Greensburg Community Development Corporation Awards $139,000 in COVID-19 Relief Main Street Jump-Start Program Grants

Greensburg, PA – October 8, 2020 –The Greensburg Community Development Corporation (GCDC) is pleased to announce that it has awarded $139,000 in grant funds to 25 City of Greensburg small businesses as part of the organization’s COVID-19 Relief Main Street Jump-Start Program. Funding was made possible thanks to a generous $150,000 grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation as part of their COVID-19 Economic Impact and Recovery Initiative.

The goal of GCDC’s COVID-19 Relief Main Street Jump-Start Program is to provide funds to struggling small businesses to cover costs associated with essential business services needed to bounce back from the effects of COVID-19 and sustain their business. While assistance from the federal CARES Act may be used to cover costs associated with rent, utilities, and payroll, the GCDC’s COVID-19 Relief Main Street Jump-Start Program will be used to cover other costs vital to sustaining a small business; namely, marketing & advertising, accounting & finance, human resources, legal services, and information technology. The remaining grant funds will be used to create a marketing campaign to promote downtown Greensburg and its small businesses. The GCDC will be organizing this campaign over the next several months.

To be eligible for the program, businesses were required to be located within the City of Greensburg boundaries and demonstrate that they experienced financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grantees include:

  • Allanté Hair Designs & Spa
  • Beck’s Barbershop
  • Caffe Barista
  • Cattfeinated Cat Café
  • Crossroads Boutique
  • Greensburg Business & Professional Association (GBPA)
  • Hair Harbour
  • Herbs to Your Health
  • Invisible Man Brewing
  • La Vita’s Restaurant
  • Lapels A Find Men’s Clothier
  • Lavish Salon & Spa
  • Mancuso’s House of Leather
  • McFeely’s Gourmet Chocolate
  • Onyx Wellness Spa
  • Penelope’s Gifts & More
  • Pottery Playhouse
  • The Rialto
  • Spa 309 Salon & Boutique
  • The Dancer’s Closet
  • The Greensburg Newsstand
  • The Trendy Bunny
  • The Victorian Lady of Academy Hill Tea Parlor & Gifts
  • The White Rabbit Café & Patisserie
  • Virtus Institute

Ashley Kertes, Executive Director of the Greensburg Community Development Corporation “The Greensburg Community Development Corporation is committed to the continued revitalization of Downtown Greensburg through the Main Street Jump-Start Program. Small businesses are vital to sustaining our local economy, especially in the wake of the pandemic.  This program will provide businesses with resources that are critical in their recovery and future success.”

Jon Reese, Board President of the Greensburg Community Development Corporation

Being able to finally award our small business owners with the funding we received from the Richard King Mellon Foundation is very exciting. We are confident that this initiative will not only help small business owners bounce back from COVID-19, but also position them for growth in the years to come by providing these valuable business resources that otherwise may not be utilized.”

Randy Finfrock, City of Greensburg Councilman

“While the City of Greensburg was not directly involved in the Main Street Jump-Start Program, we strongly support the effort made by GCDC. I can personally attest to the hours and to the consideration given to all the requests presented to the committee. Each member gave consideration to every application and did a great job with the final award presentations. Truly a great job by all involved.”