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The Pennsylvania COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP) is the $145 million Statewide fund created by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to alleviate revenue losses and pay eligible operating expenses for certain businesses in the hospitality industry severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Philadelphia County is receiving approximately $17 million in funding to provide grants to eligible businesses through this program. Grants are available to eligible businesses in the range from $5,000 - $50,000. 

PIDC is administering this program for businesses located in Philadelphia in partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Commerce. Proudly partnering with members of the PA CDFI Network and other community partners to deliver this program. 

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Application is now closed. 

*See additional resources and documents at the bottom of the page


Eligibility

Businesses must: 

  • Be physically located in Philadelphia County, in operation as of February 15, 2020, and intend to continue operating within one year of the date of application 
  • Have a NAICS designation within the Accommodation subsector (721) or Food Services and Drinking Places subsector (722) as its primary activity. 
  • Have a documented 25% reduction in gross receipts between 2019 and 2020 (calculated annually or quarterly) due to financial impact from COVID-19. 
  • Be a for-profit business and not a publicly traded entity
  • Have fewer than 300 full-time equivalent employees entity wide as of February 15, 2020
  • Have a maximum tangible net worth not more than $15 million  as of February 15, 2020 
  • Be in compliance with all local, state, and federal taxes, or be on an approved payment plan or can prove they are in the process of getting on a payment plan
  • Have the required federal, state, and local licenses and permits to legally operate and be in good standing with the City of Philadelphia 
  • Apply for only one CHIRP grant per Philadelphia County business location (per unique EINs)  

Program Priorities

The following parameters are not required to apply for the program but businesses that meet any of these criteria will be prioritized when evaluated. Due to limited funding, this program will prioritize businesses that: 

  • Demonstrate 50% or greater reduction of revenue, as measured by gross receipts between Q2 through Q4 2019 and 2020 (calculated annually or quarterly) due to financial impact from COVID-19 
  • Prior to this grant program, have not received a COVID-19 relief loan or grant from the City of Philadelphia, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or Federal Government
  • Was subject to mandated closure by the Commonwealth’s proclamation of disaster emergency in March 2020 and any renewal of state of disaster emergency proclamations
  • Are owned by Historically Disadvantaged People 
  • Are located in an area with high poverty

In addition, the program will give consideration to businesses that:

  • Are owned by women, immigrants, disabled-persons, or veterans
  • Earn less than $3 million in annual revenue pre-COVID-19
  • Provide jobs in Philadelphia

What You’ll Need to Apply

Basic information about your business, such as:

  • Type and structure of business
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN) or social security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) of business owner
  • NAICS Code (6-digit number used to identify the type of business you are operating can be found on the first page of most business tax returns) 
  • Annual and quarterly gross receipts from 2019 and 2020
  • Annual revenue currently and pre-COVID
  • Number of full-time and part-time employees pre-COVID and currently

Documents you will need to provide: 

Application Deadlines

  • Eligible business owners can apply online at PIDCphila.com/CHIRP, beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 15th.
  • The deadline to submit applications is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 12th.
  • The online application is simple and is estimated to take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. It can be completed on your mobile device or computer.

All applications will be reviewed after April 5th. The program is not first-come, first-served; applications will be awarded based on eligibility and alignment with program priorities.

Application Assistance

We are proudly partnering with members of the PA CDFI Network and other community partners to deliver this program. These community partners can provide free assistance to businesses who may need help completing the application. This includes language translation services, technological support, and help with documents. These organizations can apply on your behalf, with your documented consent.

Application Form

Application is now closed. 


CHIRP WEBINARS

Register now for an upcoming PIDC webinar to learn more about this program. 

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