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COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP)

No further applications are being accepted due to deadline date expiration and funding depleted.

Cameron County has received a grant award of $50,368.00 through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under Act 1 of 2021 (SB 109), under an initiative known as the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP).  Cameron County, in conjunction with surrounding counties and North Central Regional Planning and Development Commission (NCPRPDC) has established a grant program for eligible businesses within the hospitality industry adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first round of applications from eligible businesses will be reviewed on a rolling basis from March 15, 2021 - April 15, 2021.  Consecutive rounds will be available until funds are depleted.

Eligible applicants shall be hospitality industry businesses that have a North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) designation with the Accommodation subsector (721) or Food Services and Drinking Places subsector (722) and where accommodations, food or drink is served to or provided for the public, with or without charge.  Eligible business will be required to have fewer than 300 full-time equivalent employees; have a maximum tangible net worth of not more than $15 million; was in operation on February 15, 2020, and remains in operation and does not intend to permanently cease operations within one year of the date of application; and COVID-19 has had an adverse economic impact on the eligible business which makes the grant request necessary to support the ongoing operations.

Grant funds provided to counties will be awarded to eligible businesses as defined in Act 1 of 2021 to alleviate revenue losses and pay eligible operating expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Grant awards in Cameron County are allotted at $5,000.00 per individual business. Businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as funds are limited.


Grant awards MAY NOT be used to pay the same eligible operating expenses for which an eligible business received payment, reimbursement or loan forgiveness from any of the following:

 * The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, commonly known as the CARES Act (Public Law 116-136, 134 Stat. 281)

 * The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Public Law 116-260, 143 Stat. 1182)

 * The COVID-19 Emergency Supplement to the General Appropriations Act of 2019 (Act 2A of 2020) Receipt of a loan or grant issued under the authority of the Federal Government or the Commonwealth shall not disqualify an eligible business from eligibility for the CHIRP grant.

No further applications are being accepted due to deadline date expiration and funding depleted.

Cameron County CHIRP Application

NOTE: This is not a savable online document.  Once the submit button is hit, it is sent for review.  Do not begin to apply until all required documentation is available to upload into the application.

See document below for fillable Profit and Loss Statement spreadsheet for uploading during application process.

Contact Cliff Clark, phone 814-486-3439 or email
Requirements and information is continually updated as guidance continues to be issued from the Commonwealth. Please check back regularly for any relevant changes as they will be updated here when deemed relevant to Cameron County's program. 

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  • Profit and Loss Statement Template-CHIRP
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