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PRINTER'S NO. 1849
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
1233
Session of
2020
INTRODUCED BY KEARNEY, HUGHES, SANTARSIERO, STREET, BARTOLOTTA,
FONTANA, FARNESE, TARTAGLIONE, MUTH, COSTA, A. WILLIAMS AND
IOVINO, JULY 13, 2020
REFERRED TO APPROPRIATIONS, JULY 13, 2020
AN ACT
Amending the act of April 9, 1929 (P.L.343, No.176), entitled
"An act relating to the finances of the State government;
providing for cancer control, prevention and research, for
ambulatory surgical center data collection, for the Joint
Underwriting Association, for entertainment business
financial management firms, for private dam financial
assurance and for reinstatement of item vetoes; providing for
the settlement, assessment, collection, and lien of taxes,
bonus, and all other accounts due the Commonwealth, the
collection and recovery of fees and other money or property
due or belonging to the Commonwealth, or any agency thereof,
including escheated property and the proceeds of its sale,
the custody and disbursement or other disposition of funds
and securities belonging to or in the possession of the
Commonwealth, and the settlement of claims against the
Commonwealth, the resettlement of accounts and appeals to the
courts, refunds of moneys erroneously paid to the
Commonwealth, auditing the accounts of the Commonwealth and
all agencies thereof, of all public officers collecting
moneys payable to the Commonwealth, or any agency thereof,
and all receipts of appropriations from the Commonwealth,
authorizing the Commonwealth to issue tax anticipation notes
to defray current expenses, implementing the provisions of
section 7(a) of Article VIII of the Constitution of
Pennsylvania authorizing and restricting the incurring of
certain debt and imposing penalties; affecting every
department, board, commission, and officer of the State
government, every political subdivision of the State, and
certain officers of such subdivisions, every person,
association, and corporation required to pay, assess, or
collect taxes, or to make returns or reports under the laws
imposing taxes for State purposes, or to pay license fees or
other moneys to the Commonwealth, or any agency thereof,
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every State depository and every debtor or creditor of the
Commonwealth," in emergency COVID-19 response, providing for
COVID-19 nonprofit assistance grants.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Article I-C of the act of April 9, 1929 (P.L.343,
No.176), known as The Fiscal Code, is amended by adding a
subarticle to read:
SUBARTICLE D.1
COVID-19 NONPROFIT ASSISTANCE GRANTS
Section 139.1-C. Definitions.
The following words and phrases when used in this subarticle
shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Current fiscal year." The fiscal year beginning July 1,
2019, and ending June 30, 2020.
Section 139.2-C. Construction with General Appropriation Act of
2019.
Any appropriations under this subarticle shall be in addition
to any appropriation under the act of June 28, 2019 (P.L.839,
No.1A), known as the General Appropriation Act of 2019, and the
act of May 29, 2020 (P.L. , No.2A), known as the COVID-19
Emergency Supplement to the General Appropriation Act of 2019.
Section 139.3-C. Appropriations from account.
From the Federal amounts appropriated from the account to the
Department of Community and Economic Development for the current
fiscal year for COVID Relief - Nonprofit Assistance Grant
Program, $100,000,000 is appropriated for the Nonprofit
Assistance Grant Program established under section 139.5-C(a).
Section 139.4-C. Continuing appropriations.
The appropriations under this subarticle shall be continuing
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appropriations and shall not automatically lapse as of the close
the current fiscal year.
Section 139.5-C. Nonprofit Assistance Grant Program.
(a) Program establishment.--The authority shall establish
the COVID-19 Nonprofit Assistance Grant Program.
(b) Transfer of funds.--From money appropriated to the
Department of Community and Economic Development for COVID
Relief - Nonprofit Assistance Grant Program, $100,000,000 shall
be transferred to the authority and shall be used to make grants
under the program.
(c) Purpose of program.--The program shall receive
applications and award grants to nonprofit organizations in
accordance with this section.
(d) Application.--The authority shall develop an application
for nonprofit organizations to apply for grants under the
program within 30 days of the effective date of this section.
The application shall require an applicant to provide proof of
the applicant's status as a nonprofit organization. The
application shall be made available and posted on the
authority's publicly accessible Internet website and be in a
form that can be completed electronically or via United States
mail.
(e) Deadline.--No application for a grant under the program
may be submitted after September 30, 2020.
(f) Guidelines.--The authority shall establish program
guidelines for nonprofit organizations, submit the guidelines
to the Legislative Reference Bureau for publication in the
Pennsylvania Bulletin and post the guidelines on the authority's
publicly accessible Internet website.
(g) Limitations.--The following shall apply to grants under
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the program:
(1) No grant may be awarded in excess of $50,000.
(2) Grants shall only be used for costs associated with
losses relating directly to COVID-19 that occurred between
March 6, 2020, and September 30, 2020.
(3) No grant may be awarded to a nonprofit organization
that has received funding for losses relating directly to
COVID-19 from the Commonwealth.
(h) Award of grants.--The authority shall award grants and
make grant payments under the program no later than November 30,
2020.
(i) Commonwealth Documents Law.--This section shall not be
subject to the act of July 31, 1968 (P.L.769, No.240), referred
to as the Commonwealth Documents Law.
(j) Expiration.--This section shall expire once all funds
transferred to the authority under subsection (b) have been
exhausted or December 1, 2020, whichever occurs first.
(k) Definitions.--As used in this section, the following
words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this
subsection unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Authority." The Commonwealth Financing Authority.
"Nonprofit organization." A corporation or other entity
based in this Commonwealth which is an exempt organization as
defined under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of
1986 (Public Law 99-514, 26 U.S.C. ยง 501(c)(3)).
"Program." The Nonprofit Assistance Grant Program
established under subsection (a).
Section 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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