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Luzerne County COVID-19 Grant Program

The Luzerne County COVID-19 Grant Program application portal is now open and will close at 11:59pm on October 14th, 2020. There will be a 2-week window to apply.


Grants are NOT first-come-first-served. Please take your time to review ALL of the information below.


The Process:


Step 1 Click the link below to review and print out the application guide, as well as the program eligibility and criteria fact sheet.


Step 2 Once you have reviewed the guide and eligibility and criteria fact sheet, click the application button on the Community First Fund page to begin the process, per the link above.  Information is in both English and Spanish. In addition, there is a call center available for additional assistance at: 1-888-604-4782.


The application process will take 2 weeks to verify the information submitted starting on October 15th, 2020.


Step 3 Once verified, applications that are approved will be notified within 3-4 weeks.


Additional Information

Luzerne County has allocated 11 million dollars in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to support small businesses and nonprofit organizations with grants to aid those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is being administered by a partnership of Luzerne County Government, Penn’s Northeast—an organization dedicated to regional job creation and business growth, and Community First Fund--providing administrative support.


Eligibility for small businesses require revenue less than $500,000 and less than 15 Full Time Employees.


All nonprofits are eligible.


In order to provide all eligible applicants an opportunity to participate and benefit from this program, it is not first come, first served.


All qualified businesses and nonprofits will be considered for funding once applications have been reviewed and documentation has been verified. Grant amounts will be determined based on the total number of qualified applicants.


** US CARES Act funding requires that no “person, business concern or other entity” will receive duplicative assistance. Therefore, any COVID-19 related expenses must not have been already paid with other relief measures and will not be paid with other CARES Act relief measures such as state grants or loans, US SBA Paycheck Protection Loans, or other local or regional CARES Act grant and/or loan programs. Applicants will certify that grant funds from Luzerne County will not be used for the same purpose as funds received in prior CARES Act relief programs.



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