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 Chuck Emerick, Director of Community Development, chuckemerick@derrytownship.org. 

Derry Township COVID-19 Flexible Business Support Program

On June 9, 2020, the Derry Township Board of Supervisors approved a resolution and associated guidelines that are intended to be flexible and provide some relief to businesses as they work to safely reopen. In general, they include provisions for curbside pickup, expanded outdoor dining and display areas, and relaxed sign enforcement during the program, the initial term of which is slated to be sixty days.

Resolution 2020-28

Derry Township COVID-19 Flexible Business Support Program Guidelines

Government Programs and Agencies

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development – COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance Program – This program will provide $225M in grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to eligible businesses through CARES Act funding. The first round of the program opens June 30 and will remain open for ten days. Interested businesses can apply here.

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

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.

U.S. Small Business Administration Coronavirus Relief Options – In addition to traditional SBA funding programs for businesses, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address COVID-19. SBA will begin accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications from qualified small businesses on June 15.

Local Resources

Downtown Hershey COVID-19 Business Relief Program – The Downtown Hershey Association will award grants of $500 to $2,000 to downtown businesses that were impacted by COVID-19. Apply here.

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.

Business for All Grants – $250,000 in grants will be awarded to provide entrepreneurs with access to capital. Applications will be accepted through July 16.

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 July 27.

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. The application portal will open July 6-13.

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.

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.