COVID-19 Relief Block Grant Program for Fairs & Festival
Luzerne County has received over $28 million in State and Federal CARES funding to invest in
COVID-19 related projects in Luzerne County. Luzerne County has designated $100,000 for
Fairs/Festivals throughout Luzerne County.
Grant funding may be used to support unanticipated COVID-19 expenses including but not limited to
the purchase of PPE, implementation of disinfection strategies, and socially distanced safety signs,
etc. Your organization may also have other expenses such as advertising costs associated with the
2020 event that was cancelled. Any eligible cost incurred after March 1, 2020 may be considered for
reimbursement. Funds granted through this program cannot go to cover general operating costs and
cannot be utilized for lost revenues. In addition, if your organization has received reimbursement from
other sources, such as the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency or the Pennsylvania
Department of Community and Economic Development, these invoices cannot be submitted for
consideration. All grant requests will be considered that have a direct relation to the pandemic.
Luzerne County must expend these funds no later than December 30, 2020.
Grant awards are based on documented expenses. Proof of payment must be submitted with the
application. Applications will be accepted until October 1, 2020 and should be mailed to:
Luzerne County Manager's Office
200 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
The envelope should be marked "Fairs/Festivals Application"
Applications and supporting documents can also be emailed to:
Any questions should be directed to Ted Wampole, Executive Director, Luzerne County Convention &
Visitors Bureau at Theodore.Wampole@luzernecounty.org or 570-819-1877.