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Recovery Resources: Tracking numbers to opening, nonprofits funds in Delco and Montco

Posted by: Main Line Chamber on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 3:00:00 pm


Tracking Chesco, Delco, Montco progress toward elusive next step toward reopening
Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties are nowhere near meeting one of the goals that Gov. Tom Wolf wants a county to hit before it can be reopened, according to COVID-19 tracking data from the counties. The governor wants counties to have reported fewer than 50 new confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people to the state Department of Health in the 14 days prior to reopening. That means Chester County, with a population of 518,934, would have to have fewer than 259 new COVID-19 cases. Instead, over the 14-day period from April 29 through May 12, it had 657 new COVID-19 cases. Delaware County, with a population of 563,847, would have to have fewer than 282 new cases; it had 1,536 from April 29 through May 12. Montgomery County, with a population of 824,562, would have to have fewer than 412 new cases; it had 1,413 from April 29 through May 12.

MontcoPA COVID-19 Response Fund grants top $250K
The Montgomery County Foundation said on its LinkedIn page that its MontcoPA COVID-19 Response Fund has granted $252,500 to 90 nonprofits serving vulnerable populations during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Those figures are up from the $212,000 the foundation said the fund had awarded to 63 nonprofits as of April 16. The fund, which is managed by the foundation, was established March 26 by six philanthropies and Montgomery County. It had raised close to $300,000, including nearly $60,000 from private individuals, as of April 14.

Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund grants top $300K
The Foundation for Delaware County said last week that its Delaware County COVID-19 Response Fund has distributed $304,755 to 44 nonprofits serving vulnerable populations in six rounds of grants. The foundation established the fund March 13.

Ursinus matching students with small business work opportunities
Ursinus College has set up a program to help its students find virtual and/or remote work with local small and medium-sized businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Students could help companies with their social media, online marketing, websites, payment processing, business plans and loan research. Interested businesses should send applications to Ursinus, which says it will review them within two business days and submit them to its students within five or fewer business days. Interested businesses can apply online.

DCED releases list of businesses allowed to remain open, but controversy continues
The Department of Community and Economic Development has released a list of the 6,123 businesses that received exemptions from the closure orders issued by the state in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Of them, 461 were in Montgomery County, 267 were in Chester County, 237 were in Philadelphia and 172 were in Delaware County. The DCED said nearly 43,000 businesses requested exemptions. The exemption process has been controversial, largely because the DCED did not provide the criteria it used to determine which businesses were eligible. The DCED was revoking some exemptions and granting new ones the day before it released the list, according to Spotlight PA. The agency released the list after Republicans in the Pennsylvania Senate subpoenaed thousands of pages of documents related to the exemption process.

Federal Express awarding $5K grants to 200 small businesses
Federal Express will begin accepting applications for $1 million in small businesses grants on May 25. To be eligible, businesses must have fewer than 50 employees and have used FedEx in the past 12 months or plan to use it in the next 12 months. FedEx will award 200 grants of $5,000. Each grant recipient also will receive a $500 credit toward FedEx printing services.

Best regards-Be safe,




Bernard Dagenais 
President & CEO 
The Main Line Chamber of Commerce 



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