Updates from PennAEYC
D ear early care and education supporters,

Below is an important announcement from the state on hazard pay grants available for front line workers. We encourage you to read the full announcement and guidance. If you have questions please contact the Department of Community and Economic Development as noted below.

Be healthy and safe,
The PennAEYC Team
Hazard Pay Grants Now Available for Front-Line Workers
in Life-Sustaining Industries

Governor Tom Wolf announced the availability of  $50 million in grant funding  to help employers 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. Child care is identified as an Eligible Industry within  the Guidelines .

Created through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, this reimbursement-based grant is available to employers offering hazard pay during the eligible program period 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.

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 for the 10-week period from August 16, 2020, to October 24, 2020. 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 full-time equivalent employees per location.

Eligible applicants may apply for grants using the online DCED Electronic Single Application for Assistance located at  www.esa.dced.state.pa.us  from July 16, 2020, to July 31, 2020. Program inquiries may be directed to (717) 787-6245 or  ra-dcedcbf@pa.gov.
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