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Appendix 3: Other Federal COVID-19 Relief Funding

IDEA: Other ARP Act funding includes nearly $105 million for special education in Pennsylvania through IDEA grants for school age students with disabilities, as follows:

  • IDEA Part B, 611 - $90,472,838          
  • IDEA Part B, 619 - $7,098,160
  • IDEA Part C - $7,179,588

The IDEA Part B formula grants assist states in providing a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment for children with disabilities ages 3 through 21 (Part B, Sections 611 and 619). The IDEA Part C formula grants assist states in providing early intervention services for infants and toddlers birth through age two and their families.

ARP Homeless Reservation: The U.S. Education Department is distributing $32.7 million to Pennsylvania for educational and wraparound services to students experiencing homelessness. A portion of this funding will supplement homeless assistance grant funds some schools already receive under federal law.

Emergency Connectivity Fund: Under ARP, funding has been allocated to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for an Emergency Connectivity Fund (through the E-Rate program) to enable schools and libraries to purchase Internet access and connected devices (including hotspots, routers, modems and computers) for students, educators, and library patrons who lack home internet access, a connected device, or both. Additional information is available at E-rate in Pennsylvania.

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program: The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program funded through CRRSAA to help households struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic. The program began in May 2021. The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. See the FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit website for more information.