WASHINGTON (WFXR) – On Tuesday, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine applauded the near $50 million in federal funding that has been earmarked for schools and libraries in Virginia to help expand access to internet connectivity for learning and close the Homework Gap for students who currently lack internet access.

The funding, which totals $49,943,309.02, was authorized by Congress from the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Connectivity Fund Program.

The money has been issued in three waves since late September with the latest wave being issued this week.

“We’re proud to see these federal dollars go toward keeping Virginia’s communities connected. This investment will help close the digital divide, while improving access to job opportunities and educational resources for Virginians as we continue to recover from the impacts of COVID-19.”

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine

Locally, schools and libraries that will receive some of this funding include:

  • Danville City Public Schools: $395,572.50
  • Pittsylvania County Public Schools: $431,480
  • Appomattox County Public Schools: $421,900
  • Franklin County Public Schools: $35,998.50
  • Bedford Public Library: $2,755.20
  • Halifax County Public Schools: $196,875
  • Nelson County Public Schools: $233,620.20
  • Lynchburg City Public Schools: $626,000
  • Wythe County Public Schools: $113,831.04
  • Carroll County Public Schools: $928,364
  • Carroll County Public Schools: $844,900
  • Patrick County Public Schools: $32,800
  • Salem City Public Schools: $648.725
  • Montgomery County Public Schools: $821,812.08

For a full breakdown of the funding, click here.

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