The School Safety and Security Committee (SSSC) within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is now accepting applications for the COVID-19 School Health and Safety Grants to address a variety of health and safety needs for the 2020-21 academic year. The deadline to submit applications is June 30; awards will be made by July 15. Grants received must be used by October 30, 2020.
Under Act 30 of 2020, a total of $150 million in federal CARES Act funding was transferred to the PCCD to be distributed to school districts, area career and technical centers, intermediate units and charter schools for the grant program. Awards are to be made to over 770 eligible school entities per the formula distribution included in Act 30.
Eligible uses for the grants include the purchase of cleaning and sanitizing products; training and professional development of staff on sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases; equipment purchases; modifying existing areas to support appropriate social distancing of students and staff; providing mental health services and supports; purchasing educational technology for distance learning; and other health and safety programs, items or services necessary to address the COVID-19 disaster emergency.