Lehigh Valley hospitality industry eligible for $7.5 million in COVID relief grants

Written by on March 18, 2021

Lehigh Valley hospitality industry eligible for $7.5 million in COVID relief grants

By Ben Stemrich

March 18, 2021

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Not all restaurants have survived the pandemic, and those still in business are looking for help. Pennsylvania just received $145 million for CHIRP, the COVID Hospitality Industry Recovery Program and $7.5 million of that is for Lehigh Valley.

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Local businesses in the hospitality industry are each eligible for up to $10,000 in grant money through CHIRP. 

Officials say they hope to help more than 700 local businesses.

“We’re going to be able to help the servers and the bartenders, and the clerks. The folks that work in the hospitality business, they’re the people who suffered most. They are the people who can’t pay their rent,” says Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure. 

Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong is convinced CHIRP grants will be a way to turn the tide.

“If we can get these places back up and running they then bring back the bartenders, the servers, the cooks and everything is back to being normal. Period. They took a large hit and this is to get them back on their feet again,” Armstrong says. 

The counties have partnered with “The Rising Tide” organization to help distribute the money.

“The Rising Tide, it would be a nightmare for them to try to have a program that would help all these businesses. By going together, it makes their job easier which means we can get it out to the public better,” Armstrong says.

To apply, visit TheRisingTide.org. Applications will be accepted until June 15.

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