Resources and Information Related to the Coronavirus Relief Fund

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    Resources and Information Related to the Coronavirus Relief Fund

    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.

    County Examples

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    Click here for a printable PDF of examples.

    NACo Brief: Coronavirus Relief Fund​

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    This document provides an overview of the CRF funding breakdown, eligibility requirements and recently released U.S. Treasury guidance with a specific focus on how each of these items impact county governments.

    U.S. Treasury Guidance

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    The U.S. Treasury's Office of Inspector General (OIG) also released a new memorandum outlining new reporting and record retention requirements for CRF recipients. Find out how NACo has shaped the U.S. Treasury's implementation of the CRF.

     

    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.

    On December 27, the President signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 into law after months of stalled negotiations over the next round of federal coronavirus aid. This $2.3 trillion dollar package contained both Federal Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2021 and additional COVID-19 relief. Due to advocacy efforts from NACo and others, the law extended the deadline for counties to invest CRF dollars until December 31, 2021. Please see some examples below on how counties across the country are allocating CRF payments.

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    Vaccine Distribution

    Mille Lacs County, Minnesota

    CRF allocation: $3,174,458

    Plan Overview: Mille Lacs County allocated a portion of its CRF sub-allocation to purchase a trailer, supplies and a vehicle in an effort with the Minnesota Department of Public Health to prepare for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. This equipment would be used for large-scale testing and vaccination sites intended to vaccinate about 20,000 citizens across the county. For more information, click here.

    Walton County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $3,231,205 (initial 25% allocation: $807,801)

    Plan Overview: Walton County invested a portion of its CRF sub-allocation on four heavy-duty tents and a trailer mounter light tower. This equipment will be used at Points of Distribution (POD) vaccination centers across the county. The county has also allocated CRF funds towards the purchase of “cold chain” freezers for vaccine storage. For more information, click here (pg. 3-4).

    Tippecanoe County, Indiana

    CRF allocation: $6,263,207

    Plan Overview: Tippecanoe County allocated over $120,000 of its CRF sub-allocation from the state to cover expenses related to its COVID-19 vaccine clinic. For more information, click here.

    Seminole County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $20,582,500 (initial 25% allocation: $5,145,625)

    Plan Overview: Seminole County has purchased ultra-cold freezers to store doses of vaccine. The county also purchased a mobile trailer, tents and lighting for vaccination services. However, it is unclear whether these funds originated from the county’s sub-allocated CRF funds. For more information, click here.

    Pima County, Arizona

    CRF allocation: $87,107,597

    Plan Overview: Pima County allocated $3.4 million to purchase a 43,500-square-foot warehouse to store PPE and eventually a COVID-19 vaccine. Although CRF dollars were not directly used for the purchase, County Administrator Chuck Huckleberry said “that it was made possible by dollars freed up by the CARES Act and other federal funding”. For more information, click here.

    Hamilton County, Ohio

    CRF allocation: $142,642,735

    Plan Overview: Hamilton County allocated a portion of its CRF funds to purchase two walk-in freezers and a walk-in refrigerator for the storage of COVID-19 vaccines when available. The county has also found a secure location for vaccine storage and purchased a security system, a backup power system and a backup refrigeration system. For more information, click here.

    Macomb County, Michigan

    CRF allocation: $142,642,735

    Plan Overview: Macomb County allocated a portion of its CRF dollars to cover the costs of three ultra-cold freezers needed to store COVID-19 vaccines. These freezers cost between $12,000 and $15,000 each and the county is in the process of purchasing two more. The county also intends to execute a public outreach marketing campaign to encourage COVID-19 vaccination. For more information, click here.

    DuPage County, Illinois

    CRF allocation: $161,042,598

    Plan Overview: DuPage County intends to invest a portion of its direct CRF allocation for the purchase of two ultra-cold freezers to store COVID-19 vaccinations. The County has partnered with local organizations to store vaccine doses until these freezers are delivered and operational. For more information, click here.

    Sacramento County, California

    CRF allocation: $181,198,725

    Plan Overview: Sacramento County plans to allocate $3 million in CRF funds to purchase supplies and resources necessary to effectively distribute a COVID-19 vaccine when it is approved and made publicly available. These expenses include the purchase of “syringes, refrigeration bags, trucks and trailers”. As of October 22, the county has already approved $250,000 in CRF dollars to purchase two trucks and two trailers “to transport supplies to medical points of dispensing sites called MPODs”. The county described these MPOD sites as “pop-up clinics…designed to quickly distribute the vaccine to massive amounts of people”. For more information, click here.

    Orange County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $243,146,628

    Plan Overview: Orange County entered a contract with the Central Florida Family Health Center for “COVID-19 testing and Vaccine Storage Reimbursement”. The county also purchased a refrigerator, freezer and an “ultra-cold freezer” to store about 150,000 vaccine doses. However, it is unclear whether these funds originated from the county’s direct CRF allocation. For more information, click here.

    Housing / Rental Assistance

    Bradford County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $4,700,300 (Received initial disbursement of $1,175,075)

    Plan Overview: Bradford County allocated a portion of its CRF sub-allocation for an Individual Assistance program. The program provides one-time grants of $1,500 to assist residents (with gross annual incomes below $75,000) cover rent, mortgage, utility, telecommunications and/or automobile expenses. For more information, click here.

    Baker County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $4,920,964 (Received initial disbursement of $1,230,214)

    Plan Overview: Baker County allocated a portion of its CRF sub-allocation for a Residential Assistance program to provide financial aid to residents negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds may be used to cover expenses such as rent, mortgage, utility and childcares costs. Applicants can apply for grants of up to $2,000 per household and these applicants can reapply for funds after 30 days until all funds are expended. For more information, click here.

    Columbia County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $12,508,656 (Received initial disbursement of $3,127,164)

    Plan Overview: Columbia County approved a portion of its CRF sub-allocation for an Individual Assistance program to provide grants of up to $5,000 per household awardee. Eligible households must have a total income of no more than $75,000 and most have a demonstrated loss of income or similar economic impact due to the pandemic. Grant funds may be used for household expenses such as rent/mortgage payments, utility bills, phone costs and cable/internet expenses. For more information, click here.

    Pinal County, Arizona

    CRF allocation: $27,170,006

    Plan Overview: Pinal County allocated its AZCares Fund Program CRF sub-allocation for a CARES Business Assistance Program. This program provides up to $10,000 in reimbursements or payments for 60 days to cover mortgage, rent and/or utility expenses. Eligible firms must be for-profit businesses physically located in the county that experienced at least a 25% decline in revenues due to COVID-19 business disruptions. For more information, click here.

    El Paso County, Texas

    CRF allocation: $27,484,280

    Plan Overview: El Paso County allocated $1 million of its CRF payment for CARES Act General Assistance program. The program intends to provide assistance to over 700 households located outside of El Paso city limits that were financially impacted by the pandemic. Eligible households are those that “can demonstrate loss of income due to COVID-19 pandemic and meet 150% of Federal Poverty Level”. The county also described that the program would initially focus on rent, mortgage and water utility assistance. For more information, click here.

    Oklahoma County, Oklahoma

    CRF allocation: $47,291,598

    Plan Overview: Oklahoma County allocated $1.5 million to the Oklahoma County Home Finance Authority (OCHFA) for a housing assistance response program. The county partnered with Communities Foundation of Oklahoma to administer the program, which provides utility, mortgage and relief support to Oklahoma County residents impacted by the pandemic. The county also allocated $34 million towards the County Criminal Justice Authority (OCCJA) to cover payroll expenses and remodel buildings to adhere to COVID-19 public health standards. For more information, click here.

    Montgomery County, Texas

    CRF allocation: $104,983,285

    Plan Overview: Montgomery County allocated $65 million in CRF dollars to its Homeowners Stimulus Assistance program. The program provides a $500 stimulus check to the county’s nearly 131,000 households, so long as they apply timely and currently pay property taxes. The county also approved funds to cover IT equipment/technology purchases and overtime costs. For more information, click here.

    Brevard County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $105,034,237

    Plan Overview: Of the county’s total CRF allocation, Brevard County will provide $4.4 million of that money for a rental and mortgage assistance program, a utility and security deposit program and a food stability program. For the housing aid program, the maximum assistance for applicants will be for up to three months of housing costs — totaling as much as $7,200. Payments will be made directly to the mortgage company, apartment rental company or landlord, rather than directly to the applicant. Additionally, Brevard County approved eligibility requirements for applicants. Under the plan, to be eligible for assistance, the applicant must be a resident of Brevard County, have income that does not exceed 140 percent of area median income, demonstrate an impact from COVID-19, have a loss of at least 25 percent of their income, among other requirements. For more information, click here.

    Lake County, Illinois

    CRF allocation: $121,539,986

    Plan Overview: Lake County approved $5 million of its CRF payment for a COVID Housing Relief Program to assist eligible households cover for rent, mortgage, and/or utility payments. The program distributes grant dollars to cover these expenses for up to six months. The county also allocated $2 million for food insecurity programs to provide meals to eligible residents in partnership with three local food partners. For more information, click here.

    Polk County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $126,467,997

    Plan Overview: Polk County allocated $3 million of its CRF payment to a Mortgage and Rental Assistance program to help residents financially impacted by COVID-19 pay overdue rent/mortgage payments. The program has allocated approximately $900,000 thus far to 215 households and about 1,000 applicants are awaiting assignment/under review. The county also allocated $12.5 million for a similar Senior and Disabled Resident CARES program to provide $2,000 grants to assist individuals who lost their job and/or income pay for rent, mortgage and utility payments. For more information, click here.

    Hamilton County, Ohio

    CRF allocation: $142,642,735

    Plan Overview: Hamilton County approved a total of $7 million for its CARES Rent and Utility Relief Program. The program intends to provide rental assistance to Hamilton County residents who experienced a loss or reduction in income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the program, the county will cover up to three months of eligible applicants’ rent/utility payments with a maximum award of $2,500 per household. Eligible households are those that make no higher than 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI). For more information, click here.

    Snohomish County, Washington

    CRF allocation: $143,447,144

    Plan Overview: Snohomish County will provide $10 million in CARES funding for human and social services and housing. These services include housing homeless people and other vulnerable individuals during the crisis, providing rental assistance, establishing sanitation facilities and expanding resources available to survivors of domestic violence and those with behavioral health issues. For more information, click here.

    Ventura County, California

    CRF allocation: $147,621,523

    Plan Overview: Ventura County allocated $10 million towards a new Pandemic Rental Assistance Program, which aims to help reduce the amount of tenants’ back-owed rent, while also assisting landlords. To be eligible for the program, Ventura county residents must demonstrate that their income was impacted by COVID-19 (i.e. loss of employment, reduced hours, etc.), make less than 80 percent of the area median income, with priority given to those with an annual, household income that is less than 50 percent of the area median income. The program will provide two rounds of funding with each totaling $5 million. The grants will cover up to two months of owed rent, with the amount based on unit size. Studio and one-bedroom apartments will receive $1,500 per month, while two-bedroom apartments or larger will receive $2,500 per month. If there are more eligible applicants than the funding can support, a lottery system will be used to select applicants. For more information, click here.

    Hidalgo County, Texas

    CRF allocation: $151,582,673

    Plan Overview: Hidalgo County established a Hidalgo Cares initiative and allocated $7 million towards its COVID-19 Mortgage and Rent Relief Program. The program intends to assist the county’s rural residents financially impacted by the pandemic cover short-term rental and mortgage expenses. Eligible households must be at least 200% below the Federal Poverty Level and must have a documented loss of job or income. Housing assistance will be paid directly to mortgage lenders or landlords. For more information, click here.

    City of Jacksonville/Duval County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $167,120,862

    Plan Overview: Duval County allocated $40 million in CRF dollars for its Individual Mortgage, Rent and Utility Relief program. These $1,000 stimulus paychecks were issued to 40,000 households in the form of debit cards. Eligible recipients were Duval County residents with an annual household income of no more than $75,000 and have experienced a minimum loss in wages of 25%. For more information, click here.

    City of Indianapolis/Marion County, Indiana

    CRF allocation: $168,312,121

    Plan Overview: The City of Indianapolis/Marion County distributed $37 million of its CRF dollars towards housing and rental assistance programs. The county created an IndyRent Assistance program using $30 million in CRF funds to cover up to three months of rental assistance determined based on HUD-approved Fair Market Rent values and bedroom size. Eligible recipients are those who experienced a decline in income due to COVID-19. The county also allocated $7 million to provide needy residents mortgage assistance. This program includes foreclosure prevention services as well as mortgage refinancing assistance. For more information, click here.

    Pinellas County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $170,129,283

    Plan Overview: Pinellas County allocated a portion of its CRF payment for its CARES Individual, Families & Workforce Financial Assistance program. The program provides grants of up to $5,000 per household to cover mortgage, rent and/or utility expenses. These payments are sent directly to lenders, landlords and utility companies. For more information, click here.

    Collin County, Texas

    CRF allocation: $171,453,156

    Plan Overview: Collin County allocated $30 million of its CRF payment for a new Collin Cares Assistance Program to providing support for county residents to cover housing and utility costs as well as nutrition assistance. To be eligible for the program, a household must demonstrate they have been directly financially impacted by COVID-19, be a resident of Collin County, among other requirements. The program will provide up to three months of assistance totaling up to $2,500 per month. However, depending on funding availability, if family income has not increased and assistance is still required, applicants may return after September 1, 2020 for one moth of additional assistance. For more information, click here.

    Wake County, North Carolina

    CRF allocation: $193,993,721

    Plan Overview: Wake County approved at least $7 million of its CRF payment for House Wake! Eviction Prevention program. This initiative aims to reduce evictions by covering 50% of previously owed rent payments, as well as up to three months of future rent for up to 3,000 Wake County households. Eligible applicants are residents of the county that saw a loss/decline in income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, click here.

    Hennepin County, Minnesota

    CRF allocation: $220,879,842

    Plan Overview: Hennepin County has approved $15 million of its CRF payment for an Emergency Housing Assistance Program to assist residents in need of economic assistance. These grant dollars can be used to cover housing costs including rent, mortgage, and utility payments. The State of Minnesota’s COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program made an additional $6 million available to eligible county residents as well. For more information, click here.

    Palm Beach County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $261,174,823

    Plan Overview: Palm Beach County approved $25 million of CRF dollars to its CARES Act Rental, Utilities and Food Assistance Program. The rental and utilities assistance portion of the program covers up to 3 months of housing payments for rent up to $5,800 and up to 3 months of utility payments (or up to $1,200). Eligible recipients of food assistance can receive an allowance ranging from $400 to $1,000 based on the size of a household. For more information, click here.

    King County, Washington

    CRF allocation: $261,582,611

    Plan Overview: King County has allocated a portion of its CRF payment towards its Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program. This $41.4 million initiative is divided into four components. First, the county allocated $17.9 million to a Large Residential Property Fund to make funds available to landlords/property managers with many residents in need of housing assistance. The County also allocated $10 million to an Individual Household/Small Landlord Fund where assistance will be distributed to eligible tenants and landlords through a weekly lottery. $2 million was also transferred to a Manufactured Home Park Fund and $5 million was allocated to United Way of King County’s Rental Assistance Program. For more information, click here.

    Clark County, Nevada

    CRF allocation: $295,004,620

    Plan Overview: Clark County approved $30 million of its CRF allocation for its CARES Housing Assistance program. To administer the program, the county partnered with 14 local nonprofits and intends to provide financial assistance for utilities and housing expenses of up to 250,000 renters. Eligible applicants must exhibit a loss of employment, furlough status, reduction in work hours and/or decrease in income/salary due to COVID-19. For more information, click here.

    Broward County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $340,744,702

    Plan Overview: Broward County has allocated $25 million of its CRF payment for a CARES Act Rental Assistance program. The program provides grant funds to residents to cover a portion of their overdue rent payments from April to August. Funds will be distributed to cover 75% of outstanding rent payments for months one and two and 60% of payments for months three, four and five. Eligible households must have experienced documented COVID-19 related loss or decline in income. For more information, click here.

    Maricopa County, Arizona

    CRF allocation: $398,960,913

    Plan Overview: Maricopa County allocated $6.25 million in CRF dollars for its COVID Crisis Rental Assistance program to provide 6,000 households financially affected by COVID-19 up to $1,500 per month for each month of rent due. The county also established a COVID Crisis Utility Assistance program with $6 million in CRF dollars to provide $1,000 per household for residents struggling to pay their gas and electric bills due to COVID-19. For more information, click here.

    Los Angeles County, California

    CRF allocation: $1,057,341,432

    Plan Overview: Los Angeles County allocated $100 million to its Rent Relief Program administered in partnership with the Los Angeles County Development Authority. The program assists residents who have struggled to pay rent due to COVID-19 and program participants will have their rent paid directly to landlords by the county on their behalf. The program prioritizes 50% of its funding to targeted communities that are underserved. For more information, click here.

    Nonprofit Support

    Clay County, Florida

    CRF Allocation: $38,257,784 (Received initial disbursement of $9,564,446)

    Plan Overview: Clay County allocated a large portion of its CRF payment for a Non-Profit Grant Funding program. The program provides one-time grants of up to $35,000 to local non-profit organizations in the county to cover business operational costs and other expenses related to business interruptions due to the pandemic. For more information, click here.

    Travis County, Texas

    CRF Allocation: $61,147,507

    Plan Overview: Travis County allocated at least $560,000 towards its Travis County (TCTX) Serve program to provide emergency assistance to non-profit social service organizations in the county. The program will provide one-time grants of up to $50,000 to eligible non-profit firms to cover expenses related to service maintenance, continuation of operations and public health protections. Funds will be allocated in the form of reimbursements and administered by BCL of Texas, a local economic development organization. For more information, click here.

    Franklin County, Ohio

    CRF Allocation: $76,336,363

    Plan Overview: Franklin County allocated $5.45 million to assist non-profit organizations that provide health and human services within the county. This funding was disbursed in the form of one-time grants to 30 local non-profits through the Columbus and Franklin County Resilience Initiative Grant Program. Altogether, 110 organizations were awarded grants and these funds could be used to cover losses in revenue, new COVID-19 related business expenses and new client-related expenses. For more information, click here.

    Chester County, Pennsylvania

    CRF Allocation: $91,606,532

    Plan Overview: Chester County approved $3.5 million in CRF dollars for the Restore Chester County: Nonprofit Innovation & Resiliency Fund. Administered by the Chester County Community Foundation, the program aims to provide one-time grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to nonprofit 501(c) (3) organizations formed by 2017 or earlier and be located in the county. Grant dollars can be used to cover unanticipated expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, click here.

    Washington County, Oregon

    CRF Allocation: $104,660,475

    Plan Overview: Washington County created a COVID-19 working group to identify ways that CRF payments may be best made. As part of the county’s CRF allocation, it provided $8 million to support community-based organizations (CBOs) and nonprofits. Aware of the critical role CBOs and nonprofits have in the response to COVID-19, such as creating public education campaigns and taking the lead in testing and community support. Funds will also be used to cover staffing and facility related costs. Additionally, the county will allow funds to be used by CBOs and nonprofits to complete needs assessments as they look ahead to what it will take to serve their clients post COVID-19. For more information, click here.

    Utah County, Utah

    CRF Allocation: $111,630,342

    Plan Overview: Utah County approved $5 million of its CRF payment for a Nonprofit Grant program to provide financial assistance to nonprofit organizations within the county that have been impacted by the pandemic. Eligible applicants are 501(c)3, 501(c)4, 401(c)5 or 401(c)6 organizations that are located within the county and have been operational for at least two years. One-time grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 can be used by awardees to offset financial impacts on the provision of services during the pandemic. This includes payroll expenses, rent/mortgage and utility payments, social distancing refurbishments, PPE purchases and other COVID-19 related costs. For more information, click here.

    Jefferson County, Colorado

    CRF Allocation: $114,915,910

    Plan Overview: Jefferson County allocated $5 million towards a newly established CARES Act Emergency Grant Funding program to support small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. The allocation amount will be based number of applicants, availability of funds and demonstrated needs. In the nonprofit application, it requests that nonprofits request a certain allocation amount and describe how funds will be used. For more information, click here.

    Cobb County, Georgia

    CRF allocation: $132,638,742

    Plan Overview: Cobb County allocated a portion of its CRF payment to two programs – food procurement and hazard pay. Under the food procurement proposal, Cobb County is allocating emergency funding for food procurement, storage and distribution being provided by nonprofit organizations within the community in response to COVID-19. The county awards grants to over 30 nonprofit organizations that will provide nutrition assistance to the county’s residents. For more information, click here.

    Gwinnett County, Georgia

    CRF allocation: $163,368,000

    Plan Overview: Gwinnett County allocated $6.14 million of its CRF allocation to the newly established COVID-19 Grant Funding Opportunity. The county is encouraging nonprofit organizations to apply that have traditionally addressed critical needs within the community such as emergency food assistance, house and emergency shelter, child care, transportation and health care services. The county is partnering with the Community Foundation of Northeast Georgia who has traditionally worked with many of Gwinnett County’s nonprofits and will distribute grants to these organizations. Additionally, to help track funding distributions, the county is contracting with WFN Consulting. For Gwinnett County’s nonprofit grant opportunities toolkit, click here. For more information, click here.

    Fairfax County, Virginia (Minority-owned business support)

    CRF allocation: $200,251,000

    Plan Overview: Fairfax County allocated between $10 million - $30 million towards a new Small Business and Non-Profit Relief Grant Program that will help small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. Administered by the County Executive, the primary purpose of the grant Program is to support eligible small businesses, including non-safety net nonprofit organizations in the county, through grants to address costs of business interruptions caused by required closures. The Grant Program has three major desired outcomes including help businesses and organizations remain open through the COVID-19 pandemic, address gaps that may exist among complementary programs at the county, state and federal level (i.e. food stamps, unemployment assistance, etc.), provide targeted assistance to small businesses that would other historically are less likely to be approved for federal support (i.e. minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned). Awards will be made through random drawing. For more information, click here.

     

    Small Business Support

    Potter County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $1,492,444

    Plan Overview: Potter County disbursed about $400,000 in financial aid to small business and non-profit organizations through its Potter County CARES Act Grant program. The program provides one-time grants of up to $25,000 that firms can use for payroll, rent/mortgage expenses, PPPE and other operating-related costs. For more information, click here.

    Calhoun County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $2,485,816 (Received initial disbursement of $621,454)

    Plan Overview: Calhoun County allocated a portion of its CRF sub-allocation for its Small Business Assistance Grant program and related consulting services. The program provides small businesses that have experienced at least 5% reduction in business revenues due to COVID-19 with grants of up to $7,500. For more information, click here.

    Clinton County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $3,488,812

    Plan Overview: Clinton County allocated $765,000 of its CRF sub-allocation for small business and non-profit support, $457,000 for municipalities, $285,000 for expenses related to first responders, $218,000 for tourism programs and $168,200 for behavioral health programs. The county will hold the remainder of its funds ($62,000) in reserves. For more information, click here.

    Jefferson County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $3,921,662

    Plan Overview: Jefferson County has approved a portion of its CRF sub-allocation for a Small Business COVID-19 Grant program. The program will distribute one-time grants to small businesses and non-profit organizations with no more than 100 FTEs. For more information, click here.

    Union County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $4,056,945

    Plan Overview: Union County distributed $1.7 million of its CRF sub-allocation to 136 small businesses and non-profits through its CARES Small Business/Non-Profit Recovery Sustainability Fund. The county also allocated an additional $800,000 to the Fund for a second phase of the program. This program provides grants up to $15,000 through a scoring system to businesses and non-profits with no more than 100 employees. For more information, click here.

    Carbon County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $5,796,203

    Plan Overview: Carbon County has established a COVID-19 Relief County Block Grant to provide small business assistance. By the end of the program’s first round, the county received $2.2 million in requests. For more information, click here.

    Clearfield County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $7,157,429

    Plan Overview: Clearfield County has established a CARES Act grant program for small businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19. Businesses with annual gross revenue up to $50,000 are eligible for a one-time grant of up to $5,000 and business with annual gross revenue of more than $850,000 are eligible for a grant up to $50,000. For more information, click here.

    Lawrence County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $7,722,491

    Plan Overview: Lawrence County approved a portion of its CRF sub-allocation to its Small Business and Non-Profit Interruption Grant programs. The county approved more than $3 million to 156 small businesses and a total of $366,000 to 19 nonprofit agencies. The county also allocated funds to a PPE Reimbursement Grant program and reimbursements for municipalities and fire departments. For more information, click here.

    Northumberland County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $8,203,928

    Plan Overview: Northumberland County opened an application window for businesses, organizations and municipalities to apply for a portion of the county’s CRF sub-allocation. The county partnered with SEDA-Council of Governments to administer the program. They also committed $1 million to expand broadband through a partnership with two other counties. For more information, click here.

    Lycoming County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $10,231,903

    Plan Overview: Lycoming County has approved CRF suballocation funds for its Small Business Grant program, Alternative Learning Centers Grant program, Non-Profit COVID Relief Grant program, Municipal Grant program and Fire/EMS Grant program. For more information, click here.

    Blair County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $11,002,237

    Plan Overview: Blair County allocated at least $1.2 million of its CRF sub-allocation for its CARES Small Business, Tourism, and Nonprofit Support Grant Program. The county also made at least $1 million in funds available for its Broadband Deployment Grant program and at least $800,000 available for its Governmental Entity Grant program. For more information, click here.

    Cambria County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $11,757,491

    Plan Overview: Cambria County allocated a portion of its CRF sub-allocation for its Non-Governmental COVID-19 Relief Grant program and its Governmental COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. The county also approved a $1.1 million contract to improve and expand broadband capabilities. For more information, click here.

    Centre County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $14,664,804

    Plan Overview: Centre County has established a Small Business Assistance program with its CRF sub-allocation. The county has also allocated a portion of funds towards for non-profit assistance as well. For more information, click here.

    Washington County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $18,681,742

    Plan Overview: Washington County provided up to $7.5 million of its CRF sub-allocation in grants to small business and non-profits. The program will provide grants, of up to $25,000, to firms with 100 or fewer FTEs. The county also approved a $35,000 agreement with a local CPA firm for administrative grant services.

    Cumberland County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $22,906,555

    Plan Overview: Cumberland County has divided its CRF sub-allocation under a singular “Renew Cumberland” block grant program. The program includes $13 million for grants to 400 small businesses with less than 100 FTEs, $3 million for grants to 109 nonprofits, $91,000 for behavioral health organizations, $5.5 million for county government expenses and $823,000 in reimbursements to municipalities. For more information, click here.

    Citrus County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $26,113,992 (Received initial disbursement of $6,528,498)

    Plan Overview: Citrus County has initially allocated a portion of its CRF sub-allocation for its CARES Small Business Grant program. The program’s first phase will provide one-time $7,500 grants to small businesses with no more than 35 FTEs to cover expenses including payroll expenses, vendor bills and mortgage/rent payments. Phase II provided individual grants of up to $7,500 to hairstylists, barbers, massage therapists, nail technicians, non-profit retail, food trucks and bars/restaurants with no more than 35 FTEs. Phase III of the program provides one-time grants of up to $24,950 for children, elderly and disabled care providers, state-licensed nursing homes, medical practices, boat captains, entertainment, court reporters, auction houses or home-based businesses. For more information, click here.

    Northampton County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $27,569,940

    Plan Overview: Northampton County accepted its sub-allocated CRF funds and approved $4 million for a small business grant program administered in partnership with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. The county also allocated $500,000 for a grant to Discover Lehigh Valley tourism information center, $300,000 for COVID-19 testing, $250,000 for the Lehigh and Northampton County Airport Authority, $500,000 to ArtsQuest for nonprofits assistance programs, $175,000 for Wi-Fi annual vouchers and electronic equipment for underserved seniors and veterans, $150,000 to school districts for Wi-Fi and electronic equipment, and $100,000 to the State Theatre. For more information, click here.

    Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $28,600,000

    Plan Overview: Luzerne County has allocated $10 million of its CRF sub-allocation on economic development/tourism/small business assistance, $8 million on county COVID-19 expenses, $5 million for its Non-Profit/Human Service Provider Assistance program and $5 million for its Municipal COVID Assistance Program. The county also allocated $400,000 towards broadband improvements and $200,000 towards program administration costs. For more information, click here (pg 69-70).

    Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $31,508,670

    Plan Overview: Westmoreland County has approved $5 million of its CRF sub-allocation for its Small Business Support Grant program, which will provide up to $25,000 (or 25% of calculated loss due to COVID-19), whichever is lower, to businesses with less than 100 employees. The county also allocated a $5 million for its CARES Nonprofit Support Grant program and a portion of its funds to the Municipal Grant Support program. For more information, click here.

    Bernalillo County, New Mexico

    CRF allocation: $31,818,045

    Plan Overview: Bernalillo County allocated $5 million for its CARES Small Business Grant program to disburse one-time grants of up to $10,000 to small businesses and nonprofits with less than 50 FTEs. The county also approved $500,000 in CRF dollars for small business assistance program administration services. For more information, click here.

    Charlotte County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $32,963,340 (Received initial disbursement of $8,240,835)

    Plan Overview: Charlotte County allocated nearly half of its CRF sub-allocation for its Business Recovery Grant program. The program provides grants up to $20,000 to for-profit and not-for-profit organizations with no more than 100 FTEs that have faced business interruption due to the pandemic. These funds are distributed as reimbursements and eligible expenses include payroll expenses, “increased operating expenses” and other “essential COVID-19 related expenses”. For more information, click here.

    York County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $40,553,915

    Plan Overview: York County approved $14 million of its CRF sub-allocation for a YoCo Strong Restart Fund to provide economic assistance to small businesses and non-profits. The program distributes grants of amounts between $10,000 to $35,000 to businesses with annual gross revenues of $3 million or less and fewer than 50 FTEs. The county also allocated $4.63 million for tourism support, cultural arts, workforce development programs and support services. For more information, click here.

    Alachua County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $46,945,928 (Received initial disbursement of $11,736,482)

    Plan Overview: Alachua County allocated a portion of its initial CRF sub-allocation payment for a CARES Business Relief Grant program to provide small and medium-sized businesses located in the county that impacted by business interruptions due to COVID-19. The initial round of funding provided one-time grants of "the lsser of the eligible net loss during the period or $15,000" and applications filed after September 2020 will "receive the lesser of the eligible net loss during the period or $21,000". Funds can be used to cover both ordinary and necessary expenses, which include payroll costs, vendor bills and rent/mortgage/lease payments to offset lost business revenues due to the pandemic. For more information, click here.

    Fresno County, California

    CRF allocation: $81,579,507

    Plan Overview: Fresno County created allocated $5 million of its CRF payment to a new small business grant program, Helping Underserved Businesses Grant Program, which will award grants to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Under the program, businesses could apply for up to $5,000 to support their business to pay employee salaries, rent, utilities or essential supplements. The program will be administered by Access Plus Capital, a nonprofit business lender, and Fresno County’s Economic Development Council (EDC), will help assist in reviewing the applications. For more information, click here.

    Pima County, Arizona

    CRF allocation: $87,107,597

    Plan Overview: Pima County allocated $2 million in CRF dollars to reimburse small businesses with no more than 30 FTEs through grants of up to $10,000. These funds were initially made available strictly to childcare providers for reopening and operating costs. In late September, the county established a CARES for Small Business Grant program to provide small businesses and non-profits with less than 30 FTEs similar grants of up to $10,000 to cover utility, rent, lease and/or mortgage expenses. For more information, click here.

    Camden County, New Jersey

    CRF allocation: $88,375,284

    Plan Overview: Camden County allocated $20 million towards its CARES Small Business grant program to provide up to $10,000 grants to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The county partnered with a business management consultant, Solix, Inc., for grant administration services. For more information, click here.

    Greenville County, South Carolina (Minority-owned business support)

    CRF allocation: $91,354,042

    Plan Overview: Greenville County allocated $70 million in CRF dollars for its Small Business Assistance program. The program distributes one-time grants of up to $10,000 to firms with no more than 50 FTEs. The county also establishes a Minority Small Business Assistance program with $5 million in CRF dollars to provide grants to small businesses that are at least 51% owned by individuals who face social and economic disadvantages. For more information, click here.

    Montgomery County, Ohio

    CRF allocation: $92,775,281.40

    Plan Overview: Montgomery County approved the establishment of a temporary Office of CARES Act to administer/distribute the county’s CRF payment under the direction of the Workforce Development Director. On June 16th, the county approved a resolution authorizing the creation of the CARES Small Business Grant Program to award up to $10,000 grants to qualifying small businesses that have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will distribute $40 million of its CRF payment to eligible small businesses and be effective from June 11, 2020 through November 30, 2020. Eligible businesses must be located in the county, have a physical storefront, not have already received federal assistance (e.g. CARES, SBA loans, PPP, etc) have no more than 30 full-time employees and less than $1 million in annual gross revenue. The firm must also retain one full-time employee for at least three months after being awarded its grant. Montgomery County will also be providing grants to assist impacted entities in the agriculture, education, healthcare and housing sectors. For more information, click here.

    Williamson County, Texas

    CRF allocation: $93,382,340

    Plan Overview: Williamson County allocated $25 million of its CRF funds to the WillCo Forward small business grant program. The maximum grant per business is $30,000 and recipients must have no more than 100 FTEs. Both for-profit and non-profit businesses headquartered in the county are eligible to apply. For more information, click here.

    Summit County, Ohio* (Minority-owned business support)

    CRF Allocation: $94,402,596

    Plan Overview: Summit County allocated up to $6.5 million of its CRF payment for two rounds of funding to the Summit County COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant program. The program will provide grants at a maximum of $5,000 for businesses with 2 to 30 full-employees and a maximum of $2,000 for businesses with less than two employees. Eligible uses for grant funds include mortgage/rent payments, utilities, insurance (health, property, liability) payments, vehicle/equipment lease and rental payments, salaries/wages and other costs related to interruption of business caused by required closures. As of June 12th, 1,584 companies have received relief grants and 244 companies have been “waitlisted”. The remaining 2 percent of funds ($130,000) will be allocated to the “waitlisted” companies with the highest scores. In addition to this Relief Program, Summit County also proposed a resolution that would allocate up to $1 million in CRF dollars to a newly established Minority Contractors Capital Access Program. For more information, click here.

    Stanislaus County, California

    CRF allocation: $96,085,924

    Plan Overview: Stanislaus County allocated $10 million of its CRF payment for its Business Grant program. The program allocated grants of up to $25,000 for small businesses (with 50 FTEs or less) and grants of up to $50,000 for medium and large businesses (with over 50 FTEs). Eligible uses of grant funds include payroll expenses, rent/mortgage payments and other necessary supplies and services. For more information, click here.

    Volusia County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $96,543,792

    Plan Overview: Volusia County established a new COVID-19 Fund, which allocated up to $10 million in CRF funds to implement the Relaunch Volusia: Small Business Reopening Grant Program. The program will make direct grants of up to $3,000 to qualifying small businesses (no more than 25 full-time employees). For more information, click here.

    Pasco County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $96,659,480

    Plan Overview: Pasco County allocated $6 million in CRF funding for the Penny for Pasco Jobs and Economic Opportunities (JEO) Trust Fund to support its Emergency Business Grant Program. This program provides emergency grants of up to $5,000 to 400 small businesses within Pasco County. The county also allocated a portion of its CRF dollars for a housing/utility assistance program. For more information, click here.

    Delaware County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $98,892,981

    Plan Overview: Delaware County allocated $10 million in additional grant funding to for-profit small businesses and $4 million in funding to non-profit businesses to provide economic support due to COVID-19. The small business grant program provides up to $7,500 for businesses with less than 50 full-time employees to cover rent, mortgage, utilities and inventory during the pandemic. For more information, click here.

    Ocean County, New Jersey

    CRF allocation: $105,949,274

    Plan Overview: Ocean County allocated $10 million for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s (NJEDA) new Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program – an emergency grant funding program to provide funding as efficiently and quickly as possible to certain small and medium sized enterprises, i.e., businesses and non-profits (SMEs), that needed payroll and working capital support as a result of adverse economic impacts of COVID-19. There are two phases in the grant program – the first phase focused on the smallest enterprises in targeted industries that were among the most adversely impacted by COVID-19 (businesses will fewer than 10 employees). The county is now implementing its second phase of the Grant program with less restrictive eligibility requirements to assist a larger number of SMEs (fewer than 25 employees). Phase 2 grant money may be used for reimbursement of lost revenue as a result of business interruption caused by COVID-19, but may not be used for capital expenses. The NJEDA is providing the necessary staff and support required to implement the program at no cost to the county. Of the total funding for the NJEDA program, $15 million will be set aside specifically for eligible entities located within a New Jersey Opportunity Zone. For more information, click here.

    Bucks County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $109,628,270

    Plan Overview: As part of its CRF allocation, Bucks County established the Bucks Back to Work Small Business Program. The program, funded at $30 million, will provide a loan up to $25,000 (or 25 percent of annual operating expenses) to businesses with fewer than 50 full-time employees and less than $700,000 in gross annual revenue. The county also allocated $7 million towards PPE and sanitization/disinfectant supplies, $6 million to human services providers and a portion of funds for overtime and hazard pay expenses. For more information, click here.

    Tulsa County, Oklahoma

    CRF allocation: $113,690,799

    Plan Overview: Tulsa County allocated $25 million to the Tulsa Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) with $25 million for its Tulsa County RESET small business loan program. Five funds have been established to help businesses with less than 100 employees and loan amounts vary from up to $5,000 for sole proprietors to up to $125,000 for businesses and non-profits with 50 to 99 employees. The county has also allocated $550,000 of its CRF payment for a “Safer Tulsa County” program to provide free PPE equipment and one month supply of masks, gloves, sanitizers and thermometers to 2,000 small businesses to help Tulsa County small businesses and nonprofits safely reopen. For more information, click here.

    Kent County, Michigan

    CRF allocation: $114,633,581

    Plan Overview: With its CRF payment, Kent County established a $30 million Kent County Small Business Recovery Fund to support for-profit businesses with 25 or less full-time employees. Qualified businesses will receive short-term economic relief grants ranging from $5,000, $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000 based on the size of business and operating costs. In addition to these grants, technical assistance and six-months cash flow projections/analysis will also be provided to these small businesses. Specifically, the fund aims towards supporting businesses that may be dealing with additional barriers including but not limited to language, general business knowledge, and from underserved communities. For more information, click here.

    Metro Government of Nashville & Davidson County, Tennessee

    CRF allocation: $121,122,775

    Plan Overview: Davidson County approved $5.7 million of its CRF payment to support small businesses and live music venues. This funding includes $2.2 million for small business technical assistance, counseling and mentoring as well as $600,000 for the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and $600,000.00 to Nashville Business Incubation Center for business development services. The county also allocated $2 million to provide one-time grants of up to $100,000 to cover two months of non-payroll operating expenses for live music venues in Nashville. For more information, click here.

    San Joaquin County, California

    CRF allocation: $132,988,949

    Plan Overview: San Joaquin County allocated $14.1 million for its Small Business Grant program to provide financial assistance to eligible small businesses and non-profits (with up to 250 employees) cover expenses related to business interruption from COVID-19. The county has also allocated $1 million towards its Personal Protective Equipment Grant program, which provides businesses and non-profits of all sizes within the county PPE supplies. For more information, click here.

    City of Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky

    CRF allocation: $133,793,184

    Plan Overview: The City of Louisville/Jefferson County approved up to $21 million of its CRF dollars for a Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant program. The program provides eligible Jefferson County businesses with one-time grants of up to $50,000 to cover payroll, utility, lease/mortgage, fixed cost support and technology-related expenses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. Assistance is focused on firms in the industries of retail, entertainment/art, recreation, childcare and food service. For more information, click here.

    Fort Bend County, Texas

    CRF allocation: $134,262,394

    Plan Overview: Fort Bend County allocated approximately $38 million in CRF dollars towards its Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant program. The program allocates grants of up to $25,000 to eligible small businesses in the county based on the size of the firm’s staff. Eligible grantees must be for-profit businesses, located within the county, have an “annualized revenue of $25,000 to $5 million” and “no more than 50 FTEs. Grant funds can be used to cover PPE costs, payroll expenses, inventory, rent/mortgage/lease or utility payments and supplies/equipment related to reopening. For more information, click here.

    Lee County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $134,459,744

    Plan Overview: Lee County allocated $25 million of its CRF payment for PPE and its Business Relaunch and Rehire programs. The county’s Relaunch program distributed $5,000 grants to eligible small businesses with no more than 25 FTEs. Lee County’s Business Rehire Grant program provided grants to eligible businesses based on the wages paid to each FTE rehired. Grant amounts vary from $5,000 for each rehired employee paid less than $15/hour to $8,000 for each rehired employee paid over $20/hour. For more information, click here.

    Middlesex County, New Jersey

    CRF allocation: $143,966,957

    Plan Overview: Middlesex County has approved $30 million in CRF dollars for its CARES Act Small Business Relief Grant program. The program provides a one-time grant of up to $30,000 to eligible businesses with 50 employees or less. These funds could be used by small businesses to reimburse COVID-19 expenses incurred or offset lost revenues. For more information, click here.

    Baltimore County, Maryland

    CRF allocation: $144,369,685

    Plan Overview: Baltimore County has allocated $15.6 million for several programs to support small businesses. The county allocated $10 million for its COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grants program to provide up to 650 eligible businesses with no more than 25 FTEs one-time grants of up to $10,000. It is the county’s intention that the program award at least 25% of its funds to female and minority-owned businesses. The county also approved $3 million in reimbursements to cover safety-related improvements for small service sector businesses and $2.5 million for food service organizations to make COVID-19 safety improvements and/or extend its outdoor dining capabilities. $600,000 in CRF dollars was also allocated for a COVID-19 Business Corridor Sustainability Grant program, which provides local business associations and chambers of commerce with the funds needed to continue to support small businesses in their community. For more information, click here.

    Denton County, Texas

    CRF Allocation: $147,733,722

    Plan Overview: Denton County has allocated $40 million for an Operational Plan for Economic Normalization (OPEN) program to provide grants of up to $50,000 to small businesses (with no more than 100 FTEs). The county has also sub-allocated $46.04 million in CRF funds to municipalities based on population. For more information, click here.

    Macomb County, Michigan

    CRF Allocation: $152,501,374

    Plan Overview: Macomb County allocated $5 million of its CRF dollars for a Business Sustainability Grant program that provides small businesses with one-time grants of up to $10,000. These funds can be used by grantees to offset business interruption-related losses and to cover expenses incurred due to COVID-19. Eligible recipients are for-profit organizations with no more than 500 FTEs that have a demonstrated need for payroll, mortgage, utility and/or assistance for similar expenses. For more information, click here.

    Kern County, California

    CRF allocation: $157,078,307

    Plan Overview: Kern County has a major focus on supporting small businesses impacted by COVID-19, and has allocated $25 million of its CRF funding. The county established the Kern Small Business Support Program, which is a coordinated effort with local business lenders. The partnership between the county and four lenders provides a forgivable loan in an amount up to four months of average payroll or $75,000 to Kern County’s local small businesses having less than 50 employees and $5 million in annual revenues. Unlike the federal PPP, Kern County’s program has added flexibility that will aid businesses during various phases of economic reopening. Kern County is unique is that it is working with local lenders/banks to distribute CRF funds and support. For more information, click here.

    Pierce County, Washington

    CRF allocation: $157,912,031

    Plan Overview: Pierce County has allocated $35.6 million for small business assistance programs across the county. This funding includes $6.14 million for an Emergency Small Business Relief Loan program that provides loans to small businesses with no more than 20 FTEs that have been faced business interruption due to the pandemic. Loan amounts will increase by $1,000 per each FTE, with a maximum of $20,000. The county also established a Commercial Rent and Mortgage Payment Assistance program, an Adaptation Grant program to help offset the costs of public health-related changes, and a need-based $10,000 Business Rollback Relief Grant Program. For more information, click here.

    DuPage County, Illinois

    CRF allocation: $161,042,598

    Plan Overview: DuPage County launched Reinvest DuPage, a grant relief program developed in partnership with Choose DuPage, a regional economic development organization, for small businesses and independent contractors impacted by COVID-19. DuPage County will fund the program with $7 million in monies received under the CARES Act, and Choose DuPage will administer the loan with support from DuPage County and local banking and financial experts. The program will provide grants of up to $15,000 for DuPage County-based businesses with fewer than 15 full-time employees and less than $1.5 million in annual revenues. Monies received under the program may be used for payroll, rent, mortgage payments, utilities, and other expenses necessary to maintain operations. For more information, click here.

    Westchester County, New York

    CRF allocation: $168,822,336

    Plan Overview: Westchester County allocated $10 million for its Business FIRST grant program to assist small businesses and nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program was made available to firms with less than 100 FTEs and whose primary business is located within the county. One-time grant awards can total up to $49,000 and grantees can use these funds to cover payroll costs, rent/mortgage payments, marketing, PPE/safety equipment and other COVID-19 related costs incurred. For more information, click here.

    Montgomery County, Maryland

    CRF allocation: $183,336,954

    Plan Overview: Montgomery County approved $14 million in CRF dollars for its Reopen Montgomery Program to reimburse small businesses and nonprofits for COVID-19 expenses related to compliance with reopening requirements. The program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for eligible firms with no more than 100 FTEs. The county also allocated $1.5 million for a Telework Assistance program administered by the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation. For more information, click here.

    Wayne County, Michigan

    CRF allocation: $188,331,621

    Plan Overview: Wayne County approved up to $57.5 million of its CRF payment in two rounds for its Back to Work Small Business Grant Program. The program provides up to $20,000 in one-time grants to eligible small businesses with less than 50 FTEs. Grant amounts are determined based on the firm’s total losses during April and May of 2020 compared to revenue from earlier this year or the same period last year. Eligible uses for funds include payroll costs, rent/lease/mortgage payments, technology needs, utility expenses, PPE and other COVID-19 related expenses. For more information, click here.

    Salt Lake County, Utah

    CRF allocation: $203,603,981

    Plan Overview: Salt Lake County allocated up to $40 million for its Small Business Impact Grant (SBIG) program to provide assistance to small businesses financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible firms are those that are primarily located in the county that have less than 100 FTEs, can document more than $500 in financial losses due to COVID-19 and received less than $35,000 in CARES Act assistance. These grants, which range from $500 to $35,000, can be used to cover payroll expenses, rent/mortgage or utility payments, insurance and other inventory and COVID-19 related costs. For more information, click here.

    Tarrant County, Texas (Minority-owned business support)

    CRF allocation: $209,816,856

    Plan Overview: Tarrant County has proposed an allocation of $30 million for a COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Grant Program. The program will provide up to $10,000 grants to businesses with 25 or less full-time employees based on payroll/fixed costs and the amount of funds available. As part of this program, 20 percent of grant funds will be allocated specifically for minority, women and veteran-owned businesses. For more information, click here.

    Oakland County, Michigan (Minority-owned business support)

    CRF allocation: $219,438,710

    Plan Overview: As part of Oakland County’s CRF plan, the county will allocate $5 million for a minority-owned small business grant program. The program will award up to $10,000 in grant awards for small businesses that are at least 51 percent owned, finance, operated and controlled by a member of a recognized minority group. For more information, click here.

    San Bernardino County, California

    CRF allocation: $380,408,021

    Plan Overview: San Bernardino County allocated $30 million in CRF dollars for its COVID-Compliant Business Partnership program. The program provides grants of up to $2,500 for small businesses with no more than 100 FTEs. The county is also offering an additional $1,200 to restaurants, retail stores and other service businesses for expenses related to relocating business operations outdoors. These companies will also have access to receive PPE directly from the County at the county’s cost. For more information, click here.

    Harris County, Texas

    CRF allocation: $425,942,656

    Plan Overview: Harris County approved a $30 million allocation of its CRF payment to establish a Small Business Recovery Fund. The program distributes one-time grants of up to $25,000 in two installments for profit and non-profit businesses with 30 or less FTEs. The county also established a $30 million COVID-19 Relief Fund to distribute funds for non-profit organizations and low-income residents. For more information on the Small Business Recovery Fund, click here. For more information on the COVID-19 Relief Fund, click here.

    Riverside County, California

    CRF allocation: $431,091,226

    Plan Overview: Riverside County allocated $46.6 million for the creation of the COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Grant Program. The resolution would also approve a subrecipient agreement with a nonprofit organization, Main Street Launch, to help facilitate the program. For more information, click here.

    Miami-Dade County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $474,085,078

    Plan Overview: Miami-Dade County allocated $25 million towards a newly established small business support program, the RISE Miami-Dade Fund. The revolving loan program will also seek private dollars with the objective of accumulating more than $50 million. The Citi Foundation, the community foundation for CitiBank, has agreed to become the first corporate supporter to the RISE Fund. Additionally, the Dade County Federal Credit Union will administer the RISE Fund, with loans originating at local community development financial institutions (CDFIs). For more information, click here.

    Orange County, California

    CRF allocation: $554,133,764

    Plan Overview: On May 26th, Orange County allocated $75 million equally between five supervisorial districts for economic support initiatives. These supervisorial districts can use its sub-allocation of the county’s CRF payment to fund business recovery programs, small business grants and/or loans administered in conjunction with a commercial lending institution. For more information, click here.

    Economic Aid and Workforce Development

    Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $33,352,687

    Plan Overview: Lehigh County has established a $4 million broadband, education and workforce redevelopment grant program. The county invested $5 million of its CRF sub-allocation in its COVID-19 Relief Small Business Grant program, a $4.35 million tourism grant program and a $5 million non-profit grant program. For more information, click here.

    Bexar County, Texas

    CRF allocation: $79,626,415

    Plan Overview: Due to high rates of unemployment, Bexar County created a new job retraining program that will pay workers a $450 weekly stipend to cover expenses while they acquire new skills to help them rejoin the workforce. The $40 million dollar workforce program will provide training for job areas including, but not limited to, health care, IT and other tech jobs. For more information, click here.

    Ramsey County, Minnesota

    CRF allocation: $96,026,770

    Plan Overview: As part of Ramsey County’s CRF plan, the county released contracting opportunities for non-profits or fiscally sponsored organizations to provide workforce-related services to Ramsey county residents through December 30, 2002. The goal of this new initiative is to address and help mitigate the economic and workforce gaps of Ramsey County residents most impacted by COVID-19 – people of color, people with disabilities, veterans and opportunity youth communities. Programs will range from such as ensuring access to virtual employment training classes, career services for older adults, among others. For more information, click here.

    Johnson County, Kansas

    CRF allocation: $116,311,034

    Plan Overview: Johnson County approved $9.8 million of its CRF payment for workforce training and development programs. The county’s COVID-19 School Age Remote Learning and Child Care Program received $4.8 million and aims to distribute financial assistance for child care and remote learning services to parents/guardians who must work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The county also allocated $5 million to provide training and workforce support to employees in sectors most negatively impacted by COVID-19. This includes healthcare, IT, manufacturing, transportation, construction and financial services. The program will also provide computer literacy classes, management and leadership training, GED completion programs and ESL services. For more information, click here (p. 17-23).

    Hillsborough County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $256,847,065

    Plan Overview: Of its total CRF allocation, Hillsborough County will provide between $30-$60 million towards economic recovery programs and workforce training. This funding, in part, will be administered in the form of grants to assist county residents in hardest-hit industries (hospitality, entertainment, food and beverage) to retain and retool skills for in-demand industries and occupations, to fund paid work experience programs for displaced workers, to provide training materials, equipment and other required items that residents may need to secure obtain and maintain future employment. Additionally, the county will allocate these funds to small businesses hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, click here.

    Broadband Expansion

    Forest County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $1,000,000

    Plan Overview: Forest County has approved a portion of its CRF sub-allocation to enhance broadband across the county. These funds will cover costs related to the installation of “wireless backhaul links” to expand broadband internet to underserved communities in the county. CRF dollars will also be used to install wireless access points and routers on county internet towers to make broadband more accessible and reduce outrage times in cases of equipment malfunction. For more information, click here.

    Mifflin County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $4,166,670

    Plan Overview: Mifflin County has created a Restore Mifflin County program to distribute its sub-allocated CRF dollars. The initiative includes a Broadband Deployment Relief Grant program to provide broadband internet access during the pandemic. The program provides one-time grants to businesses, authorities, co-ops, or non-profit agencies to reimburse the costs of providing broadband internet services to county residents. Eligible uses of grant dollars include payroll expenses for employees that worked on a broadband expansion/deployment project and any cost of equipment and/or supplies for the project. For more information, click here.

    Northumberland County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $8,203,928

    Plan Overview: Northumberland County committed $1 million to expand broadband through a partnership with a third-party organization and two other counties. The organization – Driving Real Innovation for a Vibrant Economy (DRIVE) – seeks to expand internet access by creating hotspots in areas of the county that lacks service. The organization has worked with neighboring counties on broadband issues in the past. For more information, click here.

    Blair County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $11,002,237

    Plan Overview: Blair County allocated at least $1 million for a Broadband Deployment Grant program. The initiative awards grants to entities on a competitive basis to fund the infrastructure development necessary to provide broadband internet. The goal of the program is to ensure that “unserved and underserved rural areas” have access to the same broadband capabilities of non-rural areas. For more information, click here.

    Cambria County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $11,757,491

    Plan Overview: Cambria County approved a portion of its CRF sub-allocation to enter a contract with Stix Broadband, LLC to increase broadband capabilities in underserved communities of the county. Most of these funds will cover the “outfitting of nine existing towers” and other broadband service equipment costs. This work is intended to facilitate remote learning and assist residents working from home. For more information, click here.

    Northampton County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $27,569,940

    Plan Overview: Northampton County allocated $825,000 in subgrants to school districts and the county Department of Human Services to enhance Wi-Fi capabilities and electronic equipment for underserved students, seniors and veterans. This funding is divided between grants of $100,000 to five school districts, grants of $50,000 to three districts and a $175,000 grant to the Department of Human Services. For more information, click here. 

    Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $28,600,000

    Plan Overview: Luzerne County allocated some of its sub-allocated CRF dollars for improvements to broadband capabilities. This includes the replacement of a public safety 911 radio system tower to meet structural requirements. The tower will allow third-party providers to install equipment that expands broadband services across the area. For more information, click here.

    Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $33,352,687

    Plan Overview: Lehigh County allocated a portion of its CRF sub-allocation for a Broadband, Education and Workforce Redevelopment grant program. Grants are awarded to entities working on “broadband internet deployment and behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment services”. The program is being administered with assistance from the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board. For more information, click here.

    Franklin County, Ohio

    CRF allocation: $76,336,363

    Plan Overview: Franklin County allocated $500,000 in CRF dollars to the Central Ohio Broadband Access Pilot Program. The county partnered with the city of Columbus to fund this program, which is a regional effort that will distribute 10,000 computers and provide 10,000 hotspots to low-income families with students in grades K-12. For more information, click here.

    Palm Beach County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $261,174,823

    Plan Overview: Palm Beach County allocated $10 million of its CRF payment towards enhancing broadband and Wi-Fi capabilities at 80 schools and 10 Boys and Girls Club centers across the county. The county plans to install fiber connections and root/mesh radios at each of these locations to do so. For more information, click here (p. 14-16).

    Social Safety-Net Services

    McKean County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $3,668,797

    Plan Overview: McKean County created a McKean County CARES program to distribute its CRF sub-allocation. The county has allocated $223,870 of these funds for its Behavioral Health and Substance Disorder Services COVID Grant program. It also provided $525,000 for a Small Business/Tourism COVID Grant program, $300,940 for a Non-Profit COVID Grant program and $225,000 for Municipal Assistance grants. For more information, click here.

    Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

    CRF allocation: $39,199,344

    Plan Overview: Mecklenburg County allocated a significant portion of its CRF payment towards social safety-net services. The county distributed $1 million to senior services programs, including the sanitization of 1,200 senior homes and the provision of mental health support and PPE, and $300,000 for senior nutrition programs. CRF dollars were also appropriated for mental health services and criminal justice supportive services. For more information, click here (p. 21-31).

    Collier County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $67,162,425 (Received initial disbursement of $16,790,607)

    Plan Overview: Collier County allocated a large portion of its CRF sub-allocation for community health and services initiatives, including funding to non-profits, community health providers, public safety providers and 501(c)(19) veterans organizations. The county also allocated $5 million for food banks and food pantries, $5 million for PPE disbursement to small businesses, health/public safety organizations and non-profits and $5 million for childcare facilities. For more information, click here.

    Guilford County, North Carolina

    CRF allocation: $93,732,721

    Plan Overview: Guilford County allocated up to $500,000 for its Extended Learning Program Grant to provide up to two months of a full after-school program for qualified families with grades K-5 aged children. Grant amounts would vary based on household income and be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. These funds can only be used for after-school program services, including the cost of these services ($540 per month, including full day care with remote learning supervision) and meals. For more information, click here.

    Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $95,224,630

    Plan Overview: Lancaster County approved $34 million of its CRF payment for programs and services that “protect the health, welfare and safety of the county”. This includes $24.4 million for a COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Testing program, testing services in nursing homes and long-term care facilities and funds for housing services. The county has also allocated $34 million for a small business grant program and workforce development. For more information, click here.

    Dane County, Wisconsin

    CRF allocation: $95,394,061

    Plan Overview: Dane County allocated a significant portion of its CRF payment towards social safety-net services, specifically child care and homeless assistance. To help child care providers ensure safe and sustainable re-opening plans, the county is partnership with Community Coordinated Child care, Inc. to administer grants to roughly 500 Dane County child care providers. Grant amounts will vary based on the size of the provider from a minimum of $1,4000 to a maximum of $15,000. Eligible child care providers include certified family, licensed family, licensed group, summer camp and licensed school age. The county has also allocated CRF dollars to partner with local hotels to provide non-congregating housing to the county’s homeless populations.  For more information, click here. 

    Sedgwick County, Kansas

    CRF allocation: $99,636,917

    Plan Overview: Sedgwick County allocated $18 million of its direct CRF payment for a CARES Coronavirus Relief Fund program to distribute funds to public health and social service providers. These funds will be allocated to recipients in the form of reimbursements. Eligible recipients include public health and social services organizations (i.e. healthcare providers, senior/assisted living/skilled nursing care facilities, mental health support providers, etc.) located within the county. For more information, click here.

    Jefferson County, Alabama

    CRF allocation: $114,915,910

    Plan Overview: Jefferson County approved $375,000 of its CRF payment to Boys and Girls Clubs across the county to cover the costs for 9 weeks of extended service hours for students affected by COVID-19. Agreements were also executed between the county and the Neighborhood Housing Services of Birmingham, Inc., the Salvation Army, the Birmingham Urban League and the JCCEO for rental and utility assistance programs. The county also distributed $1.74 million in the form of reimbursements to municipalities and special districts for COVID-19 related expenses. For more information, click here (p. 7-8).

    DeKalb County, Georgia

    CRF allocation: $125,341,475

    Plan Overview: DeKalb County allocated $5.62 million of its CRF payment for Social Safety-Net Services. This includes $1.25 million for the establishment of a Chronic Disease Prevention and Management program, $275,000 for the Dept. of Family & Children Services General Assistance program and $300,000 for Youth Services. For more information, click here.

    City and County of Denver, Colorado

    CRF allocation: $126,892,712

    Plan Overview: Denver initially allocated $20 million of its CRF payment as emergency funds to assist residents with social safety-net services. This first phase of CRF dollars includes $6.5 million for housing relief programs, broken down between $4 million in rental/utility assistance, $1 million for mortgage assistance and $1.5 million for rehousing initiatives. The county also $6.5 million for a non-profit and small business relief grant program. For more information, click here.

    San Mateo County, California

    CRF allocation: $133,761,077

    Plan Overview: San Mateo County approved $2 million of its CRF payment for its Child Care Relief Fund to provide grants of up to $25,000 to licensed child care centers and grants of up to $10,000 for family child care homes. The program will prioritize centers in low-income communities that serve vulnerable families and participate in County education programs. The county also invested a portion of its CRF payment towards its Great Plates Delivered program to provide three free meals a day to senior residents who are unable to get meals on their own. For more information, click here.

    Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $144,988,260

    Plan Overview: Montgomery County allocated $12 million in CRF dollars for its Montco CARES program to provide financial assistance to child care centers in the county impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) or for-profit entities with a license capacity of no more than 600 children. Grant amounts of up to $48,600 will be awarded based on the size of the center and funds can be used to cover unanticipated payroll expenses, PPE purchases as well as rent/mortgage and utility payments. For more information, click here.

    Santa Clara County, California

    CRF allocation: $158,099,959

    Plan Overview: Santa Clara County allocated a portion of its CRF payment towards supporting child care providers. Specifically, the county allocated more than $2.5 million for child care programs in the county in an effort to help child care programs remain in business and expand their hours of operation for up to 10 weeks. Additionally, these funds can be used by child care providers to purchase disinfectants, temperature monitors and other supplies to comply with social distancing regulations. For more information, click here.

    Snohomish County, Washington

    CRF allocation: $143,447,144

    Plan Overview: Snohomish County will provide $10 million in CARES funding for human and social services and housing. These services include housing homeless people and other vulnerable individuals during the crisis, providing rental assistance, establishing sanitation facilities and expanding resources available to survivors of domestic violence and those with behavioral health issues. For more information, click here.

    Prince George's County, Maryland

    CRF allocation: $158,670,549

    Plan Overview: Prince George’s County allocated $2 million of its CRF dollars towards a Child Care Provider Recovery Program. This initiative provides one-time grants of up to $20,000 for licensed childcare centers and up to $3,000 for registered family childcare homes to cover reopening expenses related to COVID-19. Funds can be used to purchase PPE, cover payroll expenses, supplies, rent and fixed debt payments. For more information, click here.

    Erie County, New York

    CRF allocation: $160,306,415

    Plan Overview: Erie County distributed up to $25 million of its CRF payment towards assistance for childcare and education initiatives. This funding includes up to $11 million for the creation of Virtual Learning Support Centers in partnership with local school districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) as well as $10 million to improve the county’s childcare subsidy. The county also allocated up to $4 million to directly support childcare providers by distributing funds to recuperate COVID-19 related loss revenues. For more information, click here.

    Sacramento County, California

    CRF allocation: $181,198,725

    Plan Overview: Sacramento County allocated a portion of its CRF allocation on social-net services for its homeless population. This included $1.2 million to cover the costs of PPE, medical equipment and ambulance services for COVID-19 homeless support and $35,000 to cover motels rooms for a portion of the county's homeless population. The county also appropriated some of its CRF payment for its Child Abuse Awareness program. For more information, click here.

    Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $212,190,475

    Plan Overview: Allegheny County allocated $53 million of its CRF funds for social programs targeting disadvantaged populations. The county also allocated $52 million for COVID-19 related medical services and $42 million for PPE, sanitization/disinfectant supplies and paid leave expenses. The remaining $60 million will be allocated to the Port Authority, Sports and Exhibition Authority and municipalities and fire departments. For more information, click here.

    Dallas County, Texas

    CRF allocation: $239,952,373

    Plan Overview: Dallas County allocated a portion of its CRF payment for an Emergency Childcare Assistance program to provide financial aid to childcare services providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible recipients are firms located within the county that “have experienced a loss of at 25% in incomes since March 1, 2020 because of the pandemic” and “provide services to children of essential workers”. For more information, click here.

    Orange County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $243,146,629

    Plan Overview: Orange County allocated $72.9 million (30%) of its CRF payment for “Social Services and Resident Needs”. This funding includes a $2.8 million allocation for the county’s Social-Service Nonprofit Fund program, which provides grants of up to $5,000 to eligible social-service/health and human services nonprofits. The county also allocated $36.5 million for Direct Assistance to Social-Service Agencies to work with partner nonprofits to provide services related to homelessness, mental health, substance abuse and childcare. The county also allocated $2.8 million for its Social-Service Nonprofit Fund program and $4.9 million for its Childcare Supplement Fund program. For more information, click here.

    Alameda County, California

    CRF allocation: $291,634,022

    Plan Overview: Alameda County approved up to $10 million in CRF dollars for its Pilot Stipend program, an economic resiliency program that provides financial assistance to county residents in self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. The program provides one-time grants of $1,250 in the form of VISA cash cards to about 7,500 residents who cannot work due to the need to self-isolate. For more information, click here.

    New Castle County, Delaware

    CRF allocation: $322,766,669

    Plan Overview: New Castle County has committed 21% of its CRF payment towards social safety-net services to help residents recover from the effects of COVID-19. This includes $10 million for a Health Equity grant program to provide funds for medical/public health organizations working to close the health disparity gaps in underserved communities. The county also allocated $4.25 million for its Distance Learning grant program to facilitate successful remote learning programs in the county. For more information, click here.

    Honolulu County, Hawaii

    CRF Allocation: $387,176,021

    Plan Overview: Honolulu County will allocate a portion of its CRF payment towards community services. This funding will be administered in the form of grants that will provide funding for shelters, homeless prevention, rapid re-housing and other support services. Additionally, another $4.9 million will be allocated towards the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to support efforts such as homeless prevention, food security, mobile testing, eviction prevention, acquisition for homeless clinic and financial hardship relief. The county will also allocate $8 million in CRF payments towards nutrition assistance and food delivery services for older adults. Other services include domestic violence, drug treatment, youth homelessness and mobile hygiene. For more information, click here.

    Food Assistance

    Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

    CRF allocation: $39,199,344

    Plan Overview: Mecklenburg County provided a portion of its CRF payment to local food banks and food pantries to assist food security initiatives. The funds allowed for the purchase of an additional 1.2 million pounds of food and 190,000 additional households to be served. Funds were also granted to three senior nutrition organizations to provide nearly 30,000 more hot meals to seniors in the county. For more information, click here (pg. 22-23).

    Collier County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $67,162,425 (Received initial disbursement of $16,790,607)

    Plan Overview: Collier County provided a portion of its CRF sub-allocation to local food banks and food pantries through a partnership with the Community Foundation of Collier County to combat food insecurity. Funds were distributed on a "first-come, first-qualified" basis and eligible organizations must have been physically located within the count.y Eligible uses for these funds include food procurement, storage expenses, sanitation/cleaning costs, staffing, marketing, technology and transportation. For more information, click here.

    Spokane County, Washington

    CRF allocation: $91,224,220

    Plan Overview: Spokane County has allocated a portion of its CRF payment to social safety-net services, including $4.4 million for a food assistance program. The county partnered with 2nd Harvest, a local non-profit focused on addressing food insecurity in Eastern Washington, to purchase food and food-related supplies to be distributed by approximately 100 partner agencies and 100 schools in the county. A portion of the funding will also cover the costs of off-site storage of food/supplies as well as other operational costs. For more information, click here.

    Dane County, Wisconsin

    CRF allocation: $95,394,061

    Plan Overview: Dane County allocated a portion of its CRF allocation towards nutrition assistance to assist Dane County food pantries procure food during the pandemic. A large portion of this funding was distributed to the Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin for the purchase of more meat, dairy and fresh produce. The county also purchased four refridgerated semi-trailers to bolster Second Harvest's storage capacity. For more information, click here.

    DeKalb County, Georgia

    CRF allocation: $125,341,475

    Plan Overview: DeKalb County allocated $3 million towards food insecurity programs in partnership with the Atlanta Food Bank and the Georgia Grown Growers Association. In late October, the county also held three drive-through food distribution events and distributed a 20-pound box of fruit and vegetables and a 10-pound package of chicken to 2,500 county residents. The county also allocated $792,000 for its Senior Assistance program to provide home-delivered meals to senior residents. For more information, click here (pg. 2-3).

    City and County of Denver, Colorado

    CRF allocation: $126,892,712

    Plan Overview: Denver allocated $2 million of its CRF allocation towards food assistance programs administered by food banks/pantries, city agencies, and Denver Public Schools. This funding was also intended to cover costs associated with sanitation/disinfection of food banks and food pantries. The county also created a $1.1 million Emergency Food Relief Fund to provide grants between $5,000 and $50,000 per nonprofit to provide groceries and prepared meals. For more information, click here. 

    Sacramento County, California

    CRF allocation: $181,198,725

    Plan Overview: Sacramento County allocated $6.9 million of its CRF payment for a “Meals for Seniors” Dine At Home Sacramento program administered in partnership with the Area 4 Agency of Aging. The program works with local restaurants to get meals to seniors in need of food who may not qualify for other food delivery programs.  For more information, click here.

    Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $212,190,475

    Plan Overview: Allegheny County allocated a portion of its CRF allocation towards a Food Relief Fund in partnership with United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania to provide meals to families impacted by the pandemic. These funds helped United Way conduct drive-through meal distribution events across the county to provide 57,000 Thanksgiving meals and food packs to local residents. For more information, click here.

    Dallas County, Texas

    CRF allocation: $239,952,373

    Plan Overview: Dallas county allocated CRF dollars for its Food Pantry Assistance program to provide one-time grants of up to $15,000 to county food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens and community cupboards impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible uses for these funds includes expenses related to food distribution, administrative costs, transportation, equipment and storage/refridgeration. Select organization were provided reimbursements through the program at $2 per pound of food distributed from March to September 2020. For more information, click here. 

    Orange County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $243,146,629

    Plan Overview: Orange County provided a portion of its CRF allocation to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to cover the costs of its food distribution efforts during the holiday season. Second Harvest Food Bank partners with 235 food pantries, soup kitchens, women's shelters, senior centers and daycare centers across the region. The funding is expected to provide 3 million additional meals at a cost of $2 each. For more information, click here. 

    New Castle County, Delaware

    CRF allocation: $322,766,669

    Plan Overview: New Castle County allocated some of its CRF allocation for a Food Distribution grant to help nonprofit organizations combat food insecurity in the county. The program provides grant dollars to non-profit groups, churches and grass-roots organizations that can be used to purchase food and other necessary supplies. Grant amounts will be determined based on how many individuals the organization serves. For more information, click here.

    Honolulu County, Hawaii

    CRF Allocation: $387,176,021

    Plan Overview: Honolulu county allocated $8 million in CRF dollars towards nutrition assistance and food delivery services for older adults. These services include a $3 million grant to the Hawaii Public Health Institute to tackle food insecurity, $1.5 million to provide home delivery meals for seniors and $1 million for food drives through the Hawaii Foodbank, Aloha Harvest, Malama Meals and the Salvation Army. For more information, click here (pg. 15-16).

    Hospitality/Tourism Development

    Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

    CRF allocation: $33,352,687

    Plan Overview: Lehigh County allocated a portion of its CRF sub-allocation to the Discover Lehigh Valley (DLV) tourism association to support tourism-related businesses in the county. The program provided one-time grants to for-profit or non-profit businesses in the tourism industry that were financially impacted by the pandemic and are physically located in the counties of Lehigh and Northampton. For more information, click here.

    Spokane County, Washington

    CRF allocation: $91,224,220

    Plan Overview: Spokane County allocated $10.8 million in CRF dollars for a Hospitality Relief Grant program to provide financial assistance to local hotels, food services establishments, and other organizations in the arts, entertainment and recreation industries. Eligible businesses can apply for a one-time grant of up to $20,000 that can be used to cover expenses related to reopening and compliance with public health measures. For more information, click here.

    DeKalb County, Georgia

    CRF allocation: $125,341,475

    Plan Overview: DeKalb County allocated a portion of its CRF payment for its CARES Arts and Cultural Relief Grant Fund Initiative. This program distributes one-time grants from $5,000 to $20,000 for artists who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible recipients are individuals or non-profit organizations working in an artistic discipline and are residents of the county. Funds can be used to cover general operating expenses or project-specific costs and cannot be used to create new projects. For more information, click here.

    Anchorage Borough, Alaska

    CRF allocation: $156,713,566

    Plan Overview: The Borough of Anchorage allocated a portion of its CRF sub-allocation towards its Hospitality and Tourism Small Business Stablization program. The program will distribute funds, through partnerships with industry non-profits, to hospitality-related businesses. Eligible firms are divided between three tiers: Tier A (bars), Tier B (restaurants/breweries/alcohol-based businesses) and Tier C (other least-impacted hospitality businesses). These funds can be used for rent/lease payments, payroll expenses, utilties, payments to vendors and other operating-related costs. As of October 30, 286 grants have been allocated. For more information, click here.

    Pierce County, Washington

    CRF allocation: $157,912,031

    Plan Overview: Pierce County has allocated $7.5 million for a Restaurant Rally program that will allows participating restaurants to offer a 30% discount on their prices and receive compensation for 50% of their gross sales. Eligible participants are full-service restaurants physically located in the county who are complying with the Safe Start Washington reopening plan. Restaurants were eligible to receive $5,000 to $90,000 for dine-in or take-out sales during the 12-day promotional period. For more information, click here. 

    Shelby County, Tennessee

    CRF allocation: $49,921,022

    Plan Overview: Shelby County allocated a portion of its CRF payment to provide financial assistance to county residents working in the hospitality and airline industries through the COVID-19 Resident Relief Fund program. This initiative provides three types of relief: a rent/mortgage assistance program to distribute up to $1,500 in direct payments to landlords and mortgage companies, a utility assistance program to distribute $500 in relief to eligible residents, and a food security program to provide $300 for food and essentials for residents. Qualifying occupations for eligible residents include, but are not limited to restaurant staff, cooks, hotel personnel, flight attendants, and entertainers. For more information, click here.

    Hillsborough County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $256,847,065

    Plan Overview: Hillsborough County allocated $21.5 million towards a Rapid Response Recovery program to provide skills training and workforce development services to job seekers in “high priority industries” such as transportation, hospitality, tourism and retail. These funds are divided between a Short-Term Occupational Skills Certification & Training program, On-the-job training, program management/administration and program preparation and launch. For more information, click here.

    Miami-Dade County, Florida

    CRF allocation: $474,085,078

    Plan Overview: Miami-Dade County established a $30 million Hospitaliy Industry Grant program to provide assistance to independently owned and operated restaurants and non-home-based caterers that faced business interruptions due to COVID-19. Grants will be determined by an "individual percentage" of incurred costs and can be used to cover PPE purchases, mortgage/rent payments, utilities, and other operational-related expenses. Grants are limited to two establishments per restaurant/catering organization and priority will be given to applicants with a single establishment. For more information, click here.

     

    Hazard Pay

    Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

    CRF allocation: $62,044,049

    Plan Overview: Milwaukee County allocated $700,000 of its CRF payment towards “pandemic premium/hazard pay” for its county employees. The county has also allocated a portion of its CRF dollars towards other payroll-related expenses, including $2.5 million for COVID-19 sick time and $550,000 for COVID-19 related work time. For more information, click here.

    Jackson County, Missouri

    CRF allocation: $122,669,998

    Plan Overview: Jackson County has considered a proposal to allocate $314,395 of its CRF payment to provide hazard pay for county employees in the corrections, public works, park and recreation, environmental health, Sheriff’s and Medical Examiner’s offices. The program would provide up to $900 ($1.88/hour) per impacted associate over the period of 03/14/2020 to 06/05/2020. For more information, click here.

    Cobb County, Georgia

    CRF allocation: $132,638,742

    Plan Overview: Cobb County has allocated a portion of its CRF funds towards a hazard pay program. Under the hazard pay proposal, employees identified as “essential personnel” will receive hazard pay of $500 per month from April 6th to June 12th, 2020. This date can be extended to coincide with GA’s State Public Health Emergency. The county has yet to announce any specific funding amount for the hazard pay program. For more information, click here.

    Cuyahoga County, Ohio

    CRF allocation: $215,510,540

    Plan Overview: Cuyahoga County used a portion of its CRF payment to approve hazard pay agreements with approximately 2,100 county employees in the Department of Public Works and the Sheriff’s Department. The structure and amount of hazard pay has yet to be publicly announced. The county also approved up to $30 million of its payment for “on-call emergency building modifications” for county buildings due to COVID-19. For more information, click here.

    New Castle County, Delaware

    CRF allocation: $322,766,669

    Plan Overview: New Castle County allocated a portion of its CRF allocation for a "hazard pay" system for government employees. This additional pay for performing COVID-19 related work was to be made available to public health/safety staff, health care/human services workers and other employees in related fields. The lack of pay structure, eligibility requirements and applicable timeframe for pay led county staff to recommned that the Council pass supplemental legislation to remedy these issues. For more information, click here.

    San Diego County, California

    CRF allocation: $334,061,822

    Plan Overview: The Board of Supervisors directed the County CAO to determine a three-tiered process by which CRF funds can be used to provide Hazard Pay to workers. The plan is intended to be in effect (retroactively) from March 19 to the end of the calendar year (December 31) or upon the Governor’s decision to lift the stay-at-home orders. The three tiers proposed are as follows:

    • Tier 1: 5 percent to County workers who are working directly with COVID-19 positive individuals and Persons Under Investigation (PUIs), including those who work with the deceased, as well as employees who work in locked facilities, residential care, and patient care settings.
    • Tier 2: 3 percent to County workers who are engaging the public and/or clients and could be interacting with COVID-19 positive individuals or PUIs).
    • Tier 3: 2 percent to County workers who are being required to report to work and are a risk of exposure due to interaction with coworkers.

    For more information on the hazard pay program, click here.

    Allocation to Smaller Municipalities

    Multnomah County, Oregon

    CRF allocation: $28,057,836

    Plan Overview: Multnomah County authorized $8 million in CRF dollars for a CARES Act Local Government Fund. The fund will make reimbursements available to municipalities to cover costs related to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. The remaining $20 million in CARES Act funding is budgeted in the FY 2021 Chair's Proposed Budget. For more information, click here.

    Shelby County, Tennessee

    CRF allocation: $49,921,022

    Plan Overview: Shelby County approved approximately $6 million in CRF dollars for sub-allocations to 6 municipalities within the county. These funds serve as reimbursements and are expected to cover acceptable COVID-19 related expenses under Treasury guidelines. The county also allocated CRF dollars for payroll expenses, additional health department positions and personal service businesses (e.g. beauty salons, barbershops, etc.). For more information, click here.

    Passaic County, New Jersey

    CRF allocation: $87,564,767

    Plan Overview: Passaic County announced that it will appropriate a portion of its CRF payment to its 16 municipalities, based on population, by way of a reimbursable grant, to offset eligible expenses in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders will appropriate the funds. For more information, click here (pg. 55-57).

    Adams County, Colorado

    CRF allocation: $90,285,974

    Plan Overview: Adams County adopted a new formula to distribute CRF funds to municipalities within the county’s boundaries that did not qualify for direct funding. The formula is a function of city/town population out of the 45 percent “pass down” of total county funds to units of local government. In total, the county allocated $32,912,583 million, or 45 percent of its total CRF funding to cities. For more information, click here.

    Plymouth County, Massachusetts

    CRF allocation: $90,945,730

    Plan Overview: Plymouth County has established a Phase I of its CARES program, which includes $22.74 million in sub-allocations for municipalities distributed based on population. The County intends to make these funds available to local governmental entities through a series of grant funding cycles. For more information, click here.

    Kane County, Illinois

    CRF allocation: $92,900,218

    Plan Overview: Kane County allocated $41.8 million (45%) of its CRF payment to municipalities and unincorporated jurisdictions within the county. The county distributed funds to communities at a rate of $78.50 per capita using 2010 Census data to determine population levels. Municipalities, townships and cities must apply for these funds in order to receive their sub-allocations and can provide portions of their funds to special districts. The county’s remaining funds will be used to provide small business and non-profit assistance and cover COVID-19 related expenses incurred by the county. For more information, click here.

    Union County, New Jersey

    CRF allocation: $97,077,214

    Plan Overview: Union County has authorized its County Manager to enter into CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds Grant subaward agreements with Union County municipalities. For more information, click here (pg. 6).

    Anne Arundel County, Maryland

    CRF allocation: $101,071,866

    Plan Overview: Anne Arundel County has finalized a grant agreement to provide the city of Annapolis with $4.25 million of the county’s $101 million CRF payment. The distribution was determined by population and the percentage of services provided to city residents by the county, such as health and education. For more information, click here.

    Fulton County, Georgia

    CRF allocation: $104,364,187

    Plan Overview: Fulton County established a “Municipal COVID-19 Relief Fund” to allocate up to $15 million in funding to municipalities located within Fulton County who did not directly receive Coronavirus Relief funding. Municipalities can apply to receive reimbursements from a grant fund of remaining CRF funds after accounting for all actual and planned eligible expenses of the county. The county also allocated $21 million to nonprofit organization to provide rent, mortgage and utilities assistance as well as homeless services. For more information, click here.

    Monmouth County, New Jersey

    CRF allocation: $107,974,955

    Plan Overview: Monmouth County established the Monmouth County Municipal Coronavirus Relief Fund Program to help administer funds to municipalities that did not receive direct CRF payments. The County Administrator will operate the new program and will enter into one or more agreements with any municipality that receives funds/reimbursements from Monmouth County. For more information, click here.

    Arapahoe County, Colorado

    CRF allocation: $114,569,892

    Plan Overview: Arapahoe County established a new Grant Fund to help allocate CRF payments to the 13 municipalities within the county’s boundaries that did not receive direct CRF allocations. Under the program, cities would receive 45 percent of Arapahoe County’s total CRF funds and allocations will be calculated by population. The Board of County Commissioners has also requested that a “set-aside” be established for additional, qualified needs for communities beyond their allocation, focusing on smaller communities, commuter and vulnerable populations. For the county’s intergovernmental agreement, click here. For more information, click here.

    Hudson County, New Jersey

    CRF allocation: $117,327,044

    Plan Overview: Hudson County approved the allocation of $17.2 million to 11 municipalities within the county. This funding is allocated to Hudson County municipalities based on population. For more information, click here (pg. 4-5).

    Will County, Illinois

    CRF allocation: $120,529,327

    Plan Overview: Will County allocated approximately $33 million of its CRF payment to reimburse local governmental entities for COVID-19 related expenses. This includes $41.25 per citizen for each city and village in the county, $35,000 per Fire District, $15,000 per Library District and $25,000 per Park District. The funding also includes $20 per student for county School District, totaling $2.6 million. For more information, click here.

    El Paso County, Colorado

    CRF allocation: $125,704,768

    Plan Overview: El Paso County authorized a $37.5 million sub-allocation of its CRF payment through an intergovernmental agreement between the County of El Paso and the City of Colorado Springs. El Paso County also plans to share an additional $3.8 million of its CRF payment with 7 other municipalities, divided up based on 2018 population levels. For more information, click here (pg. 6-22).

    Monroe County, New York

    CRF allocation: $129,433,145

    Plan Overview: Monroe County legislators authorized intermunicipal agreements with 30 municipalities/villages as well as local school and fire districts for reimbursements of COVID-19 related expenses. The county has also approved CRF funds to cover Hazard Pay costs for certain county employees. For more information, click here (pg. 6).

    Essex County, New Jersey

    CRF allocation: $139,414,976

    Plan Overview: Essex County allocated $30 million of its CRF payment in an agreement between the County and its 22 municipalities for reimbursements of COVID-19 related expenses. The county also allocated at least $10 million to the NJ Economic Development Authority for Phase 2 of its Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant program. For more information, click here.

    Douglas County, Nebraska

    CRF allocation: $166,134,258

    Plan Overview: Douglas County allocated a substantial portion of its CRF payment for reimbursements to municipalities and other governmental entities. This funding includes $30 million to the City of Omaha for COVID-19 related expenses and $3.7 million to the Omaha/Douglas Public Building Commission for COVID-19 related capital improvement projects. The county also allocated $20 million to the Omaha Community Foundation for non-profits, social services agencies and the arts, cultural and entertainment sectors as well as $5 million to the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. For more information, click here.

    St. Louis County, Missouri

    CRF allocation: $173,481,106

    Plan Overview: St. Louis County set aside $47 million of its CRF payment for its Municipal Relief Program to provide reimbursements to 88 incorporated municipalities within the county. The program allocates funding to municipalities on a per capita basis and can be used for public health and safety costs as well as other COVID-19 related expenses. The county also allocated millions in funding for public health and social safety-net services initiatives to communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic. For more information, click here.

    Cook County, Illinois

    CRF allocation: $428,597,905

    Plan Overview: Cook County allocated $51 million of its CRF payment towards its Suburban Municipality Funding program. Under the program, the county will distribute reimbursements to municipalities within the county to cover eligible expenses incurred due to COVID-19. The allocations were determined for each municipality based on its population as well as several socio-economic and public health factors. For more information, click here (p. 9-14).

    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.

    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.
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