MontcoStrong 2021 Pennsylvania Hospitality Industry Recovery Program – February 2021

Introduction

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has allocated $145 million to counties for a grant program to provide financial relief to businesses with a primary activity in NAICS Code subsector 721 (Accommodations) and 722 (Food Service and Drinking Places) per Senate Bill 109, known as Act 1 of 2021, signed by Governor Wolf on Friday, February 5th, 2021.  Montgomery County is receiving approximately $9.4 million in funding to provide grants to eligible businesses through this program.  The eligibility, application requirements, and program design are all developed from the text of Act 1 of 2021.

 

Program Guidelines and Program FAQ

Before applying, interested businesses should thoroughly review both the Program Guidelines and Program FAQ to ensure eligibility and to prepare to apply when the application window opens.

Program Guidelines – English (updated as of 02/26/2021)

Program FAQ – English (updated as of 02/26/2021)

Program Guidelines – Spanish (translation in process)

Program FAQ – Spanish (translation in process)

Program Guidelines – Korean

Program FAQ – Korean


Program Documents

Governor Wolf’s Announcement Upon Signing SB 109 

SB 109 - Act 1 of 2021 

W-9 Template in English 

W-9 Template in Spanish 

Documentation Explanation Spreadsheet Template for Applicants

Documentation Explanation Spreadsheet Template for Applicants - Korean

Example of Completed Documentation Explanation Spreadsheet

Example of Completed Documentation Explanation Spreadsheet - Korean

Program Application

The application window for this program will open at Noon on Friday, March 12th, 2021.  The link to the online application will be posted here once the program is open.  Appendix A of the Program Guidelines provides an overview of the application questions and general format.


Application Tips

To help applicants with their applications, here are some helpful tips:

  • Make sure you read the Program Guidelines and Program FAQ thoroughly; we cannot stress this enough.   One of the primary reasons that applications in prior MontcoStrong grant programs have not been funded is because applicants do not follow the information in the Program Guidelines.   This is most noticeable when an applicant indicates they intend to spend grant funds in a manner inconsistent with what is allowable for the program/funding round.
  • Have all of you required documentation ready before you begin to fill out the online application – you’ll save yourself time when doing the application and stress.  When you are filling out the online application, you will be given an email address at the appropriate step to send all of your documentation to.
  • Make sure all of the documentation you are going to submit is legible and addresses the specific requirements of this program.   It is critical that an applicant can demonstrate a reduction in revenue with documentation – this is a requirement from the legislation directly.  The Program Guidelines explains how you will need to define your revenue reduction and how you must document it.
  • Don’t rush to be the first application submitted.   While we encourage applicants to get their application in a timely manner once the application window opens, don’t risk getting something wrong just to submit fast.   Remember, this program is not a first come, first served/funded program; having a thorough application that can be reviewed without issue is more important than being first.


Program Questions

Questions about the program should be submitted in writing using the Commerce Department Assistance Request Form

Responses are usually provided within 24-48 hours of question submission.  Please note that feedback on individual applications and/or status of review are not provided per the Program Guidelines and Program Application.


Additional Information

Information on NAICS Codes

For information on COVID-19 and Montgomery County’s response to the global pandemic, visit www.montcopa.org/COVID-19

For information on Federal Government resources to help businesses address the COVID-19 global pandemic, visit https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

For information on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s response to the global pandemic, visit www.pa.gov/covid/