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Blair, Bedford Counties Release CARES ACT Funding


December 10, 2020

Blair and Bedford counties have released nearly $4 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) funds to help business affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blair County allotted nearly $3.3 million while Bedford County distributed $532,860 in its second round of awards. Bedford previously distributed $612,532 during its first round.

While funded federally, the monies are distributed through each county’s County Relief Block Grant (CRBG).

Businesses who applied and were awarded grants from Blair County include several from the Cove area including Cove Country Primitives $8,120, Spring House Grille $58,700, and Those Guys Pizza $29,081.

Area nonprofits awarded grants include Claysburg Area Public Library $3,383, Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company $1,878, Garver Memorial YMCA-YWCA $11,308, Martinsburg Community Library $9,181, Roaring Spring Community Library $3,287, Williamsburg Public Library $5,245, Williamsburg Community Farm Show $2,825, and Morrisons Cove Memorial Park $17,004.

Blair County commissioners Bruce Erb, Laura Burke, and Amy Webster announced the creation of the Blair CARES program in August, “to assist small businesses, local tourism, and nonprofits affected by COVID-19.”

The commissioners said the hope is the grants will help eligible industries and organizations stay in business through the COVID-19 pandemic, retain employees, and be prepared to grow in the future.

“Blair County’s economy has been significantly damaged by COVID-19,” said Commissioner Bruce Erb in a statement. “The Board of Commissioners is committed to providing support and assistance for our local businesses and nonprofit organizations.”

Bedford County Commissioners Josh Lang, Barry Dallara and Deb Baughman also announced the release of $11,704 to assist local municipalities and $10,979 for behavioral health agencies to help with COVID-19 related costs.

“Solemnly recognizing the negative impacts that COVID-19 has imposed on the local economy, the county commissioners strongly desired to do everything possible to support our local businesses and nonprofits,” the commissioners said in a joint statement.

Recipients of the awards were required to demonstrate a revenue loss from 2019 to 2020 and certify that the entity allowed certain expenditures. These expenses included rent, mortgage interest, utility bills, cable, internet, phone, spoilage, personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, unemployment compensation, fundraising losses, and costs associated with the preparations to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

To date, Bedford County has awarded $1,145,393 in funds to support businesses and nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and has provided $1,168,076 in direct relief throughout Bedford County.


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