Administration Announces New COVID-19 Funding Available for Pennsylvania
Counties Can Apply for
Community Block Grant Funding
Harrisburg, PA –
Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary
Dennis Davin announced that new funding is available to 60 Pennsylvania
counties under the COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant.
“As Pennsylvania continues on its road to
recovery after efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, it is critical
that we provide any and all assistance to Pennsylvania’s communities and
businesses in a widespread and expedient manner,” said Sec. Davin. “This
new funding will help Pennsylvania’s counties repair, recover, and
reimagine the future that is waiting post-COVID-19.”
Guidelines, applications, and eligible
counties can be found here.
the program, $625 million was made available
to Pennsylvania counties in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic
Security (CARES) Act funding in the form of block
grants administered by DCED. This funding may be used to offset the cost of direct
county COVID-19 response, assist municipalities with COVID-19 response and
planning efforts, fund nonprofit assistance programs, and deploy broadband
to unserved or underserved areas.
expenditures must have been incurred between March 1, 2020 and December 30,
2020. Formula-driven funding will be made available to the 60 counties that
did not previously receive direct assistance via the CARES Act, with a
minimum allocation of $1 million. The counties that have already received
direct assistance are Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster,
Montgomery and Philadelphia.
must be received by June 16, 2020. All applications for the County COVID-19
County Relief Block Grant must be completed and submitted online using
DCED’s Single Application at dced.pa.gov or www.esa.dced.state.pa.us. Paper
applications will not be accepted.
should carefully follow instructions outlined in the online Single
Application and provide requested information. Questions can be directed to
DCED Customer Service at 1-800-379-7448 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CARES Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27,
2020. The $2 trillion economic relief package aims to protect the
American people from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19.
The CARES Act provides economic assistance for local governments and American
workers, families, and small businesses.
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19,
Pennsylvanians should follow https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.
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