More small businesses in Butler County have received state grants to help with the impact of COVID-19.
Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that an additional $96 million in grants have been approved for 5,373 small businesses across the state that felt the pinch during the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a list that accompanied a news release from Wolf, 47 Butler County small businesses will receive a grant.
The release did not list which businesses would get funds.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of hardship for our business community, and it has been particularly difficult for Pennsylvania's small businesses to weather the economic effects of this crises,” Wolf said. “Pennsylvania's small business owners are community-focused employers and they drive our economy, so they deserve our support as we continue to navigate this public health crisis.”
The COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance funding was developed in partnership with state lawmakers and allocated through the state budget, which included $2.6 billion in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act stimulus funds. Of those CARES funds, $225 million was earmarked for relief for small businesses.
Philadelphia County had the highest number of businesses approved for grants, at 1,239. Allegheny County saw 501 businesses approved.
Regarding counties surrounding Butler, 13 businesses were approved for grants in Armstrong, 43 in Beaver, 21 in Lawrence, 30 in Mercer, 11 in Venango, 8 in Clarion and 87 in Westmoreland.
The original round of funding in the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance was announced by Wolf in August.
In that round, 45 businesses in the county were earmarked for grants of $5,000 to $50,000.