Rabb prepares to help local businesses apply for COVID-19 relief grant money


PHILADELPHIA, June 18 – State Rep. Chris Rabb on Thursday announced his office is preparing to help local businesses that qualify for COVID-19 relief grant funds to apply for those funds.


“The effort to save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic has required that people stay home and social distance,” Rabb said. “While that effort has been vital, we all know that the impact on our local businesses has been profound. I am grateful for the opportunity this grant funding will provide local businesses, and I’m excited to help local businesses that wish to access some of this grant funding as they look toward recovery.”


The state grants available to local businesses will range from $5,000 to $50,000 and can be used to cover any operational costs associated with COVID-19.


The recently enacted state budget includes $2.6 billion in federal stimulus funds through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act. Within that allocation, the Department of Community and Economic Development has been allocated $225 million for this COVID-19 relief program through a distribution to Community Development Financial Institutions.


Local businesses in Rabb’s district, the 200th Legislative District, which include the Zip codes 19118, 19119, 19138, 19144 and 19150, may reach out to Rabb and his staff for assistance now so they are prepared once the grant program opens for applications. Local businesses should contact Rabb and his team by email at RepRabb@pahouse.net or by telephone at 215-242-7300.


More information about the grant program, including eligibility requirements, can be found online at https://dced.pa.gov/programs/covid-19-relief-statewide-small-business-assistance/.