Butler County is scheduled to receive funding to help offset the cost of the coronavirus pandemic.
Commissioners approved a resolution to seek nearly $17 million from the state’s county relief program. The funding will go toward COVID-19 related expenses; including small business grants that will support businesses with less than 100 employees.
There were seven categories that the money can be used for:
- Offsetting the cost of direct county response, planning and outreach efforts related to COVID-19
- Assist qualifying municipalities located within the county to offset response and planning efforts related to COVID-19
- Small Business Grant Programs to support businesses with fewer than 100 employees and to support businesses and other entities that are primarily engaged in the tourism industry
- Grant programs to support the following entities for costs related to assisting businesses during the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency: CEDOs, LDDs, IRCs, SBDCs, and EDCs
- Behavioral Health and Substance use disorder treatment services
- Broadband internet deployment with priority given to unserved or underserved areas
- Qualifying non-profits
Overall, Governor Tom Wolf approved the disbursement of $625 million to sixty counties within Pennsylvania.