HEMPSTEAD TOWN, NY — The Town of Hempstead announced this week that it was awarding $2 million grants to four area colleges to help with the costs incurred because of the coronavirus.
The town will be giving $2 million each to Hofstra University, Molloy College, Adelphi University and Nassau Community College. The money comes from the federal CARES Act funding, of which the Town of Hempstead received $133 million.
“The CARES Act funding has allowed us to help ease the burdens on thousands of residents throughout the town," said Hempstead Town Supervisor Don Clavin. "The financial assistance being provided to these local colleges and universities within our community will enable them to maintain the necessary level of safety for students and staff as they look to bring students back to the classroom.”
From the start of the pandemic, the four colleges have been working to design a reopening plan that would allow students and staff to return to their respective campuses as safely as possible, town officials said. The grants will go towards the expenditures incurred in order to provide personal protective equipment for all those opting to participate in in-person instruction.
"We have long valued our partnership with the Town of Hempstead and the positive relationship we’ve had with our community through the years," said Adelphi President Christine M. Riordan. "The pandemic has strained every institution in the country, economically and logistically — we are so grateful for this grant and the confidence shown by the town in apportioning the federal CARES Act funds, which will help ensure the safety of our students and community."