Luzerne County COVID-19 Grant Program Eligibility

Covid-19 Grant Eligibility

Please see the Small Business and Nonprofit Organization pages for respective eligibility requirements.

Eligible Use of Funds for all applicants

Eligible costs are only those costs incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic including state-mandated business/nonprofit closures and/or business operation/nonprofit restrictions. Costs must have been incurred no earlier than March 1, 2020 and no later than December 30, 2020

  1. Payroll costs, costs related to the continuation of group health care benefits during periods of paid sick, medical, or family leave, and insurance premiums. 
  2. Working capital for the purpose of paying mortgage principal and interest payments (but not mortgage prepayments); and principal and interest payments on any other debt obligations that were established before February 15, 2020. 
  3. Rent payments, utility payments. 
  4. Working capital for the purpose of covering the costs of re-opening business/nonprofit operations after being fully or partially closed due to the state-mandated business closure period commencing March 2020, or other state-mandated business operating restrictions, as long as the expense was incurred due to COVID-19.
  5. Any expenses (costs) incurred related to the expense of implementing COVID-19, including but not limited to specialized equipment, barriers, PPE’s, and employee training expense to ensure compliance with state and federal CDC guidelines for reopening. 

US CARES Act funding requires that no “person, business concern or other entity” will receive duplicative assistance. Therefore, any COVID-19 related expenses must not have been already paid with other relief measures and will not be paid with other CARES Act relief measures such as state grants or loans, US SBA Paycheck Protection Loans, or other local or regional CARES Act grant and/or loan programs. Applicants will certify that grant funds from the Luzerne County will not be used for the same purpose as funds received in prior CARES Act relief programs.