School districts get broadband grants

Four local school districts will get broadband grants from Franklin County to help cover the cost of their pandemic-related internet costs.

Commissioners awarded $1.38 million to Chambersburg, Greencastle-Antrim, Waynesboro and Tuscarora districts, with G-A getting the lions share of the funds,

“The CARES Act funding allotted to Franklin County has been distributed across the county to help mitigate the impact of this pandemic on all of our communities,” said Commissioner Chairman Dave Keller. 

A team of county and legal representatives reviewed the COVID-19 Relief grant applications for broadband internet access.

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Commissions awarded the following grants: 

  • Chambersburg Area School District – $251,532.14
  • Greencastle-Antrim School District – $833,165.53
  • Tuscarora School District – $156,929.20
  • Waynesboro Area School District – $138,404.20 

The money for the COVID-19 Relief grants came from Act 24 of 2020, signed by Governor Wolf on May 29, 2020. Act 24 provided $625 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to Pennsylvania counties by means of block grants, administered through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

Franklin County received $14 million to help address the impacts and critical needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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 CARES funding guidance allowed for grants to support the following:

  • Small businesses,
  • Tourism businesses,
  • Municipalities,
  • Nonprofit agencies,
  • Behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment, and
  • Broadband internet deployment.  

All CARES Act funding for Franklin County is allocated. To view the COVID-19 Relief grants information dashboard, including maps of distribution areas, click on this link.