Harrisburg – June 16, 2020 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today that the School Safety and Security Committee approved the framework to distribute more than $150 million of a total of $215 million in federal CARES Act funding.

“The action taken today by the School Safety and Security Committee is important because it will help speed the distribution of hundreds of millions in federal CARES Act funds to address pandemic related expenses,” Brewster said.  “These dollars will go as grants to schools and help reduce community violence.”

Brewster said that all school districts will get a mandatory minimum grant of $120,000 plus additional funds based on daily student enrollment.  Other school entities will get a $90,000 grant. 

“I am pleased that these funds will be soon rolling out of Harrisburg and into local school districts,” Brewster said.  “We must remain steadfast in our commitment to help school districts deal with COVID-19 expenses, while we work with community groups to stem violence.”

Brewster has served on the committee that distributes school safety grants since its inception.


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