Peterson Announces Approval of Additional Pandemic Funds for Ohio's Veterans Organizations, Libraries and K-12 Schools
Additional CARES Act Dollars also going to Crisis Support Centers and Elder Fraud Programs
COLUMBUS—State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) today 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 organizations and fraud prevention.
Senator Peterson voted in favor of these funds at the state's Controlling Board earlier this week. The additional funds 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.
"These institutions have served a vital role in helping protect and aid some of our more vulnerable communities as well as provide key services in the midst of this pandemic," Peterson said. "I am glad to see these resources going towards helping Ohio's veterans organizations, protecting our citizens from COVID-19 related scams and assisting our schools this coming year with remote learning tools."
The approved funding 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 COVID-19 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, over $1.7 billion in CARES Act funding has been approved by the General Assembly to be distributed to Ohio’s communities as they continue to battle and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. More information about the approved funds can be found here