Disclaimer: To be eligible, your small business MUST be located in the city of Chester.




On behalf of the City of Chester, the Chester Economic Development Authority is administering a Microenterprise Grant Program for grants up to $5,000.00 to businesses directly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.  Microenterprise businesses are defined as a commercial enterprise that has five or fewer employees, one or more of whom own the enterprise.  If the business is owned by an individual, that person must have low to moderate income.  For a business of more than one individual, 51% of the employees must have low to moderate income.  Income limits are attached.

Attached is a Microenterprise Grant Program Application.  Please complete the Application and submit your documents in one of the following ways:

Mail to:  Chester Economic Development Authority, P.O. Box 407, Chester, PA  19016

Email to:  jar@ceda.cc

Hand Deliver to:  CEDA, Chester City Hall, 1 Fourth Street, Chester, PA  19013

The deadline for application submission has been extended.  NEW DATE: August, 14, 2020

Questions may be directed to Jo Ann Ruark at (610) 447-7854 or via email to jar@ceda.cc.

Only full and complete applications will be reviewed for this Grant Program.  Full and complete applications include:

  1. Application Questionnaire completed with acknowledgements initialed and signed by applicant.
  2. Income Certification and Declaration of Retained Jobs form completed, signed and dated.
  3. A copy of the most recent tax return submitted (2018 or 2019) for the business, signed.
  4. Copies of invoices for expenses to be considered for this grant award should be included with the completed Application.

Once your completed Application has been received, it will be forwarded to Entrepreneur Works Fund for processing and technical assistance.  Applications will be evaluated for an eligibility determination and amount of applicant’s total financial need.  Financial assistance received from other sources will be deducted from the applicant’s total need in order to avoid a duplication of benefits.

Note:  Businesses must be current as of March 1, 2020, with all City of Chester taxes, licenses, and related ordinances.