Crawford County expects to award more than $100,000 in COVID-19 pandemic assistant grants to additional nonprofit groups.

At their voting meeting next week, county commissioners plan to approve $105,000 in grants to 12 entities to offset their pandemic-related expenses.

To qualify, the organization must be an IRS-certified 501c3 nonprofit or a 501c19 veterans organization with proof of certification. Also, the nonprofit groups had to provide a three-year look back at spending and revenue, and COVID-related expenditures including copies of receipts and/or lost revenue documentation.

Grants of $20,000 each are to be awarded to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2006, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 169 and American Legion Post 111 Home Association; $7,500 each to Crawford Central Community Foundation, Maplewood Tigers Football Boosters, Meadville Area Band Boosters and Cochranton Cardinal Music Boosters; $5,000 to Unsigned Santa; $4,000 to GFWC Meadville Women's Club; $2,500 each to Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1193 and Conneaut Lake High School Alumni Association; and $1,000 to Titusville Council on the Arts.

Funding for the grants to nonprofits is coming from a $7,642,748 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s COVID-19 county relief block grant program. Pennsylvania was awarded $625 million through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to distribute to the state's counties.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at

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