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Lycoming County CARES Act: COVID Relief Block Grant Program


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The $2 trillion economic relief package aims to protect the American people from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19. The CARES Act provides economic assistance for local governments and American workers, families, and small businesses. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES ACT), through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development, awarded Lycoming County $10,231,903 in County Relief funding. The County of Lycoming Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the availability of COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant funds. The County is requesting information on any COVID-related expenses that your municipality or organization has spent since March 1st, 2020 or anticipates spending by December 30th, 2020. PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) provides program details and guidelines


COVID-19 Relief Fund Applications and Information 

Small Business (For-Profit Only)
Alternative Learning Centers
Fire/EMS Grant Application
Submit Applications to:
Email:  Covidrelief@lyco.org 
Mail: Lycoming County Dept. of Planning & Community Development 
        48 West Third Street 
        Williamsport, PA 17701
Fax: 570-320-2135


Lycoming County Dept. of Planning & Community Development 
Phone: 570-320-2130 
Email: Covidrelief@Lyco.org 




Frequently Asked Questions:


Q: Are payroll costs eligible?

A: Yes, payroll costs not covered by a PPE loan are eligible for the March 1- Dec. 30th period for small business, non-profits, and fire/EMS. Please include in the application in the “other” category.

Q: What documentation is needed for payroll?  

A: Include a payroll summary sheet.  You may estimate payroll expenses through Dec. 30, 2020. Also include a salary breakdown for full and part time employees with their annual salary/wages. Fringe benefits can be included but should be listed separately.  

Q: Can I amend my application after it’s submitted?

A: Yes, you may amend or summit additional information up until the deadline

Q: When will awards be announced and when will funds be available?

A: Awards are expected to be announced in mid-October with funds available late October/early November. The County will send grant recipients an award letter with a subrecipient agreement that must be returned to the County before grant funds will be disbursed.  

Q: If I submitted a COVID needs assessment this summer do I have to reapply?

A: Yes, the needs assessment forms helped the County determine the initial impact of COVID in the community and needs throughout the county. Please complete the corresponding application for your organization as outlined above.

Q: What utility bills can we include? Can we include anticipated bills?

A: Utility costs not covered by a PPE loan are eligible for the March 1st - Dec. 30th period. These include electric, heat, phone, and cable/internet expenses. Do not include water and sewer, since they are municipal-owned utilities and funds cannot go towards municipal lost revenue. Please estimate and/or include last year’s bill or that timeframes as a reference if possible.  Staff will follow up to request invoices/bills at a later date.  

Q: Is there a maximum amount that we can apply for? 

A: (For all except small businesses) Please include all incurred and expected COVID expenses from March 1 through Dec. 30, 2020.Dec.; no grant amounts have been set per applicant at this time.

Q: Can canceled fundraisers and lost revenue be included in our applications? It was on the needs assessment form but now is not an option on the full application.  

A: Unfortunately, no.  The County received guidance after the initial needs assessment that clarified the funding parameters.

Q: What invoices or receipts do I include?  

A: Invoices must be for work, services, or products from the March 1, 2020- Dec. 30, 2020 timeframe. Older invoices or bills can only be submitted as the basis for estimates for eligible costs not yet incurred during this timeframes and if they are clearly marked as estimates. You will be required to submit the proper documented before receiving grant funds. Example: You may submit last year’s Nov. 2019 electric bill as an estimate for your Nov. 2020 electric bill. 

Q: Can I drop off my application in-person? 
A: Yes, applications can be  hand delivered to the Lycoming County Dept. of Planning & Community Development at: 
     330 Pine Street- 3rd Floor (Executive Plaza)
     Williamsport, PA 17701


Additional Funding Information: 
Grant Fund Eligibility (When Applicable)
  •  Small businesses with fewer than 100 employees
  •  Tourism businesses of all sizes, including county fairs
  •  Certified Economic Development Organizations, Local Development Districts, Industrial Resource Centers, Small Business Development Centers, and Economic Development Corporations
  •  Municipalities: Cities, boroughs, townships
  •  Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment Service Providers
  •  Nonprofits organized as 501c (3), or 501c (19) veterans organizations
  •  Departments of County Government

Grant Fund Uses

Funds may be used to cover costs that directly result from the pandemic emergency including but not limited to:

  •  Offsetting cost of a county’s direct pandemic response, planning, and outreach efforts.
  •  Purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in response to the pandemic.
  •  Offsetting cost of a municipality’s response and planning efforts, including purchase of PPE.
  •  Offsetting losses to small businesses with fewer than 100 employees
  •  Offsetting losses to tourism businesses of all sizes, including state and county fairs.
  •  Payroll expenses incurred for a “substantially different use” to enable proper response.
  •  Payroll costs for public health and public safety employees.
  •  Grants to CEDOs, LDDs, IRCs, SBDCs, and EDCs to support costs of assisting businesses during Covid.
  •  Behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment services
  •  Broadband deployment with priority to unserved or underserved areas
  •  Offsetting losses to 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(19) programs
Ineligible Fund Uses
Funds may not be used to fill shortfalls in municipal revenue. For municipalities, eligible cost must be for a pandemic-related, substantially different use from any expected use of funds in a budget line item, allotment, or allocation.


Eligible Costs

US Treasury Guidance enumerates three eligibility criteria for allowable types of costs:

  1.  Costs that are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19);
  2.  Costs that were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act) for the State or local government; and
  3.  Costs that were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 30, 2020.

Other Available Funds

STEP, Inc. Housing Rental Relief Program

Lycoming County and STEP, Inc. have received $460,000 in funding for rental assistance due to COVID-19 through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). The CARES Rent Relief Program is available for renters throughout Lycoming County in need of financial assistance as a result of the pandemic.

Eligible applicants for this program must be able to show a loss of 30% of annual income since March 1st, 2020 related to COVID-19 or have become unemployed since March 1st. Household income may not exceed the Median Area Income. Renters who are eligible may receive up to 100% of their monthly rent, not to exceed $750 a month. A maximum of six months of assistance may be available for the time period between March 1st, 2020 and November 30, 2020. Payments will be made to the landlord directly. Landlords may also apply for rent relief on behalf of their tenets, however the tenants are responsible for submitting all required documents to ensure eligibility.

Lycoming County has designated STEP, Inc. as the designated agency to handle the application process and disbursement of funds in Lycoming County. Applications and instructions are available online at bit.ly/STEPCARES.

PHFA Housing Mortgage/Rental Relief Program

 The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency provides additional funding for residential relief. Additional information and applications can be found at https://www.phfa.org/pacares/.



Lycoming County Deptartment of Planning & Community Development 
Phone: 570-320-2130 
Email: Covidrelief@Lyco.org


Last Updated: 11/17/2020 3:01 PM
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