CARES Act COVID-19 County Relief Block GrantJune 17th, 2020
The General Assembly recently passed, and Governor Wolf signed, Act 24 of 2020, which distributes $2.6 billion in federal CARES Act funding.
Act 24 provides $625 million to 60 counties as a block grant administered by the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED). The amounts for each county were determined by the Pro-Rata Populations Percentage. A list of the 60 counties and the estimated amount for each county is available here.
County block grants may be used for any of the following:
- Offsetting the cost of direct county response, planning & outreach efforts related to COVID-19.
- Small Business Grant Programs to support businesses with fewer than 100 employees & to support businesses and other entities that are primarily engaged in the tourism industry.
- Grant programs to support the following entities for costs related to assisting businesses during the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency: CEDOs, LDDs, IRCs, SBDCs, EDCs.
- Assistance to cities, boroughs, incorporated towns or townships located within eligible counties for response and planning efforts related to COVID-19.
- Behavioral Health & Substance use disorder treatment services.
- Nonprofit assistance programs for entities that are an exempt organizations under section 501(C)(3) OR 501(C)(19) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
- Broadband internet deployment with priority given to unserved or underserved areas.
PSAB suggests borough officials contact their county commissioners, with details of direct expenses from COVID-19 response, to apply for funding. Since the county can use these funds on a wide variety of uses, we anticipate this will be a competitive process. For more information on the COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant Program, please visit DCED’s website.