Important Information: PA Hazard Pay Grant Program

Philadelphia, PA, USA, July 24, 2020

Our partners at PIDC Philadelphia offers valuable information for businesses regarding Pennsylvania's Hazard Pay Grant program. 

Last week, Governor Wolf announced the creation of the $50 million Hazard Pay grant program to assist business owners in certain industries in increasing the rate of pay to front-line workers (https://bit.ly/2WBwxkb).  The funds are provided through the federal CARES Act and administered through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).  The application period for this program is quick and ends on next Friday, July 31, 2020.  To help you understand eligibility requirements, we have highlighted just a few requirements you must have for your application to be considered complete.  For a full list of eligibility requirements, click this link to the guidelines: https://dced.pa.gov/download/covid-19-pa-hazard-pay-grant-guidelines-2020/?wpdmdl=95560

If you are interested in applying to the State for these grant funds, we strongly encourage you to get your DUNS number today, which will take about two (2) business days.  Once you have received your DUNS number, then register with SAM.  The links are below in items #3 and #4.

Please see a list of important information and eligibility requirements below:

Your business must be located in Pennsylvania.

Your business must be considered in these categories and applications will be prioritized in this order:

  • 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

In this particular instance the DUNS number is required FREE and is used as a tool in tracking federal dollars.  Th Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number is a unique nine-character number used to identify your organization. The federal government uses the DUNS number to track how federal money is allocated. This is step 1; to get the DUNS number for this purpose, go to this link.

According to Dun & Bradstreet, you will receive your number in about 48 hours (2 business days).  This is the link that provides the DUNS when used for tracking federal dollars and is FREE.  It is NOT the typical DUNS number used for business credit.  If you get to a site that requires a payment, then you are on the wrong site.  Use the link above!

You may register for SAM at the same above website.  To register with SAM, you must have your DUNS number and a Tax ID number or your Employer Identification Number (EIN). This is step 2 after you have secured your DUNS Number: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration/step-2-register-with-sam.html

Your employees, full-time and part-time, must currently be earning less than $20/hour, excluding fringe benefits and overtime, but no less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour.  The employees must be ‘front-line’ employees facing the hazards of COVID-19 and have continued working through the Governor’s March 19, 2020 Business Closure Order as a life sustaining business or a business that received a business

The grant covers pay to the employee for the 10-week period from August 16, 2020, to October 24, 2020, as a $3/hour hazard pay increase to regular pay rate. Employers may apply for up to $1,200 per eligible full-time equivalent (FTE) employee.

Eligible applicants may apply for grants using the online DCED Electronic Single Application for Assistance located at www.esa.dced.state.pa.us until next Friday, July 31, 2020.

The guidelines recommend submitting applications “using Internet Explorer or Google Chrome and have not been tested with other browsers."

Program inquiries may be directed to (717) 787-6245 or ra-dcedcbf@pa.gov.

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