HARRISBURG – Local schools can apply now for funding through two new grant programs created last month to protect the health and safety of students, teachers and school employees during COVID-19, according to State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33).
Lawmakers created the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency School Health and Safety Grants program in May as part of Act 30 of 2020. The program provides funding to address needs that have arisen due to the pandemic, including:
- the purchase of cleaning and sanitizing products.
- training and professional development of staff on sanitation and infection prevention.
- equipment purchases.
- modifying school facilities to support appropriate social distancing of students and staff.
- mental health services and support.
- educational technology for distance learning.
- other health and safety programs, items or services.
“Schools and education were clearly a priority in the recent interim budget that was passed by the General Assembly,” said Mastriano. “It is everyone’s expectation that schools will be fully operational in the fall – the funding authorized by the General Assembly will ensure that our students and staff remain safe.”
Each school district that submits a qualifying application will receive at least $120,000 through the program, which is funded through Pennsylvania’s share of money from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Each area career and technical school, intermediate unit, charter school, regional charter school and cyber charter school will receive an allocation of $90,000.
Eligible recipients include school districts, area career and technical centers, intermediate units, charter schools, regional charter schools and cyber charter schools.
Applications for the program are due June 30, and funding will be announced by July 15.
Through the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency Targeted School Health and Safety Grants program, an additional $7.5 million is available for Intermediate Units applying on behalf of nonpublic schools.
Applications for the program must be completed by July 8, and grant recipients will be announced by August 1.
Both programs are administered by the School Safety and Security Committee under the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). More information on the grants is available on the School Safety and Security Committee’s website.
As part of the CARES Act, a total of $150 million in federal funding was transferred to PCCD.