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Blair doles out $3.3 million in CARES Act grants

Small businesses, nonprofits to share COVID-19 relief funds

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County is preparing to distribute up to $2.8 million to 89 small businesses and up to $526,402 to 34 nonprofit entities whose operations have been affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Commissioners Bruce Erb, Laura Burke and Amy Webster on Wednesday named the successful grant applicants and amounts to be awarded a portion of the county’s $11 million allocation from the federal Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

Recipients of largest amounts are Altoona Curve Baseball, $225,716; Wingate by Wyndham Altoona at $194,292; Summit Tennis and Athletic Club, $151,336; Altoona Grand Hotel, $140,000; J&W Interests Inc., $137,982; Freedom Excursions by Sully LLC, $111,663; DelGrosso Entertainment Holding Co., $108,442; Prime Sirloin, $100,636, Courtyard by Marriott, $97,802; and MicroTel Inn and Suites, $96,266.

The smallest grant of $1,275 was awarded to B&S Industries Inc.

The grant amounts were based on operating expenses from March 1 through July 31 for rent, mortgage interest, utility bills, cable, internet, phone, spoilage, personal protective equipment purchases, cleaning supplies, unemployment compensation and costs associated with preparing their business to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The amounts, reported by the applicants on their applications, were totaled to determine the grant amounts, County Administrator Nicole Hemminger said.

Under the CARES Act and as administered by the state Department of Community and Economic Development, the county had the option of awarding small business grants to refund lost profits during the same time period.

Hemminger said that option was set aside in favor of covering “hard number expenses” that could be verified.

“It was a cut-and-dried way to do it,” Hemminger said.

Burke said the county’s use of a consultant, Susquehanna Accounting Services of Harrisburg, and reliance on the applicants’ reported expenses, made the process objective rather than subjective.

The list includes “people we know” and “businesses we frequent,” Burke acknowledged.

The small business grant recipients list also included two applicants with more than a maximum 100 employees, as specified when the county initially outlined the grant categories.

Because Altoona Curve Baseball and DelGrosso Entertainment Holding Co. are classified as tourism businesses, the CARES Act allows them to have as many as 500 employees to retain their eligibility for small business grants, Hemminger said.

In addressing grant applications filed by nonprofit organizations, county leaders said the same process — adding their reported expenses from March 1 through July 31 — was used to calculate how much to distribute.

The county also asked nonprofits to provide 501(c)(3) documentation.

The largest grants to nonprofit organizations went to Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School at $100,683 and to Holy Trinity Catholic School at $70,541. Other grants were between $24,356 to Evolution Expressions and $620 to the Tyrone Area Food Bank.

Before checks can be issued, Hemminger said those awarded grants should look for an email with instructions on how to complete and submit a grant award agreement. It should arrive by Wednesday, she said.

Email notices will also be distributed, she said, to applicants who didn’t qualify for grants and reasons why.

Erb said commissioners also intend, in about two weeks, to take action on the CARES grant application requests submitted by municipalities. They were eligible to ask for financial help with COVID-19 response and planning efforts, including the purchase of personal protective equipment.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.

Blair County commissioners awarded CARES grants on Wednesday to the following:

Small business grants (applications deemed completed)

Altoona Curve Baseball $225,716, Altoona Family Pizza Inc. $57,467, Altoona Grand Hotel $140,000, Altoona Lung Specialists $86,259, American Family Chiropractic $33,878, Aqua Salon and Spa $7,800, Argonne Cafe $13,500, Ashley Langston $5,155. B & S Industries Inc. $1,275, B-4 Club Therapy $7,034, Bavarian Cafe $3,810, Blair Constable Services Inc. $5,891, Blair Street Subs $7,360, Blood Sweat and Shears Salon and Spa $2,843, Bradley Peters LPC, $3,400, Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc. $6,895. Captain’s Quarters Hair Salon $2,182, Chris’ Beauty Shop $5,831, Clear Creek Co. $9,063, Col. K.R. Miller Jr. Inc. $7,360, Comfort Inn Duncansville $46,146, Comfort Suites Altoona $41,115, Cornerstone Builders & Supplies Inc. $13,830, Courtyard by Marriott $97,802.00. David C. Leberfinger $3,775, Deadsolid Golf Marketing $13,754, DelGrosso Entertainment Holding Co. $108,442, Diandrea Media Inc. $17,452, DVJ Enterprises Inc. (Slinky Action Zone) $36,316. Econo Lodge $36,206, Escapade Inc. $3,173. Fat Caps Fungi $30,962, Fender Mender Sales Inc. $4,475, Finelli’s Italian Villa $25,830, Fired Up Ceramics Co. $2,608, First Impressions ECDC Inc. $17,610, Fit N Fun House $2,500, Freedom Excursions by Sully LLC $111,663.HalenHardy LLC $39,535, Holiday Inn & Suites Altoona $55,249, Hydraulic Solutions $21,525. I-99 Antiques $7,847, Irwin Automotive T/A Tyrone Ford $77,136. Jackson Hewitt Tax Service $17,503, J & W Interests, Inc. $137,982. K. L. Clark Xpress LLC $11,968, Ketrow Kurtz Travel LLC $11,665. Laret Sign Works LLC $7,836, Lloyd Street Subs and Six Packs Inc. $14,772, Looks By Lisa $2,360, Luxury Spa and Nails $9,200. Mark J Beigle Builder Inc. $2,580, Microtel Inn and Suites $96,266, Mike’s Court LLC $20,500, Moore Power Sales $7,273. New Look Uniform & Embroidery $17,728, NJB & AJR Associates Inc. (Spring House Grill) $58,700. Oak Spring Winery $35,070, Oneill Hotel $8,760. Pleasant Valley Recreation Center Inc. $15,910, Premier Pest Control & Lawn Care LLC $8,097, Prime Sirloin $100,636. R Style LLC $2,210, Richard C. Sutter & Assoc. Inc. $5,515, Road To Glory Enterprises $2,729, Ron Beatty Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Inc. $20,607. Sam Hospitality Management $19,319, Shan Nicole’s Irish Pub $23,634, Spangler Scale Sales & Service $9,764, Spahn Accounting Inc. $10,491. Tammy Kehr State Farm Agent $21,151, The Best For Less Resale $7,295, The Casino at Lakemont Park $20,812, The Dance Shop $5,712, The Summit Tennis and Athletic Club $151,336, Those Guys Pizza LLC $29,081, Tim’s American Cafe $13,000, Tyrone Fitness Club $4,800. US Hotel Tavern $44,497. Vehicle Calibration Services LLC $12,652, Vince’s Auto Body LLC $3,541 Wilsons Fish Bowl Inn $14,590, Wingate By Wyndham Altoona $194,292.

To be awarded (when grant applications are deemed complete)

Angie’s Angels $9,593, Cove Country Primitives $8,120, D’Ottavios (Hollidaysburg) $21,648, D’Ottavios (Tyrone) $17,316, Health First Chiropractic $51,787 and Jack’s Grubb Shack $10,915.

Blair County CARES grants

Nonprofit grant recipients (applications deemed completed)

Allegheny Club $6,168, Allegheny Ridge Corp. $6,875, Altoona Area Public Library $14,271, Altoona Symphony Orchestra $2,489, Altoona Community Theatre $4,852, Altoona Food Bank $2,640, ARC of Blair County $5,665, ArtsAltoona $12,805. Bellwood-Antis Public Library $3,817, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School $100,683, Blair County Arts Foundation $14,162, Blair County Historical Society $4,865, Blair County Library System $2,563, Blair/Clearfield Association for the Blind $15,641. Claysburg Area Public Library $3,383, Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company $1,878. Dr. & Mrs Ail Garver Memorial YMCA-YWCA $11,308, Dreams Go On Inc. $7,104. Evolution Expressions $24,356, Greenwood United Methodist Church $7,580, Habitat for Humanity Blair County $1,834, Health Opportunity, Purpose and Empowerment $2,472, Hollidaysburg Area Public Library $16,131, Holy Trinity Catholic School $70,541. Juniata Civic Association of the 13th Ward $1,005. Lakemont Volunteer Fire Company $5,681. Martinsburg Community Library $9,181, Mending Hearts Animal Rescue Inc. $4,750. Northern Blair Recreation Commission $20,065. Railroaders Memorial Museum $19,771, Roaring Spring Community Library $3,287. Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, $6,768. The Campbell Foundation Inc. $1,498, Tyrone Area Food Bank $620, Tyrone Community Players $5,228, Tyrone-Snyder Public Library $6,871. United Way Of Blair County $7,089, UPMC Altoona Partnership for a Healthy Community $24,299. We CARE Foundation $6,516, Williamsburg Community Farm Show $2,825, Williamsburg Public Library $5,245.

To be awarded (when grant applications are complete)

Morrisons Cove Memorial Park Association, $17,004, Society of St. Vincent de Paul/Altoona Thrift $21,960.

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