The $145 million grant program, which passed unanimously in both the Pennsylvania House and Senate, is designed to provide much needed relief to restaurants, bars and hotels adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions.
All 67 counties in Pennsylvania were granted a certain amount of funding based on population and each county will handle the administration of its allotted funding. Grants will be awarded to eligible businesses in $5,000 increments, with $5,000 being the minimum and $50,000 being the maximum amount available. Eligible businesses will be able to apply for a CHIRP grant through the applicable county website beginning on March 15, 2021 at 11:00 AM.
To qualify for a CHIRP grant, a business applicant must, at a minimum:
While the above-listed requirements will apply to applicants in all Pennsylvania counties, individual counties may impose further eligibility requirements, so applicants should carefully review the eligibility criteria and necessary documentation for the county in which they are headquartered.
Prioritization of Applicants
Rules regarding how grant applicants will be prioritized to receive funding will vary by county. Philadelphia has indicated that priority will be given to eligible business applicants that:
Conditions for Applicants who Previously Received COVID-19 Relief Funding
Receipt of a loan or grant issued by the federal or state government does not disqualify a business from being eligible for the CHIRP grant. However, the relevant statute provides that CHIRP grant funds may not be used to pay the same eligible operating expenses for which a business received payment, reimbursement or loan forgiveness pursuant to the CARES Act or Consolidated Appropriations Act or the Pennsylvania COVID-19 Emergency Supplement to the General Appropriations Act of 2019.
The COVID-19 Task Force at Klehr Harrison stands ready to assist you in your business and legal needs. We will continue to provide additional information and guidance as the COVID19 situation develops.
 Philadelphia County has received approximately $17 million, Montgomery County has received approximately $9.4 million, Delaware County has received approximately $6.4 million, Bucks County has received approximately $7.1 million and Chester County has received approximately $5.9 million.