
For additional information on Small Business and Self-Employed please visit:
Partnership – If the business operates as a partnership (with a business structure of one of the
following: General Partnership, Limited Partnership, Limited Liability Partnership, Limited
Liability Company), please see below (Page 1 of Form 1065, Box C. Business code number ; Top
For additional information on Partnerships please visit
Corporation – S-Corp and C-Corp
If the business files as an S-Corporation, please see below (Page 1 of Form 1120-S, Box B.
Business activity code number ; Top left):
For additional information on S-Corporations please visit:
If the business files as C-Corporation, please see below (Page 4 of Form 1120, # 2, letter a.
Business activity code no. ; Top left):
For additional information on C-Corporations please visit
17. What if I cannot find the NAICS Code on my business tax return?
If your business is in the Accommodations industry or Food Service and Drinking Places industry,
you can go to the NAICS code website https://www.naics.com/search/ and conduct a search
based on your business primary activity/service. Please note that this information must be
accurate as this is one of the eligibility criteria.
18. I am a sole proprietor and do not have an EIN; what should I do to complete the
For the application, please provide your social security number.
19. I am having trouble accessing the online application form?
We are encouraging all applicants to be patient in submitting their online application forms.
Please note, this program is not a first come, first serve. As such, submitting a complete
application with all required information on each section and documentation is more important
than submitting the first application. We expect than when the program opens on March 15th
2021, the system will be swamped with application submissions. You may need to clear or
refresh your web browser if you continue to have trouble reloading the application form.
20. What if I have a question that isn’t’ answered in the FAQ?
All questions about the program must be submitted in writing to: [email protected]. Please
include the business name and the business address in the email.
21. Do I need to reapply to be eligible for the change in grant amount that became effective April 15, 2021?
No, applicants do not need to reapply.