New Grant Available for Independently Owned Philly Businesses

The City of Philadelphia’s COVID-19 press briefing touches on the Green Phase, the Restore and Reopen Program and an updated case count.

Last week, the City announced two new funding options for businesses impacted by the pandemic and recent civil unrest.

The Restore and Reopen Program will provide $1.4 million in grant funding to help small, independently-owned businesses that have experienced damage or inventory loss from the civil unrest, focusing on businesses in historically disadvantaged communities. The application is now available on The Merchant Fund’s website. Those who apply will need to create a new account on their website if they do not have an account already. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 28 and will then be evaluated beginning Monday, June 29.

The second funding option is the Restart PHL Loan Fund from PIDC. This $3 million fund is expected to open applications in the coming weeks.

Philadelphia is set to enter the Green Phase on Friday, July 3, allowing the following to re-open:

  • Outdoor group recreational and sports activities
  • Gyms
  • Schools and colleges
  • Libraries and museums
  • Indoor shopping malls
  • Outdoor performances and small outdoor events (up to 50 people)
  • Restaurants with indoor seating (with occupancy restrictions)

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has announced 107 additional cases of COVID-19 in Philadelphia, bringing the total to 25,550. There are nine additional fatalities in Philadelphia, bringing the number of deaths to 1,579. 808 of those deaths, or 51%, were long-term care facility residents.

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