Lancaster's City Revitalization & Improvement Zone program, in cooperation with Recovery Lancaster, is accepting applications this week for $3 million in Covid-19 assistance grants.
While the CRIZ is mainly intended to assist for-profit businesses and promote development, 501(c)3 nonprofits are eligible to apply.
Organizations must have 30 or fewer employees and be located within the CRIZ — a set of properties designated by Lancaster's CRIZ Authority, which administers the program locally.
Grants may be used for operating expenses including payroll, rent or mortgage payments, and Covid-19 retrofits.
"Funds are limited and high demand is anticipated," the CRIZ Authority says in its program description.
The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. As was the case with the main Recovery Lancaster program, applications will be ranked based on a set of criteria, and funds distributed accordingly. The criteria include year-over-year revenue loss, industry category, headcount, length of time in operation and diversity of ownership.
The CRIZ is a state program implemented in Lancaster city that returns eligible tax revenue collected from businesses in a defined zone to underwrite economic development projects.