Berks County CARES Funding Dashboard

The County of Berks has launched a dashboard designed to provide a summary of how the County has allocated the more than $38 million received from the U.S. Government in CARES Act funding. CARES stands for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. The Act was signed into law to protect and provide support to the American people during the public health and economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The dashboard organizes the funding by seven primary focus areas: CARES Grant Program, Small Business New Start Grant Program, Food Insecurity, Contact Tracing, Public Outreach, Business Support and County COVID Expenses. The dashboard shows how the $38 million is allocated to those seven categories and tracks the funds as they are awarded.

Helping Our Small, Local Businesses Survive the Pandemic

Small, local businesses in need of financial support can apply for forgivable loans through the PA 30-Day Fund.

The fund will be awarding $3,000 forgivable loans to small businesses that meet the criteria below:

  • Employ three to thirty people.
  • Be based in Reading or Berks County, PA and operating for at least one year.
  • Be owned and operated by a Reading or Berks County resident.
  • Be a for-profit business.
  • Only one grant per business.

Applications can be submitted to