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Cranberry Township Contact

Email Kyle Beidler
Manager, Strategic Planning & Economic Development
Phone: 724-776-4806 x 1020

The Cranberry Township Business Portal is a one-stop location for programs and information that can help navigate uncharted territory. Cranberry Township is in the Green  Phase  of the state’s reopening plan.

CARES Grant Application available for 
Small Business and Non-Profits

Butler, PA, September 4, 2020 - Butler County is accepting U.S. CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) grant applications from nonprofit organizations and small businesses to alleviate the financial impacts from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

 Among the eligible use of funds are payroll costs, continuation of group healthcare benefits, rent, utility payments, working capital covering reopening costs and expenses related to implementing measures in response to COVID-19.

Butler County has allocated $1 million to assist small businesses. The application period for the Butler County Small Business Grant Program opens 8 a.m. Monday, September 14, and ends 5 p.m. Friday, September 25. The maximum amount of grant funding is $25,000.

Eligible small businesses are physically located, certified to do business and generate at least 51 percent of its revenue in Butler County. They also must be founded no later than February 15, 2020 and have no more than 100 full-time equivalent employees prior to February 15.

Eligible nonprofit applicants must be operating in Butler County as shown in their legal addresses listed in the Internal Revenue Service Form 990, must deliver services in Butler County, must be a 501©3 or 501©19 operating in Butler County and must have been in operation no later than February 15, 2020.

The applications and guidelines, which include further information, are available at the Butler County website:

Completed small business applications must be emailed to

Completed nonprofit applications and attachments must be emailed to:

Please note that businesses and nonprofit organizations that already received monies from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Small Business Administration (SBA) loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) are not eligible for this funding.

Business plays a vital role in making Cranberry Township a thriving place to live, work and play. As businesses of all sizes face unprecedented challenges, the Township is doing everything it can to help ease that burden and ensure the business community remains strong. View the Cranberry Business Directory

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Responding to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania Information from Pennsylvania about COVID-19
(Scroll down for explanation of Pennsylvania’s Phased Reopening Guidelines.)

Guidance For Businesses In The Construction Industry Permitted To Operate During The Covid-19 Disaster Emergency

Beginning May 1, 2020, all businesses in the construction industry, including those in new construction, renovation, and repair, as well as land subdivision and design-related field activities, are permitted to maintain in-person operations pursuant to the State guidelines

Cranberry Township Information

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COVID-19 Resources  Information compiled by the Butler County Growth Collaborative

Other Business Resources


Business Tax Changes

The CARES Act makes select changes to taxes and tax policies in order to ease the burden on businesses impacted by COVID-19. These changes include:

  • Employee Retention Tax Credit:  A business may be eligible for a tax credit if they have been forced to fully or partially suspend operations or has seen a significant drop in revenues.  Businesses are eligible for an employee retention tax credit if 1.) your business operations were fully or partially suspended due to a COVID-19 shut-down order; or 2.) gross receipts declined by more than 50% compared to the same quarter in the prior year. Eligible businesses can get a refundable 50% tax credit on wages up to $10,000 per employee.  Small business owners should look out for information at and talk to their payroll service provider, as applicable.  
  • Deferral on Payroll Tax Liability: This measure may allow businesses to defer paying payroll tax.  The effective date is following enactment, meaning quarterly payroll due on April 15 can be deferred to 2021.  Deferred taxes will not become due until end of 2021 and end of 2022, with 50% of the liability being paid at each date.  (Note: The ability to defer these taxes does not apply to a business that has a Paycheck Protection loan forgiven.).  Additional tax implications have been highlighted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Cautiously Optimistic! 

Allegheny & Butler County store owners celebrate
the grand re-opening.

Virtual Grand Re-opening Ceremony

Cautiously Optimistic!  Allegheny & Butler County Store Owners Celebrate Grand Re-Opening