Summary of Programs Available to Small Businesses and Communities During the COVID-19 Crisis

Summary of Programs Available to Small Businesses and Communities During the COVID-19 Crisis


Small Business Resources

Lackawanna County Business Improvement Grant (BIG)

The current grant program is available for private sector businesses to pursue exterior façade improvements or purchase/install new equipment. This grant is reimbursable up to $5,000 and awarded on a 50/50 match basis.

This grant program may also be utilized to purchase equipment (i.e. thermal imaging camera, partitions for a barrier shield, sanitizing dispensers, e-commerce, PPE, etc.), or façade/exterior business improvements (i.e. exterior modifications to assist with curb side pick-up, etc.) to position your business to be able to prepare for, prevent, and respond to coronavirus.

This application is currently available here on the Lackawanna County website.


Lackawanna County Business Relief Grant (BRG)

The Business Relief Grant Program has been designed to assist small businesses that have been harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds can be utilized to support ongoing business operations and will provide the emergency assistance that small businesses desperately need to stay afloat.

Under the program, a one-time $2,500 grant payment, subject to application approval, will be awarded. The resources can be utilized for expenses related to mortgage, rent, utilities, product/vendor costs, payroll, and general operating expenses.

The application will be available on the Lackawanna County website on May 18.


U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Funds are still available.

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

SBA will forgive the loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, or Farm Credit System institution that is participating. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in this program.


Community Resources

Lackawanna County Community Re-invest Program (CRP)

The Community Re-invest Program assists local agencies (municipalities, municipal authorities, taxexempt, charitable, and educational organizations) with the revitalization and improvement of neighborhoods and/or the initiation of various community services. The intent of this grant is to provide funding for projects that will have a high impact on the local community, will strengthen community services, and/or improve quality of life. Applicants are eligible for grants for recreation and other community projects up to a maximum cap of $5,000 per applicant per calendar year (January 1 – December 31).

This grant program may also be utilized to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus. (i.e. food pantry/drives, housing stability assistance, PPE, etc.)

This application is currently available here on the Lackawanna County website.





Lackawanna County Department of Planning and Economic Development is Closed to the Public


Due to the existing COVID-19 state of emergency, the Lackawanna County Government Center, including the Department of Planning and Economic Development, is CLOSED to the public.

The Planning Department does NOT have the capability to accept electronic copies of subdivision and land development plans or ordinances and amendments. The department cannot review electronic or paper copies of these documents remotely. At this time, the department will NOT be accepting any subdivision and land development plans for review in any form. The department also does NOT have the capability to remotely review any Commonwealth forms requiring county review i.e. Chapter 102, Act 67/68, etc., or issue any letters of support for any project applications. Upon re-opening of the Government Center, the department will resume normal operations.

Community Re-invest Requests for Reimbursement, Business Improvement Grant applications, and SBA Fee Waiver applications will only be accepted electronically while the Government Center is closed. The department asks that you please be patient; turnaround times may be longer due to the limited in-office time. Please make sure that all required information is submitted; otherwise, payments may be further delayed. Please email all requests and applications to:

[email protected] AND [email protected].

Lackawanna County Commissioners Announce Funding For Three Community Re-Invest Projects

Three projects, focusing on pet care, public safety and veterans were approved for funding by the Lackawanna County Commissioners through their Community Re-Invest Program totaling $7,389.  The public-private partnership investment for 2019 is $2,498,577.

The Community Re-Invest Program was established in July of 2013.  It represents the “last mile” funding to help bring the initiatives to fruition.  The overall public-private investment since its inception is $8,191,927.

The projects that were approved during the final round of funding for 2019 include:


       Project Description: A/C and new heating system at facility.

       Total Project Cost: $2,389                        

       Amount from CRP Program: $2,389



       Project Description: Station renovations that include flooring and windows.

       Total Project Cost: $10,000                     

       Amount from CRP Program: $2,500



       Project Description: Meeting hall floor improvements.

       Total Project Cost: $10,399                     

       Amount from CRP Program: $2,500


Lackawanna County is holding two (2) Local Share Account (LSA) Monroe County
Grant Workshops on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 10:00 AM and Thursday, August 8,
2019 at 1:00 PM at the Electric City Trolley Museum, 500 Cliff Street, Scranton, PA

These workshops will help agencies or municipalities that wish to apply to the LSA
Program for project funding. The workshops are held for approximately an hour
and there will be a question and answer period.
Please contact our office at 570-963-6830 x1375 or email
[email protected] to RSVP.