COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay -
$50M in Grant Funding

The COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grant, which has $50 million in grant funding, was established to help employers located and operating in Pennsylvania provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining occupations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hazard pay is intended to keep front-line employees working in vital industry sectors across Pennsylvania. 

This reimbursement-based grant is for employers who will be offering hazard pay over the eligible 10-week program period from August 16, 2020, through October 24, 2020, as a $3/hour hazard pay increase to their regular pay rate, and will be administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Businesses may apply for grants up to a maximum of $3 million.

Following applicants are eligible to apply :

  • Businesses
  • Healthcare Non-profits
  • Public Transportation Agencies
  • Certified Economic Development Organizations (CEDO)

Eligible Pennsylvania-based industries include :

  • Healthcare and Social Assistance
  • Ambulatory Health Care Services
  • Hospitals
  • 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

Additional details about eligible industries and employers can be found in the program guidelines .

Grant funds may be used for hazard pay (hazard pay means additional pay for performing hazardous duty or work involving physical hardship that is related to COVID-19) for direct, full-time and part-time employees earning less than $20/hour , excluding fringe benefits and overtime. Applicants may apply for up to $1,200 per eligible full-time equivalent (FTE) employee. Employers may apply for a grant to provide hazard pay for up to 500 eligible FTE employees per location.

Applications must be received by July 31, 2020 . To apply for funding, applications must be submitted through the Electronic Single Application (ESA). For any questions, contact DCED Customer Service at 1.866.466.3972 or by email at .
For more information contact your ACT representative or email us at .