State unveils grant program for college reopening

By: Tribune-Review

Colleges and universities struggling to reopen will be able to tap a portion of $28 million in federal CARES Act grants, state officials set aside to help them underwrite public health and safety plans.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced the availability of grants as colleges wrestle with last minute decisions on whether to reopen shuttered campuses or continue online learning this fall. He said $500,000 from the grant pool has been earmarked for adult basic education providers, while the remainder will be available to colleges and universities.

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COVID-19 Hazard Pay Grant Program

Governor Wolf announced the availability of new grant funding to help employers retain workers in life-sustaining occupations.

Grant funds may be used for hazard pay for direct, full-time and part-time employees earning less than $20/hour, excluding fringe benefits and overtime. Funds may only be used for pay during the 10-week period from August 16, 2020 through October 24, 2020. Hazard pay means additional pay for performing hazardous duty or work involving physical hardship, in each case that is related to COVID-19. Applicants may apply for up to $1,200 per eligible full-time equivalent (FTE) employee and is to be paid as a $3/hour increase to regular pay. Employers may apply for up to 500 eligible full-time equivalent employees per location ($600,000 maximum grant per location).

Eligible employers must be located in PA and operate within one of the following industries:

  • Healthcare – nursing and residential care facilities, hospitals, ambulatory health care services
  • Social Assistance – child day care services, individual and family services, community food and other emergency services
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Food Retail Facilities – grocery and specialty food stores
  • Janitorial Services
  • Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation
  • Security Services for industries listed above

The grant closes July 31, 2020. Please feel free to contact us should you like additional information

Open Application Period for the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP)

The eagerly anticipated application period for Pennsylvania’s largest economic development grant program is expected to open for 30 days starting on July 13, 2020. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) provides grants for the acquisition and construction of economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. Earlier this month the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate approved SB 905, the Capital Budget Itemization bill. The Governor is expected to sign this bill by the end of June, giving the program the green light to open up for new applications.

Projects with a total cost of $1 million or more are eligible to apply for up to 50% of the total construction budget. Candidates for RACP must have been previously authorized in a Capital Budget Itemization Act in order to be eligible. Not sure what that means? We have a unique expertise in this particular program and can assist with all aspects of this process from the application completion to the drawdown of awarded grant funds.

Please contact us to learn more.