Monroe County COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant taking applications through October 9

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STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Money from the “CARES Act” is still up for grabs. Monroe County has millions of dollars to hand out before the end of the year.

Fitzpatrick’s Irish Shop on Main Street in Stroudsburg, is just one of many businesses that had to shut their doors at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We shut down for two and half months and you know, I was one of the lucky ones is what I have here it does not expire, it’s nothing like that. It’s jewelry, it’s pottery, it’s clothes,” says Paula Fitzpatrick, owner of Fitzpatrick’s Irish Shop.

Fitzpatrick explains that it wasn’t a loss of inventory, but a loss of revenue.

Monroe County received $15 million in federal dollars from the CARES act which has been distributed by the state.

Fitzpatrick applied and was awarded a grant.

“Yeah! I was happy to get it because I missed out on all the other stuff, and I think any small business should right now apply for it.”

“We found that we had approximately $4 million dollars left so what we’re going to do is open up for second round of applications,” says John Christy, Monroe County commissioner.

Christy says small businesses, municipalities, non-profits and tourism businesses can apply if they took a loss during the pandemic since March 17 to now.

Applications are reviewed by a third party and are approved based on the state requirements.

“Then he gets back to us and says these people are all qualified,” says Christy.

Small businesses are encouraged by the county to fill out an application even if they don’t think that they will approved.

“We’ll fill it in the best we can and hopefully we will qualify for something,” says Jill Melia, co-owner at Spark Coffee Company.

Spark Coffee Company is a new business that opened in the middle of the pandemic, just nearly three months ago.

The owners tell Eyewitness News they don’t have any comparison to the amount they may have lost, but still have business loans to pay to keep the coffee brewing.

“I think just that little bit of help will help keep this place open and going strong,” says Melia.

For grant applications, Click Here. You can email the completed form and supporting documentation to MCcares@monroecountypa.gov. You can also mail or drop off the documents at Monroe County Commissioners’ Office, 1 Quaker Plaza, Room 201, Stroudsburg, PA 18360.

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