COVID-19 Disaster Relief Resources

This is a list of resources to assist you in coping with the effects of COVID-19 on your small business. We will be updating this list as the situation develops. 

SBA Disaster Relief Funds

SBA has re-opened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) for eligible small businesses, private non-profits and U.S. agricultural businesses.  To apply, click here

 If you have already applied via the streamlined application, please do not resubmit your application. Call l-800- 659-2955 or email
disastercustomerservice@sba.gov with any questions about your filed application.

Other Federal Resources

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

Information for how the SBA Disaster Assistance program will impact Pennsylvania Businesses can be found here. 

This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available.

Pennsylvania Resources

The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has allocated $225 million for COVID-19 relief to small businesses through a distribution to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs).

This fact sheet has key information to help your business prepare for the spread of COVID-19. Due to this evolving situation, we encourage you to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 webpage for frequently updated information, guidance, and materials.

  • Department of Commerce and Economic Development Resources:

    • General Resources page including links to funding opportunities, exemption forms for essential business status, and further information: ​​https://dced.pa.gov/resources/

 

  • Guidelines for Farmers

    • For information as it relates to agriculture during COVID-19 mitigation in Pennsylvania, visit agriculture.pa.gov/COVID

Erie Resources

  • Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority COVID-19 Response Fund

​The COVID-19 Response Fund will include one new grant program and two new loan programs created to help meet rapidly rising needs generated as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis.  The three emergency programs include: Immediate Human Relief Fund, Civic Institution Deferred Income Loans, and Small Business Loan Program. More information: https://www.ecgra.org/covid-19-response-fund

  • Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership

The ERCGP updates this page frequently with the most up to date information available for local business owners within the Erie County area. https://www.eriepa.com/coronavirus-erie

Other Resources

Facebook has developed a resource center to provided small businesses with resources to help them navigate any unexpected challenges they may face during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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