DOYLESTOWN, Pa. – Saying they wanted to “spread out” grants to as many needy small businesses as possible, the Bucks County commissioners have awarded $4.8 million to 785 entities economically struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The federal grants -- to businesses in 46 municipalities -- range between $2,000 and $30,000, and are the first in the Bucks Business Recovery Grant Program.
The Bucks Business Recovery Grant Program is fully funded using federal money received through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), according to James O'Malley, public information spokesperson, Count of Bucks.
"We've distributed somewhere in excess of $30 million in small business grants,” said Commissioner Chairman Bob Harvie, noting businesses that did not receive grant money through the Bucks Back to Work program were given priority in the ne program. “”It’s something we wanted to make sure we were spreading out as much as we could.”
About half of Bucks Recovery Grant applicants received awards through Bucks Back to Work, which issued grants in 2020 and 2021 totaling more than $26 million to about 1,500 businesses, according to O'Malley.
He said grants were awarded to non- and for-profit businesses. Of the 945 businesses that last year applied for a recovery grant, about 6 percent we non-profit entities, county officials said.
To administer the program, the county partnered with the Bucks County Economic Development Corporation, Bucks County Industrial Development Authority and the Redevelopment Authority of Bucks County., said O'Malley.
He said a full list of the small businesses awarded grants in the recovery program will be posted at county offices in "the coming weeks."
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