Mullery: Youth sports leagues may apply for CARES Act funds for COVID-19 mitigation

HARRISBURG, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, is alerting local youth sports leagues of $400,000 in federal CARES Act funds that is now available for leagues’ COVID-19 mitigation plans and preparations.

“As Pennsylvania continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, youth sports leagues are coming up with plans to resume competitive play while keeping their athletes safe,” Mullery said. “This funding is critical in making sure these teams have the masks, PPE and other safety measures they need to prevent the spread of this virus.”

Sports leagues may apply for grants up to $2,000 per organization. Those funds must be used specifically to prepare for, plan for and to respond to the coronavirus. Examples of approved expenses include masks, hand sanitizer and social distancing safety signs. Receipts and invoices must be provided with the application before the funds will be released.

The deadline to apply is Friday, Aug. 14. Sports leagues may apply online on the Luzerne County website, www.luzernecounty.org.

This funding is part of $28 million from state and federal funds, which were granted to Luzerne County to invest in Covid-19 related projects throughout the county.