Applications planned for CARES funds

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County intends to set up an application process for local entities interested in a share of the county’s anticipated $11 million COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant.

The state Department of Community and Economic Development has confirmed receipt of the county’s application, which remains under review.

If and when awarded, the grant should put the county in a position of helping entities that have been hurt financially by the coronavirus pandemic.

County Administrator Nicole Hemminger said this week that letters expressing interest in the grants have already started coming into the commissioners’ office.

“There will be a specific application process,” Hemminger said.

Commissioners Chairman Bruce Erb said the county is in the process of becoming familiar with requirements for administering the grant program.

“It’s going to be very important that we stay within the guidelines of the CARES Act,” Erb said in reference to the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

The state, with money from CARES, is allocating $625 million to be divided among 60 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, with a minimum $1 million grant for counties with smaller populations.

Centre County, which anticipates the receipt of

$14.7 million from the COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant, convened public meetings on June 11, 15 and 16 to prepare an application outlining several goals. Its application, posted on its governmental website, offers no specific expenses associated with the goals, but indicates that spending reports will be filed regularly.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.


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