Allegheny County Democrats urge businesses to apply for hospitality relief funding when available

$13.7 million designated to Allegheny County through CHIRP

HARRISBURG, March 5 - Members of the House Allegheny County Democratic Delegation are urging hospitality business owners to apply for funding doled out through the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Relief Program.

Earlier this year, the state legislature unanimously approved $145 million for this program. The money has been split up among the state’s 67 counties. Allegheny County is receiving $13.7 million through the program. Restaurants, bars, and other hospitality businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 can apply for grants up to $50,000.

Allegheny County is working with local Certified Economic Development Organizations and Community Development Financial Institutions to establish an application portal that will go live on March 15. Funds will be disbursed to grant recipients by July 31.

Allegheny County Delegation Chair Austin Davis, as well as state Reps. Sara Innamorato, Brandon Markosek, Jessica Benham, Dan Deasy, Tony DeLuca, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Emily Kinkead, Anita Kulik, Summer Lee, Robert Matzie, Dan Miller, Nick Pisciottano, and Jake Wheatley issued the following statement:

“The hospitality industry has arguably been the hardest-hit industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor initiated the transfer of the $145 million for this program, and lawmakers came together in a bipartisan fashion to make the money available to bars, restaurants, and other hospitality businesses. When the application process opens for Allegheny County businesses on March 15, we urge every eligible business to submit an application so they can receive the assistance they desperately need and deserve.”

Hospitality businesses in Allegheny County can apply for grants through the county that will range from $5,000 to $50,000. To be eligible, a business must have less than 300 employees and demonstrate financial losses as a result of the pandemic. Priority will be given to businesses that were closed through the governor’s emergency disaster declaration.

Learn more about Allegheny County’s process for distributing the money and sign up for email updates here: PA COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program.