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Pennsylvania CARES Fisheries Relief Grant Program

Grants to Pennsylvania Residents and Businesses in the
Fishing Sector for Support During the Coronavirus Crisis

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Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC)

Deadline Date:

02/26/21 4:00 PM


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Grants to Pennsylvania individuals and businesses within the fishing sector for support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to assist commercial and charter fishery-related businesses that have been financially impacted by the pandemic. Grants are available to seafood processors, wholesaler dealers/distributors, and aquaculture operations; commercial fishing enterprises; recreational for-hire fishing businesses; and bait and tackle operations.

Applicants will be required to provide documentation of a sustained greater than 35% loss in revenue due to COVID-19 for any consecutive four-week period of time between March 19 and June 30, 2020, compared to an average of the same time period from 2015 to 2019.

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GrantWatch ID#: 194185

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For funding allocations according to sector, see Page 4 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

CARES Act relief funds will be available to Pennsylvania resident commercial fishermen, seafood processors, wholesale dealers/distributors, recreational for-hire fishing businesses, privately owned marine aquaculture businesses growing products in state or federal marine waters of the United States (i.e., shellfish leases, hatcheries, nurseries), and other fishery-related businesses such as bait and tackle operations which meet saltwater tackle sales criteria.

Pennsylvania residents who are 18 years or older will be eligible for relief funding through this program.

Under the CARES Act, only fishery participants who have incurred a greater than 35% economic revenue loss caused by COVID-19 relative to the average revenue from the preceding five-year period (2015-2019), or experienced any negative impacts to subsistence, cultural, or ceremonial fisheries, will qualify for these funds. Recipients may not be made more than whole through this funding and other forms of pandemic-related aid and/or any traditional revenue compared to average annual revenue earned across the previous five years.

Applicants who have received funding through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) from the CARES Act (i.e., Paycheck Protection Program) or another program are eligible to receive Fisheries Assistance Program relief funding

Pennsylvania has no federally recognized tribes, therefore, no funding has been allocated to tribal commercial fishing, aquaculture, and for-hire sectors. Sec. 12005 of the CARES Act does not include coverage for seafood retail markets, restaurants, boat yards or vessel repair businesses, and freshwater industries.

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Pre-Application Information:

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission will only accept completed applications between 8:00 a.m., January 28, 2021, and 4:00 p.m., February 26, 2021. Applications received before the opening or after the deadline will not be reviewed or considered for funding.

The PFBC intends to close out the relief program by September 30, 2021.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Completed applications must be returned to PFBC headquarters at the following address:
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
CARES Act Aid to Fisheries Participants
P.O. Box 67000
Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000

Or via email at

Questions regarding the program can be directed to Sean Gimbel at (717) 705-7842 or

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