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County Distributes Grants To Businesses, Non-Profit Agencies

September 29th, 2020 Comments off

Distribution of nearly $400,000 in financial assistance for small businesses and non-profit organizations reeling from the economic impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic began this week. Potter County Commissioners Nancy Grupp, Barry Hayman and Paul Heimel chose to offer the grant program using federal funds awarded to the county through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Community Development Director Ellen Russell, Chief Clerk Jessica Giebel and Planning/GIS Director Will Hunt assisted the commissioners with the distribution. After an exhaustive review of federal and state guidelines and restrictions on use of the funds, Russell said the team was able to achieve its primary goal. “All Potter County businesses that were deemed eligible based on criteria provided by the Pa. Dept. of Community and Economic Development received funds to help make them whole, up to the cap of $25,000,” she reported.

Primary purpose of the program was to provide immediate relief so that qualifying small businesses and non-profit organizations could retain employees, continue operations, and remain sustainable. The commissioners recognized the need to inject the money into the local economy as quickly as possible, so they fast-tracked the application process. Specifics on the grant program can be found on the county website,, clicking on “Help for Small Businesses” in the upper right corner.

(Above, Terry Gerhart from E&G Auto Plus and Battery Warehouse in Coudersport meets with Ellen Russell to process CARES Act grant paperwork.)