GROVE CITY – Starting Feb. 22, small businesses in Grove City can apply for grants to help with hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Penn-Northwest Development Corp. is taking the lead on the grant program, Borough Man ager Vance Oakes said at Monday night’s borough council meeting.

The funds are provided by the state Department of Community and Economic Development through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act.

The application and detailed program guidelines will be available on Penn-Northwest’s website, penn-northwest.com

The program is meant to support small businesses and avoid job loss caused by business restrictions and closures due to pandemic.

It can also help enable the creation and retention of jobs held by individuals with low to moderate incomes, according to the guidelines.

The borough will accept applications Feb. 22 through March 26 from small businesses in Grove City that are eligible. Businesses could receive a one-time grant of $10,000 from the borough’s pool of $72,294 in grant money.

The application asks for details about how the businesses have been impacted by the pandemic, and how the grant would be used to prevent, prepare for and respond to the effects of the virus.

Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

FOR MORE information, call Penn-Northwest Development Corp at 724-662-3705 or email info@penn-northwest.com

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