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Kent County schools closer to getting funding to purchase PPE

Posted at 4:14 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 16:14:01-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Kent County schools are one step closer to getting about $2 million to purchase personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kent County Board of Commissioners announced Thursday.

The Kent County COVID Relief Committee approved the funding at its July 23 meeting and the next step will be consideration and approval by the Finance Committee and the full board at its next meeting on Aug. 27.

If approved, the funding would come from the $115 million federal CARES Act grant sent to the county earlier this year, the board said.

CARES Act funding has already been allocated for programs like the Kent County Small Business Recovery Program, shelter assistance, nonprofit assistance and a business PPE program.

"By allocating this funding, we want to be part of the solution to keep our kids as safe as possible and help to bring back normalcy in this crazy time,” Board of Commissioners Chair Mandy Bolter said.