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Downtown Chambersburg Inc. Received $75,000 from USDA to Support Bars and Restaurants During COVID-19 Recovery


Low-interest loans will be available to help those in the food and beverage industries experiencing losses and challenges related to COVID-19 business shutdown orders, capacity restrictions and workforce effects.


Funds through the Downtown Food and Beverage Revolving Loan Program will be used for equipment and inventory purchases, building improvements, façade upgrades and signage, business development, and fixed assets. Downtown Chambersburg Inc., a downtown revitalization organization, applied for and received a $75,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Development Grants to facilitate the loans. The federal funding will be combined with other sources to create a $90,000 revolving loan program.

“We’re excited about this opportunity to help restaurants, bars, breweries, and others in the food and beverage industries preserve and create jobs, adapt their facilities for additional seating or new outdoor seating, and more. This could include adding dining rooms on the second floors of downtown buildings,” Thrush said. “Our food establishments are key partners in Chambersburg’s vibrant downtown. I encourage them to consider how low-interest loans can help them recover from 2020 and 2021, and establish a strong foundation to be part of our community for years to come.”

The loan application and guidelines can be downloaded from this page. Those who own restaurants or bars in Chambersburg and have any questions should contact Downtown Chambersburg Inc. at, call 717-264-7101 Ext. 204

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