COLUMBUS — State Senator Steve Huffman last week announced the state’s approval of over $87 million in additional funding for COVID-19-related expenses for Ohio’s K-12 schools, libraries, veterans’ homes and crisis support centers.
These funds, approved by the state Controlling Board, are provided to Ohio through the federal CARES Act and can be used for necessary pandemic costs, including but not limited to personal protection equipment (PPE), safety and sanitation operations, and remote learning technology.
“Ohio continues to be a leader by working to ensure that resources are distributed to those in need, as they recover from the financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Huffman. “These dollars will go a long way in helping protect both our vulnerable citizens and those who work every day to assist them.”
The funding approved includes:
$50M in matching grant dollars to Ohio’s K-12 school districts for remote learning tools, including broadband communication devices, hotspots, etc.
$18.3M for Ohio’s libraries
$8.75M for Ohio’s domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers
$4.6M for BMV Deputy Registrar sites and State Driver’s Test centers
$3M for Ohio’s congressionally-chartered veterans’ organizations
$1M for Ohio’s two veterans’ homes located in Sandusky (Erie county) and Georgetown (Brown county)
$1M through the Attorney General’s office to be used on COVID19-related fraud prevention, especially as it relates to fraud targeting Ohio’s elderly population
Additional dollars for Ohio’s 86 rest stops, operated by the Ohio Department of Transportation
To date, nearly $1.7B in CARES Act funding has been approved by the General Assembly to be distributed Ohio’s communities as they continue to battle and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.