Derry Township has compiled a list of resources that may be useful for local businesses as they navigate recovery efforts in response to COVID-19. Click on the highlighted links below for more information. If you have questions, contact Lauren Zumbrun, Derry Township Economic Development Manager.

Government Programs and Agencies

Dauphin County COVID-19 Small Business Assistance – Dauphin County is providing working capital and payroll grants to small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Dauphin County Coronavirus Resource page – Dauphin County has developed a list of resources that may be useful for businesses and individuals responding to COVID-19.

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development – PA DCED has developed a Coronavirus Resources page for businesses.  

U.S. Small Business Administration Corona Virus Relief Options – In addition to traditional SBA funding programs for businesses, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address COVID-19.

Local Resources

The Downtown Hershey Association is maintaining list of Hershey area restaurants offering curbside delivery and takeout, as well as other local businesses that are offering online options or contactless pickup. The DHA has also set up a Facebook group for brick-and-mortar downtown businesses to share information, network, and collaborate. 

The Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC are maintaining a website that contains a wealth of information and resources for businesses that are being impacted by COVID-19. 

Visit Hershey & Harrisburg is also maintaining a resource page that contains information that is more tailored to consumers, including a list of restaurants and bars open for take-out. 

The Hershey Partnership serves as the official Chamber of Commerce for Hershey PA and offers various resources to their member businesses.

Additional COVID-19 Funding Programs

Facebook Small Business Grants Program – Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits through their Small Business Grants Program. Applications are available now.

LISC Small Business Relief Grants – LISC, with partner assistance, has launched a Small Business Grants program. Grants are made in the amounts of $5,000, $7,500, and $10,000. The next application round opens May 14.

Salesforce Small Business Grant – Salesforce is partnering with Ureeka to offer eligible small businesses the opportunity to receive a $10,000 grant to help them through the COVID-19 outbreak. The program is not currently accepting applications, but interested parties can sign up to be notified if another round of funding is made available. 

Red Backback Fund – Grants of $5,000 each will be given to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by this crisis. 

Business for All Grants -Grants awarded to entrepreneurs to provide access to capital.

Honeycomb Credit Loyalty Bonds – Almost a form of crowdfunding, this newly released program offers businesses a platform to offer discounted gift cards now to customers who will receive matured gift cards at four equal increments over a 24-month period.

Southern Smoke Emergency Relief Fund for Restaurant Workers – The Emergency Relief Program provides emergency funding to those employed by or own restaurants or bars or are employed by a restaurant or bar supplier that are faced unforeseen expenses that cannot or will not be covered by insurance.