COVID-19 Berks County Community Needs Assessment

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The Berks County Commissioners are providing this on-line tool to assist in collecting and compiling unmet needs in our community as a result of COVID-19 and the financial devastation created by this pandemic.
The Community Needs Assessment is designed to determine what funding you have applied for, have received or have been denied. The expectation is that many funding streams of CARES Act monies are available, if you know where to find it. Berks County has hired WITT O’BRIEN’S to support this effort and they, along with the county, will identify possible sources of grants made available through the CARES Act.
The assessment is divided into specific categories and is designed to provide as much information as possible to aid the effort to determine what funding is available to your organization.
All fields in the assessment are not mandatory except for institution information and contact information. Responders are encouraged to complete as much of the assessment as possible as it will expedite the collection and analysis of information. The assessment does not support saving a draft copy of the assessment or returning to an assessment in process. It is highly recommended that you use the printable copy of the assessment, found on the first page of each assessment category, and complete a paper copy of the assessment as working document. This will allow you to quickly enter this information into the online assessment once you have gathered all the necessary information. If you experience technical issues with the online assessment, completed copies of the printed worksheet will be accepted in lieu of the electronic assessment. These can be submitted by emailing the document to Any questions regarding this assessment should also be forwarded to
The assessment will remain open until July 31st. The county needs as much information prior to receiving the county allocation of CARES Act funding to ascertain where the most critical needs are in the county. The assessment is limited to Berks County based organizations, inclusive of Reading, and NOT outside of Berks County. Counties will be receiving their own specific allocations.
• Offsetting the cost of direct county response, planning and outreach efforts.
• Purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in response to the pandemic
• Administration of the grant by the county of no more than 2% of the funds or $200,000.00, whichever is less
• Small Business Grant Programs to support businesses with fewer than 100 employees that did not receive funding through Federal PPP or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program established under the CARES Act.
• Grant programs to support entities for costs related to assisting businesses during the COVID-19 disaster
• Assist municipalities for response and planning efforts, including purchase of PPE.
• Behavioral Health and Substance use disorder treatment services.
• Nonprofit assistance programs for 501 (c) (3) and 501 (C) 19 organizations.
• Broadband deployment with priority given to unserved or underserved areas.
As you complete the assessment you will notice acronyms that you might not be familiar with, this is completely understandable. Many of these may not apply to your organization. If you don’t recognize them, they probably don’t relate to your business or organization and those questions can be left blank.

·        SAMS (System for Awards Management): Organizations that conduct business with federal, state and local governments

·        DUNS (Dunn and Bradstreet Number): A unique 9-digit number used to identify and track businesses.

·        CDBG (Community Development Block Grant): Usually federal allocations for Homeless prevention, rental assistance, community-based initiatives managed generally by the city and county redevelopment and community development offices

·        HUD (Housing and Urban Development): Usually federal money allocated to the city and county redevelopment and community development offices for housing related assistance.

·         FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency): Federal money for disaster relief. In this case the disaster is COVID-19 and costs associated with PPE (personal protective equipment) and other mitigation measures might be covered; sanitizers, Plexiglas, etc. 
·        SBA (Small Business Administration):  As the name implies, deals directly with grants/loans and regulations for small businesses

·        CAPER (Consolidated Action Plan Evaluation Report): An update on the plan progress related to CDBG funding

Please note that this assessment is intended to better understand community needs and possible funding sources. IT IS NOT AN APPLICATION FOR FUNDING.
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For detailed instructions on completing the assessment use the Instruction Document Link:     View Instructions

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