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The Pennsylvania CARES II Lake Erie Fisheries Relief Grant Program was made possible through the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act, P.L. 116-260 to assist fisheries-related businesses in the Great Lakes negatively affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Marine Fisheries Service allocated $14,985,000 to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC) through P.L. 116-260 to assist Great Lakes fisheries-related business.  The GLFC made available approximately $250,000 to provide direct assistance to Pennsylvania residents who are involved in the following qualifying fisheries sectors in the Pennsylvania waters of Lake Erie or located in Pennsylvania's portion of the Lake Erie Watershed:  seafood processors, wholesaler dealers/distributers, and aquaculture operations; commercial fishing enterprises; recreational for-hire fishing businesses; and bait and tackle operations.  Seafood retail markets, restaurants, boat yards, vessel repair businesses, or subcontractors are not eligible for funding through this program.

Additional background information about this grant program is outlined in the Pennsylvania CARES Act II Lake Erie Fisheries Relief Funding Proposal.  Additional information about the application process and eligibility requirements is available in the application and affidavit forms provided above.

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission will accept only completed applications between 8:00 a.m., April 4, 2022, and 4:00 p.m., May 3, 2022.  Applications received before the opening or after the deadline will not be reviewed or considered for funding. Completed applications must be returned to PFBC headquarters at the following address:

Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
CARES Act II Lake Erie Fisheries Relief
P.O. Box 67000
Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000

Or via email at:

Questions regarding the program can be directed to Sean Gimbel at (717) 705-7842 or