Northampton County awards $1.15M in business grants | Lehigh Valley Regional News

EASTON, Pa. – Northampton County Council approved grants totaling $1.15 million Thursday to 85 small businesses to help them make it through the waning stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The county has given away $3 million of its federal American Rescue Plan money so far, with another $12 million left.  

County Executive Lamont McClure has said these grants will “finish the job” that started last year, when 776 small businesses received $10.7 million total to survive during state-imposed shutdowns. The total, including last year’s CARES Act grants, will be close to $26 million. 

A committee of council and the administration chose the businesses to receive grants of as much as $15,000 each. The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce assisted in promoting the grants and reviewing eligibility. 

“They are all first-time applicants,” Council President Lori Vargo Heffner said of the businesses approved Thursday. 


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