Throughout the pandemic SEDA-COG has assisted over 300 restaurants and other businesses in the hospitality industry, helping them obtain CHIRP (COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program) funding totaling $7,156,564.19.
Following is the amount of funds awarded and number of businesses receiving grants per county:

  • Centre: $1,809,992.00, 84 businesses
  • Clinton: $426,792.00, 20 businesses
  • Columbia: $717,306.12, 37 businesses
  • Juniata: $275,973.00, 9 businesses
  • Lycoming: $1,264,226.00, 54 businesses
  • Mifflin: $512,576.00, 20 businesses
  • Montour: $203,080.00, 10 businesses
  • Northumberland: $994,997.02, 35 businesses
  • Snyder: $449,268.05, 16 businesses
  • Union: $502,354.00, 19 businesses

Pennsylvania established CHIRP to allocate $145 million in funding assistance across the state for businesses adversely affected by COVID-19.

Businesses applied to the grant through the Community Giving Foundation website. The applications were then reviewed by SEDA-COG and staff from the CGF. Applicants were selected based on eligibility, those with priority need, date of application, and availability of funds. SEDA-COG then distributed funds to the awarded businesses.

Kim Wheeler, Executive Director of SEDA-COG, says, “These businesses were hit especially hard during the pandemic, and we are thrilled to be able to help them navigate the often-complicated world of government grant opportunities. This grant allows businesses some breathing room to get back on their feet.”

SEDA-COG is a community and economic development agency in Lewisburg and is one of seven Local Development Districts in Pennsylvania. SEDA-COG enhances the quality of life and economic advantage for residents and businesses in the 11 central Pennsylvania counties through its vital partnerships and initiatives.

For more information, please contact Elaine Stauder, communications coordinator, SEDA-Council of Governments, at 570-522-7429 or

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