3 RI school districts have applied for funding that Raimondo said had no applicants

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Contrary to what Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said on Wednesday, three school districts have applied for a portion of the $50 million in federal funding allocated to help schools get up to code with COVID-19 protocols, according to the R.I. Department of Education.

Coventry, Portsmouth, and West Warwick have applied for a combined $2.2 million made available through the state’s $1.2 billion in CARES Act funding, RIDE said.

Specifically, Coventry applied for roughly $747,000, according to RIDE, while Portsmouth is seeking around $292,000 and West Warwick applied for approximately $1.1 million. All three districts sought the maximum amount allowed. (How much a district can apply for is based on its student population.)

The clarification came after Raimondo said during her briefing Wednesday that no Rhode Island schools had applied for the $50 million in federal relief funds she set aside for schools.

“Well over a

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