Borough to receive CARES funding

Chambersburg EMS workers in PPE. Provided photo

CHAMBERSBURG—The Borough of Chambersburg will receive an $808,246.63 grant through the Franklin County Municipal Reimbursement Program, funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

The grant will reimburse certain costs incurred as a result of the Borough’s COVID-19 response efforts, including the Chambersburg Fire Department and Ambulance Service, which implemented a Continuity of Operations Plan.

“This has been quite the challenging year for our Fire and EMS staff, however, they have risen to the task and have continued providing frontline care to those in our community,” said Dustin Ulrich, fire and EMS chief for the borough. “We are thankful for the funding provided by the County, understanding the impact this pandemic has made on our department and the region overall.” 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the borough has remained open, and has honored its commitment to safely providing services and utilities to its residents without interruption. 

“We are very grateful for the funding received,” said Council President Alice Elia. “We appreciate the commissioners and Franklin County staff for recognizing the strain COVID-19 has placed on the borough and overall community.”

Town Council recently approved a subgrant agreement with Franklin County in order to receive the funding to offset the cost of direct Borough response, planning, equipment and public outreach efforts related to COVID-19. 

Costs such as personal protective equipment, additional disinfection services, and the digital information signs rented by the borough were reimbursed to the community as a result of this grant award.

The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020.  The $2 trillion economic relief package aimed to protect the American people from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19. 

The CARES Act provided economic assistance for local governments and American workers, families, and small businesses.

This legislation provided $625 million in CARES Act funding through block grants to Pennsylvania counties. The funding is being administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and is strictly to be used for support of COVID-19-related activities to offset the cost of direct county COVID-19 response; assist businesses and municipalities; provide behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment services; fund nonprofit assistance programs; and deploy broadband to unserved or underserved areas.