HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Pennsylvania has set aside $50 million from the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) to be given as grants (up to $3 million in value) to businesses who have front-line employees in life-sustaining jobs during the pandemic.
“In the fight against COVID-19, our front-line workers have put themselves at risk every day in order to continue to provide life-sustaining services to their fellow Pennsylvanians, and this funding will increase their pay in recognition of those sacrifices,” said Gov. Wolf. “These grants will help businesses retain employees, ensure that Pennsylvanians keep working and avoid disruption of critical goods and services.”Gov. Tom Wolf
According to the governor’s office, these applicants can apply:
- Healthcare Non-profits
- Public Transportation Agencies
- Certified Economic Development Organizations (CEDO)
And these industries:
- Healthcare and Social Assistance
- Ambulatory Health Care Services
- Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
- Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation
- Food Manufacturing
- Food Retail Facilities
- Security Services for eligible industries listed above and commercial industries that were not closed as a result of the Governor’s Business Closure Order
- Janitorial Services to Buildings and Dwellings
The funds are to be used for employees earning less than $20 per hour (not considering fringe benefits or overtime) during the time frame of August 16th to October 24th of this year. Those seeking grants can apply for up to $1,200 for each employee that is full-time equivalent and may apply for up to 500 full-time equivalent employees at a location.