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Grants to Pennsylvania Local Government Agencies to Address COVID-19 in Prisons

COVID-19 Mitigation in Local and County Confinement Facilities


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Funding Source
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Pennsylvania

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/19/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Pennsylvania local government agencies to address and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in prisons and detention facilities. Applicants must complete the required registrations prior to applying. Funding is intended to identify and mitigate COVID-19 through testing and analysis for staff and inmates of confinement facilities.

Under this solicitation, eligible activities include the support of COVID-19 detection and mitigation activities, including hiring personnel related to testing and/or mitigation efforts; purchasing laboratory equipment used for COVID-19 testing, supplies, test kits, and other tools related to the rapid identification of COVID-19; contracting with testing agencies; purchasing software and technology to track COVID-19; and other related activities. 

Required Activity: Assist facilities in establishing and implementing diagnostic and screening testing programs for residents/detainees/inmates, staff, and visitors. 

For information about optional activities, as well as eligible expenses, see Page 7 of the Guidelines in Attached Files, below.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
This funding is available to 66 Pennsylvania counties.

Each county’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB) will be responsible for coordinating the application for their county and local confinement facilities, as funding is limited to that purpose.

For the purposes of this solicitation, the term ‘confinement facilities’ includes adult prisons and jails; juvenile confinement facilities; police lock-ups; and community confinement facilities as defined by 28 CFR §115.5, or a ‘community treatment center, halfway house, restitution center, mental health facility, alcohol or drug rehabilitation center, or other community correctional facility (including residential re-entry centers), other than a juvenile facility, in which individuals reside as part of a term of imprisonment or as a condition of pre-trial release or post-release supervision while participating in gainful employment, employment search efforts, community service, vocational training, treatment, educational programs, or similar facility-approved programs during nonresidential hours.’

Pre-Application Information
- Recommended Egrants Agency Registration Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2023
- Recommended Egrants User Registration Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2023
- Mandatory Egrants Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 11:59 PM.

Questions should be received by the close of business on Wednesday, September 13, 2023.

Application guides:

Egrant registration:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
66 counties

Estimated Size of Grant
This is a non-competitive funding opportunity that will be distributed via formula based on the population size of the county.

Term of Contract
24 months: projects may have a retroactive start date of August 1, 2022, and an end date of July 31, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Direct questions to with “COVID-19 Mitigation for County Jails” in the subject line.

Questions concerning the Egrants System should be made directly to the Egrants Help Desk at either (717) 787-5887, or you may call toll-free at (800) 692-7292 and select option 9 and then option 6 when prompted, or by email at

RFP & Supporting Documents
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