Governor Wolf announced the release of the COVID-19 Hazard Pay Grant Program. $50,000,000 from the COVID-19 Response Restricted Account has been appropriated to DCED to be used for COVID-19 hazard pay in the form of grants.
Applications are able to be submitted now through Friday, July 31. This program is not first come, first served. Applications submitted within the timeframe will be prioritized by industry with accordance with the Worker Exposure Risk to COVID-19 released by OSHA.
Please refer to the program guidelines attached and additional information below. Companies may apply directly through DCED’s Single Application. The two excel attachments need to be completed and submitted along with the electronic single application.
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.
Businesses, healthcare non-profits, public transportation agencies and certified economic development organizations may apply for funding for employers located and operating in Pennsylvania within one of the following eligible industries:
• Healthcare and Social Assistance
• Food Manufacturing
• Food Retail Facilities
• Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation
• 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 (as defined below) for direct, full-time and part-time employees earning less than $20/hour, excluding fringe benefits and overtime. 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. Hazard pay means additional pay for performing hazardous duty or work involving physical hardship, in each case that is related to COVID-19.
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.
How to Apply
Applications will be received between July 16, 2020 and July 31, 2020. To apply for funding, applications must be submitted through the Electronic Single Application (ESA). If you have additional questions or need further assistance, please contact Rebecca Beach at 814.677.4800 x115 or email@example.com.