(Source: Recovery Lancaster)
(Source: Recovery Lancaster)

Phase Two of Lancaster County's business recovery plan opens this coming Monday, July 20.

In this phase, local companies with up to 100 employees can apply for just under $15 million in grants from the Lancaster County Recovery & Sustainability Fund. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, July 24.

Phase One was limited to firms with up to 20 employees. Earlier this month, more than 400 such businesses received grants totaling $10.4 million. (More than 1,100 had applied.)

The grants may be used for working capital and Covid-19 related retrofits. Businesses may request up to 25% of their annual operating expenses subject to the following maximums:

No. of Employees Max. $
1-20 $20,000
21-50 $50,000
51-100 $80,000

To ensure as many businesses as possible can be helped, applicants are asked to request no more than they need.

For more information, visit the website Recovery Lancaster. Applicants should read the latest "What You Need to Know" (PDF) and Frequently Asked Questions (PDF).

The application process is being administered by the Lancaster Chamber and the Lancaster County Economic Development Company. Their recommendations go to the Lancaster County commissioners, who vote to authorize the disbursments.

The county is funding the plan with $25 million from the federal CARES Act.

Another $6 million allocation allows Recovery Lancaster to offer free personal protective equipment to businesses with 100 or fewer employees.

Tim Stuhldreher