Grant Application

PLEASE COMPLETE THE ONLINE GRANT APPLICATION BELOW, AND UPLOAD ALL THE FOLLOWING REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

*We are accepting applications until all program funds are expended.

Eligible Grant Applicants

For-Profit Businesses with a minimum of one (1) business owner and at least one (1) full-time equivalent (FTE) employee, but no more than one (1) owner and eight (8) full-time equivalent (FTE) employees as of January, 2020 will be eligible (NOTE: For purpose of determining eligibility for the SBRG Program, the term “one [1] business owner” shall include all natural persons with an ownership interest in the entity applying for the grant regardless of the number of owners or percentage of ownership interest therein. For example, four [4] natural persons who are shareholders/members/partners in the Applicant Business constitute “one [1] business owner” even if paid as employees of the Applicant Business for the purpose of determining eligibility of the Applicant Business).

Copy of most recently filed Business Tax Return;

 2020 Year-to-Date (YTD) by month profit and loss statement;

 Submit an employee form for at least one (1) low-to-moderate income (LMI), full-time equivalent (FTE) employee that you intend to retain, which may include both full-time or part-time employees. To retain an employee, please complete the “Employee Staffing Form” (Enclosed);

Business Owner(s) statement that describes and explains how your business suffered and/or experienced economic hardship by the COVID-19 pandemic
(Please limit your response to 250 words);

Permission to check the credit history, credit bureau ratings, and/or FICO scores of the business’ owner(s);

Copy of your current and valid business license; and
Copy of all federal, state, and local business financial assistance received (e.g., approval letters, loan documents, etc.) to reopen and restart business operations due to COVID-19.

 Submit a copy of your business’ insurance certificate

In summary, all submitted materials will be used to determine the business’ eligibility for grant funding. Only complete applications will be considered for a grant decision.

BCRA encourages all eligible business owners adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for this grant regardless of race, gender, age, ethnicity, income, special needs, or municipal location within Berks County. Persons who need ADA accommodations because of disability or special need, please contact the following NHS office or click the following link for instructions.

ALL THE FOLLOWING PDF’S ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS ONLINE APPLICATION 

*Please download the files, fill out the forms, then upload to this online application

PLEASE COMPLETE ALL 4 PARTS OF GRANT APPLICATION BELOW

Once started you must complete all application steps without leaving this page otherwise data will be lost and you will have to start again.

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Loan Application
  • SBRG Pre-Screening Form
  • Acknowledgment
  • Application
  • Applicant Documents
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2. How long has your business been open and/or in operation in Berks County?
Note: Your business must be in business for at least one (1) year from the date of the application. *
3. Are you currently a party to any lawsuit or pending lawsuits in Berks County, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and/or any other State/Federal District or Territory of the United States? If yes, then you are not eligible for this program. *
4. Are you currently in bankruptcy? If yes, then you are not eligible for this program. *
5. Has any owner listed defaulted on a federal, state, local, or commercial loan within the last 15 years? If yes, then you are not eligible for this program. *
6. Is your business owned in part or fully by a Berks County, City of Reading, or municipal staff, administrator, or leader? If yes, then you are not eligible for this program. *
7. What type of business do you own? *
8. Has the owner(s) ever been convicted of a felony and/or is presently subject to indictment, criminal information, arraignment, or other means by which formal criminal charges are brought in any jurisdiction? *

Based on your response, you are not eligible to apply at this time. If you feel you have received this response in error, please contact the program administrator at SBRLBerksCty@nhsgb.org