In light of recent events, the federal government has allocated sizable resources to help communities cope with the Covid-19 Pandemic. These dollars were made available as a result of the CARES Act, and then passed through to the states. Pennsylvania has determined an allocation schedule for rural counties, passing a portion of these funds ($ 4.1 million) directly to Mifflin County. Our Board has consulted with many stakeholders in order to determine where these funds can have the greatest impact. We have determined the following four areas, while adhering to the funding stipulations, can provide the most help to our communities: Broadband Deployment, Local Government Assistance, Small Business and Non-Profit relief grants.
This website is meant to help business owners/operators, non-profit and local government managers access funds to help them offset the loss of revenue and increased expenses brought about as a consequence of containing the Pandemic. Stay-at-Home orders, as promulgated by the Governor’s Office, have negatively affected most facets of our economy. Our restaurant/tourism industry has suffered greatly, seeing an abrupt stop of customer revenues, while needing to invest considerable money into personal protective equipment/PPE, plexiglass partitions and a major reduction of indoor serving capacity.
We understand that $4.1 million will not completely alleviate the losses our communities have endured. It is our hope these dollars will be a shot-in-the-arm, filling in holes that might be left from businesses and organizations who were able to qualify for US Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program/PPP, Economic Injury Disaster Loan/EIDL program or Pennsylvania’s Certified Development Finance Institutions/CDFI grant program. Those businesses and organizations who were not able to qualify are of particular interest to us and will receive priority consideration. If you own or manage a small business, non-profit or local government located in Mifflin County, we would encourage you to click on the tab that matches your type of organization and learn how to qualify for grant funds to help out during these trying times.
Board of Commissioners