Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)
Grants to Pennsylvania healthcare nonprofit organizations, businesses, public transportation agencies, and economic development organizations in eligible industries for relief during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. The purpose of this program is to help employers retain employees working in vital sectors.
The COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grant Program was established to help employers provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining occupations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Hazard pay is intended to keep front-line employees working in sectors that are vital to every Pennsylvanians’ existence. The program will help employers provide hazard pay for their employees to retain current employees. This reimbursement-based grant is for employers who will be offering hazard pay over the eligible program period.
Eligible industries include healthcare and social assistance, food manufacturing, food retail facilities, transit and ground passenger transportation, security services for eligible industries, and janitorial services. For more information on eligible industries, see https://dced.pa.gov/download/covid-19-pa-hazard-pay-grant-guidelines-2020/?wpdmdl=95560#page=4.
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. Hazard pay means additional pay for performing hazardous duty or work involving physical hardship, in each case that is related to COVID-19. For more information about eligible uses of funds, see https://dced.pa.gov/download/covid-19-pa-hazard-pay-grant-guidelines-2020/?wpdmdl=95560#page=5.
GrantWatch ID#: 191258
Applicants may apply for up to $1,200 per eligible full-time equivalent (FTE) employee. The hazard pay must be paid to the eligible employee over the 10-week period of August 16, 2020 through October 24, 2020 as a $3/hour hazard pay increase to their regular pay rate. Employers may apply for a grant to provide hazard pay for up to 500 eligible full-time equivalent employees per location ($600,000 maximum grant per location). No Employer may receive more than $3,000,000 of the funding under the COVID-19 Hazard Pay Grant Program.
Funds may only be used to pay hazard pay for eligible employees for the 10-week period from August 16, 2020 through October 24, 2020.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For any questions, contact DCED Customer Service by calling 1.866.466.3972 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program inquiries should be directed to:
Telephone: (717) 787-6245
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, 4th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225
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