Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Coal Region Canary
Coal Region CanaryCoal Region Canary

Schuylkill County News

Schuylkill County Extends Hospitality Grant Funding

Businesses missed out on funding in 2021 when CHIRP money ran dry.

CHIRP funding extended

Schuylkill County Commissioners voted last week to approve up to $460,000 for hospitality businesses that were previously eligible for the CHIRP grant.

The CHIRP grant was a state-run program designed to offer financial assistance to businesses like restaurants, hotels, bars, and others in the hospitality industry.

Last year, the Commissioners hired NEPA Alliance to administer the grant program. And while the CHIRP grants were largely considered a success and money got to businesses in need promptly, there wasn’t enough money.

That $1.6 million last year wasn’t enough to fund all the businesses that applied. And some businesses last year, during the initial round of funding, apparently got short-changed.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Schuylkill County CHIRP Grant Applicants Getting Funded

The $460,000 will come from Schuylkill County’s American Rescue Plan funding. And once again, NEPA Alliance will administer the money to applicants of the original CHIRP grant program.

While this isn’t technically the CHIRP grant, Commissioners ordered NEPA Alliance to administer the money as if it were the CHIRP grant. That means the same types of businesses would be eligible and need to meet the same eligibility requirements.

Last year, Commissioner Boots Hetherington says, 65 applicants got funded with a CHIRP grant. Grants were valued up to $25,000.

“It picked up people who fell through the cracks,” Hetherington said. “This is an opportunity to use that ARP money for COVID-related situations.”

But just prior to deadline, another 16 applicants put in for a CHIRP grant. The problem was, there was no money.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

The new round of funding appears destined for those 16 applicants for the CHIRP grant and to those businesses who were eligible for $10,000 or $25,000 last year but had to settle for less due to a lack of funds remaining in the CHIRP pool.

“This is a fantastic program and we’re glad that we could fill the need,” Commissioner Gary Hess said last week.


Image: Depositphotos

Subscribe to Coal Region Canary

Get email updates from Coal Region Canary by becoming a subscriber today. Just enter your email address below to get started!

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More From The Canary

Obituaries Index

The latest obituaries from Schuylkill County .

PA Lottery Numbers

Check those tickets!

PA Lottery Numbers

Check those tickets!

PA Lottery Numbers

Check those tickets!

Local Weather

Classic Pennsylvania weather this week.

Local Weather

Don't bust out the snow boots just yet. It's just a little bit of snow ... probably won't stick to much, if it snows...

Local Weather

The S word is in the forecast but doesn't look like it's anything to worry about at all.

Local Business News

It started as a home-based bakery and now occupies a storefront in the busy King's Village.

Local Business News

Learn the inspiring story behind what started this handmade leather earrings business.

Local Business News

Lots of great gift ideas this holiday season from Pressed!

Schuylkill County News

Autopsy revealed intrauterine fentanyl toxicity, court documents show.

Schuylkill County Obituaries

Michael W. Brennan Jr., 53, of Tower City, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2023 at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Pottsville.