COVID-19 Information

SEDA-COG EDA COVID-19 Loan

As of 8/4/2020 – SEDA-COG was awarded $6.3 million from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) for loans to alleviate sudden and severe economic issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic for eligible small businesses in SEDA-COG’s region of Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, and Union counties.

Businesses can apply for loans of at least $10,000. No payments are due in the first six months. There is a $500 underwriting fee and a $100 filing fee.

Please complete the below application materials and send completed applications to SEDA-COG at eda@seda-cog.org.

EDA Application Checklist
Exbibit A COVID SEDA-COG Loan Application
Exhibit B COVID Certification Applicant Other Entities 2020
Exhibit C COVID Debt Schedule 2020
Exhibit D COVID Personal Financial Statement 2020

 

As of 4/22/2020 – The new SEDA-COG EDA COVID-19 Loan Fund is for businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. For-profit businesses can apply for loans of at least $10,000 starting now until funds are exhausted. No payments are due in the first six months. The total amount of the fund is $400,000. The interest rate is 3.25%.

Businesses must be in SEDA-COG’s region of Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, and Union counties.

Funds can be used for working capital and can be disbursed based on past working capital expenses.  There is a $500 underwriting fee and a $100 filing fee.

Application Checklist
Exhibit A SEDA-COG Loan Application
Exhibit B COVID-19 Certification of Applicant and Other Entities
Exhibit C COVID-19 Debt Schedule
Exhibit D COVID-19 Personal Financial Statement


SBA Disaster Loan Information

As of 4/24/2020 – The Small Business Administration will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program loan applications on Monday, April 27 at 10:30 AM EDT from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower. EIDL applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.   Pennsylvania small businesses can now apply for SBA Disaster Assistance loans Businesses can go to https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ and apply online. If assistance is needed in completing the application, your local Small Business Development Center has consultants that can help. To locate your local SBDC office, visit http://www.pasbdc.org/centers.

For more information:

Three Step Process SBA Disaster Loans

SBA Fact Sheet


CARES Act and Loan Information

As of 6/15/2020 – The Small Business Administration (SBA) reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance Program Reopened.

The SBA is offering low interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19 in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories. For more information {https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance}


Paycheck Protection Program

As of 6/24/2020 – The Small Business Administration will not accept applications for new PPP loans after June 30, 2020. Please click on the documents below to learn more about the Paycheck Protection Program.

Paycheck Protection Program Overview

Paycheck Protection Program Fact Sheet for Borrowers

Paycheck Protection Program Application form as of 5/21/2020

Paycheck Protection Program List of 7(a) Lenders

Paycheck Protection Program FAQs as of 5/13/2020


Pennsylvania COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance 

As of 6/29/2020 – Beginning 6/30/2020, 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. This is not a first-come, first-served program. There will be multiple rounds of application windows. Applications mush be submitted to a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). You must submit your application to the CDFI that serves the county in which your business is located.

For eligibility requirements [https://pabusinessgrants.com/]

For a list of Community Development Financial Institutions [https://pabusinessgrants.com/pick-a-cdfi/


COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grant Program

Governor Wolf announced the availability of $50 million in grant funding through the COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grant Program.

The COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grant Program was established to help employers provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining occupations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Hazard pay is intended to keep front-line employees working in sectors that are vital to every Pennsylvanians’ existence. The program will help employers provide hazard pay for their employees to retain current employees. This reimbursement-based grant is for employers who will be offering hazard pay over the eligible program period.

Applicants eligible to apply for grants are businesses, healthcare non-profits, public transportation agencies and certified economic development organizations (CEDOs).

SEDA-COG will be collecting the required information from interested employers. The deadline to submit information is Wednesday, July 29 at 5 p.m.

There are two forms that need to be completed by each employer:

Sample Employer Sheet
Survey Questions

Click here for the Program Guidelines.

Completed forms and or questions can be submitted to CWCA@seda-cog.org

For any questions, contact DCED Customer Service by calling 1-866-466-3972 or by email at ra-dcedcs@pa.gov or SEDA-COG at CWCA@seda-cog.org or 570-524-4491.

For Businesses Wanting to Sell Medical Supplies or Equipment to the Commonwealth of PA

The Commonwealth Pennsylvania created a new web portal that will expedite the procurement of critical medical supplies. Click Here to complete and submit the critical medical supplies procurement form.


For Businesses Wanting to Sell or Provide Medical Supplies or Equipment to the Federal Government

• To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please submit a price quote under the COVID-19 PPE and Medical Supplies Request for Quotation. Full details can be found in the solicitation (Notice ID 70FA2020R00000011).

o This solicitation requires registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to be considered for award, pursuant to applicable regulations and guidelines. Registration information can be found at www.sam.gov. Registration must be “ACTIVE” at the time of award. The SEDA-COG Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) can help you register in SAM. Contact our PTAC for SAM registration assistance.

• If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide us details on what you are offering.

• If you are a private company that wants to produce a product related to the COVID response – email nbeoc@max.gov.

• If you are a hospital and other companies in need of medical supplies, contact your state Department of Public Health and/or Emergency Management.

• If you are interested in doing business with FEMA and supporting the response to COVID- 19 with your company’s non-medical goods and/or services, please submit your inquiry to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Procurement Action Innovative Response Team (PAIR) team at DHSIndustryLiaison@hq.dhs.gov.


Healthcare workers and first responders

If you are looking for additional personal protective equipment (PPE) or other healthcare supplies, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency has a process to apply for unmet need requests here:

Mission Request Information

Unemployment Compensation and Paid Family Leave

While unemployment compensation eligibility determinations are made by the states, Congress recently made a number of changes to directly address COVID-19 concerns.

You can find more information by going to these state Unemployment Compensation resources:

Unemployment Compensation for Pennsylvanians from the CARES Act as of 4/13/2020

Unemployment Compensation What you Need to Know as of 4/13/2020

The United States Department of Labor has put together these resources to help you with information on paid family leave and COVID-19 sick time information:

Questions and Answers


Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action Portal

The state recently created a portal to help businesses get critical COVID-19 products to market or retrofit their operations to begin production of those products. Click here to read more about the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action Portal.


PA Careerlink Portal for Businesses seeking Employees

Life-sustaining businesses can feature their job openings on the portal through this form


 

COVID-19 Crisis Line for First Responders, Healthcare Workers

This free national mental health crisis line for COVID-19 first responders and healthcare professionals is open 24 hours and connects callers to licensed mental health clinicians for support. Call 1-800-327-7451 (TTY 711).


Self-Employed, Independent Contractors: Apply NOW for Unemployment Benefits (as of 4/20/20)

The application for unemployment compensation benefits for self-employed workers, independent contractors and others not typically eligible for benefits is NOW AVAILABLE on the Pennsylvania unemployment compensation system website – apply now: https://bit.ly/2Vp5t7v


 

CARES Funding for the Dairy Industry as 6/16/2020

Governor Wolf today announced $40 million in CARES Act funding is available to address dairy industry relief and food security. Learn more


Mainstreet Lending program as of 06/16/2020

The U.S. Federal Reserve has finalized guidelines for their ‘Main Street Lending Program’ to support lending to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is for businesses with 15,000 or fewer employees who had 2019 revenues of $5 billion or less, and requires minimum loans of $250,000. Loans through this program will go through eligible lenders. Learn more.


COVID-19 Cultural and Museum Preservation Program as of June 26, 2020

This grant program provides grant to cultural organizations and musuems that experienced a loss of revenue from the closure by the proclamation of disaster emergency declared by Governor Wolf on March 6, 2020. The funding is through the CARES ACT and will be administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development.

COVID-19 Cultural and Museum Preservation Grant Program
Program Guidelines


Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative (as of 7/9/20)

$10 million in grants is now available for PA businesses that have worked to maintain access to fresh, healthy food throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more and how to apply: https://bit.ly/2W4piAT

U.S. Department of Agriculture – Information to help rural communities and businesses during COVID19. See more information

U.S. Department of Agriculture –  COVID -19 Federal Rural Resources Guide as of 4/13/2020. See more information

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Information for communities during COVID-19. See more information

The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors – Information for townships on COVID-19.  See more information

The Pennsylvania Boroughs Association –  Information available for Boroughs on COVID-19.  See more information

The Pennsylvania Municipal League – Information on COVID-19 for local leaders. See more information

SEDA-COG Resumes Housing Rehabilitation Work on May 1

•  SEDA-COG will resume Housing Rehabilitation work on May 1 because Gov. Tom Wolf has lifted restrictions due to the COVID-19 crisis on that sector, with certain safety precautions. Homeowners whose projects were interrupted will be contacted.

•  SEDA-COG will announce when weatherization services will resume.  

• Crisis services are still functioning. The Crisis program repairs a malfunctioning heating unit at no cost to residents who qualify for fuel assistance, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The Crisis program runs until April 15 this year. For residents whose heat source is malfunctioning, they should call their county assistance office. The county assistance office will forward the completed referral to SEDA-COG to assign to a subcontractor.

• We encourage any clients with questions or concerns to reach out to us at information@seda-cog.org and we will direct your inquiries to the relevant department.


PA Department of Health COVID-19 Information

• Keep updated on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 information from the Department of Health Click Here


Human Services Needs

• Not sure where to go for food, housing, and other human service needs during this time of crisis? Dial 2-1-1. Talked to a trained community specialist and get connected to resources in your area!

If you are out of work without pay, you are eligible to receive food sourced from the state and federal government from a food bank or food pantry in Pennsylvania. This includes service workers who are unable to get shifts or hourly wage employees of non-essential businesses that have voluntarily closed due to COVID-19 mitigation. You will be asked to verbally complete a Self-Declaration of Need form, as signatures have been temporarily waived due to COVID-19. Food pantries continue to operate throughout Pennsylvania, although some have updated hours and all are working on ways to connect people with food without risking contact. Find a pantry near you, then give them a call to make arrangements.


Pennsylvania Statewide Helpline Launched

The Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced the launch of a statewide Support & Referral Helpline staffed by skilled and compassionate staff who will be available 24/7 to assist Pennsylvanians struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 emergency and refer them to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs.

The toll-free, round-the-clock support line is officially operational. The number to call is 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600.


Economic Stimulus Checks for Social Security Recipients

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service announced that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment. Instead, payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts.

More information is available here


Vehicle, Safety and Emissions Inspections Date Extended

Vehicle registrations, safety inspections and emissions inspections scheduled to expire from March 16 through April 30, 2020, the expiration date is now extended until May 31, 2020. Click Here for details.


PA Career Link Employment Portal

Looking for employment? Search this new job portal for life-sustaining businesses that are hiring!


Stimulus Check Tracking Site

Track your stimulus check payment with this Get My Payment tracking site here.


COVID-19 Resource Guide for Older Adults

Visit this site for help, meals, nursing home concerns, prescriptions, and more.

Below are links to COVID-19 information from the 11 counties in SEDA-COG’s region:

Centre 

Clinton

Columbia

Juniata

Lycoming

Mifflin

Montour

Northumberland

Perry

Snyder

Union

COVID-19 Articles

SEDA-COG Operational Response to COVID-19

SEDA-COG Operational Response to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to close the physical locations of non-life-sustaining businesses, SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) has closed its office(s) during this time, and in-person meetings have been...