Lunch and Learn to focus on hospitality recovery program

Milford. Pike County is receiving $632,133 to provide grants to eligible businesses. A virtual program to be hosted by Pike Forward on March 23 will allow participants to ask questions.

| 17 Mar 2021 | 04:13

Pike Forward invites the public to a virtual Lunch and Learn at noon on Tuesday, March 23, to find out more about the Pike County Covid-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP).

Participants will be able to ask questions. To register visit

On Feb. 5, Gov. Wolf signed a law allocating $145 million to the newly created program, which allows eligible businesses adversely affected by the pandemic to apply for grants of up to $50,000.Applications are due April 30. To apply, visit

Completed applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. Evaluation will be based on eligibility criteria and demonstrated need based on information provided in the grant application.

This project was financed by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development. Pike County is receiving $632,133 to provide grants to eligible businesses through this program. Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $50,000. All funds will be distributed by July 31, 2021.

The amount of grant awarded, if any, may be less than the amount requested as determined by the evaluation process and amount of funding available.

Priority will be given to businesses that have not received any prior funding related to the pandemic. However, businesses that received these funds will not necessarily be disqualified.

The Pike County CHIRP is being administered by NEPA Alliance with support from Hailstone Economic.

Pike Forward is an initiative of the Pike County Commissioners organized in consultation with the County’s Human Services Office.

Eligible are businesses that:
Are for-profit
Are not publicly traded
Serve food or drink, with accommodations, food, or drink provided to the public with or without charge
Are worth less than $15 million
Have fewer than 300 full-time employees
Were in operation on Feb. 20, 2020
Plan to remain open for at least one year from date of application
Are current with all federal, state, and local income taxes
Have documentation of the pandemic’s financial impact