Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Relief Program (CHIRP) provided funding for 5,860 restaurants and hospitality businesses in 2021.
Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Monday that $145 million in state funding has been distributed to businesses across the state through CHIRP.
The $145 million grant program aimed at helping an industry hard hit by closures and reduced capacity over the course of the pandemic. The state secured the funds in March and has since delivered funds to businesses in $5,000 increments with a maximum of $50,000.
Funding was made available in all 67 Pennsylvania counties through designated community economic development organizations starting March 15.
“We developed the CHIRP program to provide immediate relief to the commonwealth’s restaurants and hospitality businesses recovering from the pandemic,” said Wolf. “These businesses and their employees made sacrifices for their communities during one of the most unprecedented times we have ever lived through. It was a major priority for my administration to offer quick assistance through trusted, local partners that truly understood the needs of their area’s businesses.”