CRRSA Grant deadline is September 15
HFC is proud to offer a grant to help defer the costs of remote work (and on-campus work during the coronavirus pandemic) for all eligible employees.
The federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act has allowed the College to provide funding to employees for expenses related to your remote work. The College will also provide funding for essential on-campus work during this time.
This grant, officially called the CRRSA Remote Work/Essential On-Campus Work Grant, will provide each qualifying employee up to $105/month for up to 14 months from April 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021. This is a non-renewable grant. Only one grant will be provided to each eligible employee.
The final date to apply for this grant is Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.
Who is eligible to apply for this grant?
To qualify for the CRRSA Remote Work/Essential On-Campus Work Grant, HFC employees must meet the following qualifications:
- All bargained-for, exempt, and non-union/non-classified HFC employees may apply for the grant based on incurring eligible expenses during the designated period. Eligible expenses must be related to your work on behalf of the College.
- Eligible expenses for this grant include a broad variety of items such as computers/technology/software, peripheral devices, office supplies/equipment, and utilities costs. You will not be required to provide lists, itemizations, or documentation of your eligible expenses to apply for this grant. However, please keep any documentation that you have on hand, in case the College is audited.
- Employees who continued to work on campus during the pandemic will be eligible to apply for the grant but will be paid from a different funding source.
How do I apply for the grant?
To apply for the CRRSA Remote Work/Essential On-Campus Work Grant, employees need to fill out this form.
What else do I need to know?
- Provisions have been made for employees who worked part-time, retired midway through the year in question, or have special circumstances (such as English Composition adjunct faculty earning seniority points). These provisions are detailed on the grant application. Please contact the leader of your Collective Bargaining Unit if you have questions about these provisions.
- If you were on layoff during the 14-month period, you will not be eligible for the grant for the months you were laid off. You may still apply for any months you worked for the College.
- You will be notified by email of the approved amount for your grant.
- The Payroll Department will process the grants and will pay the funds to eligible employees and retirees at the end of September.
- The full amount of your grant will be included in your taxable income for the year and will be reported on your 2021 W-2 form. Our auditors have determined that this payment is taxable. Therefore, the original amount per month was increased from $85 to $105 to accommodate the taxability of the grant.
If you have any questions about the grant process or grant form, contact Lynn Borczon or email firstname.lastname@example.org.