This page is a resource for Monroe Country, PA residents, businesses, travel and tourism partners, and visitors on factual information who have been impacted by COVID-19. The Pocono Chamber will continue to make regular updates to this page as necessary. Please share this resource with anyone whom you know that may benefit from these resources.
Safety and Patience are key to business success. Please help us keep our community members, including yourself, safe by following all CDC guidelines.
COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant - Applications Due Monday, August 3, 2020
Monroe County has received funding through the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Grant. This aid is designed to offset some of the financial impact incurred by the local community in dealing with the effects of COVID-19. While some of the money will be used to maintain vital county and municipal services including transportation, funds will also be available to support local emergency service providers, long-term care organizations, small and tourist- related businesses, and non-profit organizations (e.g. 501©(3) and veterans’ organizations).
Grants can be used by eligible organizations to help offset expenses they incurred in dealing with COVID-19 and/or to reduce the impact that lost revenue had on their organizations. Thus, businesses that had significant expense in purchasing personal protective equipment or making modifications to their physical plants or whose revenues suffered because of reduced demand would qualify as would non-profit organizations that had to cancel or curtail their fund raising activities.
Organizations that already received financial assistance through other state or Federal programs (e.g. the Federal Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program established under the CARES Act), can qualify for this program. However, first priority will be given to applicants that did not receive such funds. The goal of the program is to offer meaningful assistance to as many organizations as possible.
The County has retained the services of Zelenkofske Axelrod LLC to assist in administering this grant program. The amount of money available to each organization will be limited to $50,000 at this time with the actual amount to be determined based on the number and magnitude of requests submitted by various organizations.
Applications for assistance will fall into four categories:
- Nonprofit grants COVID-19 Grant Program Instructions
- Municipal grants COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant Press Release
- Small business grants
- Tourism business grants
Organizations wishing to apply for one of the grants should request a copy of the appropriate grant application by submitting an intent to apply email to MC-Cares@Outlook.com. This email should include your name, business name, phone number, and name of grant for which you wish to apply. The grant application and instructions for applying will be emailed to you at the address you provide. Once the grant is completed and all supporting paperwork is assembled, it should be scanned and uploaded per the instructions provided. Your application and supporting documents will be sent to a secure mailbox to ensure that all information remains confidential. It is the intent of the Monroe County Commissioners to disburse these funds as soon as possible. With this in mind, the deadline for completed applications to be submitted is Monday, August 3, 2020. Email questions should be submitted to MC-Cares@outlook.com.
In Pennsylvania businesses, everyone must wear a mask. That includes workers and customers.
Looking for additional masking signage to display in your business? Here is a “No Mask, No Service” poster that is available for download.
Employers are required to provide masks to workers. To help with the sourcing of face masks and other PPE, we have a list of PPE manufacturers and suppliers in Pennsylvania.
Other Chamber & Business Resources:
To sign up for CodeRED alerts for Monroe, Pike, Wayne and Carbon Counties in the Poconos, click on the CodeRED logo below.
Pocono Mountains United Way
- Grant Money to Help Hundreds During COVID-19 Crisis
- Crisis Response Fund - A coalition of philanthropy, government, and business partners has joined together to create the Monroe County Crisis Response Fund that will rapidly deploy flexible resources to organizations in our region working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic consequences of this health crisis.
Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau
CDC & U.S. Travel:
The U.S. Travel Association and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) held back-to-back calls Wednesday, March 4 to keep everyone aware of what's happening globally and here at home with COVID-19. Here is a link to the summary from those calls.
There will be updated guidance on the U.S. Travel website here: U.S. Travel toolkit
The CDC also provides updated guidance here: CDC Coronavirus response