This resource page provides an overview of how counties across the country are distributing their Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) payments and other federal funds authorized under the CARES Act. This page will be updated as NACo receives additional information on county CRF plans. Help NACo collect county examples by taking a quick, five minute survey, which you can find below. Your county’s response will be included on this resource page.
Annual Large County Expenditures (National Totals, Varies by County)
Source: NACo Analysis of U.S. Census Bureau - Census of Individual Governments: Finance
Funding from the CARES Act plays a critical role in addressing counties’ financial needs and emergency response amid the pandemic. Large counties with over 500,000 residents typically find their largest expenditures in health and human services. After receiving CARES Act payments, most large counties with over 500,000 residents allocated a significant portion of CARES Act funding to purchase PPE, pay for overtime, increase testing capacity and expand local grant and loan programs.
How Counties are Investing Coronavirus Relief Fund Payments
On March 27, Congress passed and the president signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which established a new $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) for state, county and municipal governments with populations of over 500,000 people to address necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The U.S. Treasury will oversee and administer CRF payments to state and local governments. Now that the U.S. Treasury has distributed CRF payments, eligible counties are now tasked with distributing these funds in the best way possible to support our nation’s residents and communities. Please see below for county examples for how counties across the country are distributing CRF payments.Standard