HARRISBURG – PA’s hospitality industry will soon be able to apply for relief through the COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP), a new grant program to help local businesses in the hospitality industry affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In December, Gov. Wolf initiated a transfer of $145 million to be appropriated by the state legislature into grants for businesses. The legislature approved the measure unanimously and it was enacted in February. The Department of Community and Economic Development acted swiftly to open the application to all 67 counties, all of which immediately applied. Funding was provided in the form of block grants to each county based on population. Grants will be awarded in $5,000 increments with a $50,000 maximum. Program guidelines are available on DCED’s website. Applications will be accepted from businesses starting March 15.