Emergency Relief and Cost Recovery Resources

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The COVID-19 pandemic has become a financial crisis for many of our communities. Local government managers are responding to the changing needs of their communities while preparing for the financial repercussions to their operations. ICMA has curated a list of available emergency relief and cost recovery resources for local governments to help them respond to COVID-19. 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes a wide range of stimulus initiatives, providing $2 trillion in funding for programming and funding aimed at addressing the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. For details on initiatives that are of particular interest to local governments and the communities they serve, download the CARES Act Fact Sheet from ICMA.

 
CARES, FAMILIES FIRST, & CORONAVIRUS PREPAREDNESS ACT SUMMARIES

CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF, AND ECONOMIC SECURITY (CARES) ACT

Employment Law Adjustments for COVID-19

Neil Reichenberg of IPMA-HR shares information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act for employers and employees across America.

The Persistent Threat of COVID -19: New Grant Opportunity and Guidance

Updated federal guidance on the CARES Act, disinfecting public spaces, and supply chain issues

Employment Law Adjustments for COVID-19

Neil Reichenberg of IPMA-HR shares information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act for employers and employees across America.

10 Tips for Organizing Effectively to Secure COVID-19 Resources

Matt Ward, CEO, Sustainable Strategies DC, details 10 ways your team can be in top form to access and put federal and state resources to good use.

Understanding the CARES Act and Other Recent Federal Legislation for Local Governments Webinar

This webcast, cosponsored by ICMA and Sustainable Strategies DC, addresses the resources for local governments and communities in the three federal response packages. Included is the accompanying slide deck and frequently asked questions

Impacts of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act on Missouri Cities

This webinar, accessed after providing your name and email, focuses on the aspects of new laws that directly impact Missouri and all U.S. cities, including emergency paid sick leave, expanded Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requirements, exclusions for emergency responders and health care providers, and essential funding provisions for local governments and municipalities in the CARES Act. This webinar is presented by James C. Hetlage and Julie Z. Devine of Lashly & Baer, P.C. in St. Louis, Missouri, and the Missouri Municipal League, and the slide deck can be found here. 

ICMA's CARES Act Local Government Highlights

Local governments gain access to additional disaster relief and a wide range of stimulus grant funding and loan programs.

NACo Analysis of the CARES Act

NACo's analysis highlights relevant components of the CARES Act for county governments, including a section-by-section breakdown outlining items of significance for county policy priorities.

FAMILY FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers

The Department of Labor issued guidance on the employment provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and provide a poster to distribute to your employees.

CORONAVIRUS PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT

Summary of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act

Key highlights of the bill and its $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

FEMA RELIEF & COST TRACKING

Preparing for a Natural Disaster During the Pandemic

As local governments continue COVID-19 recovery operations, new emergencies emerge--from flooding to hurricane season. Here are some resources to help you prepare.

Tracking and Managing Coronavirus Recovery Costs

These documents will help your local government track costs related to the coronavirus crisis or other federally declared disasters.

Local Governments Can Seek Coronavirus Relief from FEMA

FEMA clarified rules for local governments to recover costs for eligible emergency protective measures and this article includes a link to a FEMA fact sheet.

Tips for Recovering COVID-19 Costs

Here's a rundown of ICMA's Tools and Techniques for Managing COVID-19 Recovery Costs webinar.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Public Assistance Simplified Application

FEMA provides an overview of the public assistance application process for recipients and applicants requesting reimbursement related to federal emergency and major disaster declarations for COVID-19. 

PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY RESOURCES

FEMA DISASTER RELIEF FUNDS

FEMA is authorized to reimburse local governments for emergency protective measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible uses include the management, control, and reduction of immediate threats to public health and safety, emergency medical care and sheltering, and distribution of food, water, and other supplies.

Resources:

State Designated Public Assistance (PA) Representatives

Contact your state’s PA to receive direct guidance on procedures to secure reimbursement.

Tools and Techniques for Managing COVID-19 Recovery Costs

This ICMA Webinar gives guidance on FEMA reimbursement and specific information can be found on presentation slides 18-29.

CDC STATE & LOCAL PREPAREDNESS

The CDC was allocated $1.5 billion for state and local health preparedness under the HHS Crisis Cooperative Agreements. Eligible uses include funding for health departments to conduct surveillance, epidemiology, laboratory capacity, infection control, mitigation, communications, and other preparedness response activities.

Resources:

State Health Department

Contact your state health department to see how these resources are being used in your communities.  

NACCHO’s COVID-19 Resource Center

Find resources for local health departments on funding, advocacy, and more.

DOJ EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL BYRNE GRANTS FUNDING

States, territories, tribes, or units of local government eligible for funding under the FY 2019 State and Local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program are eligible to apply for supplemental funds. Eligible uses include funding for law enforcement overtime, equipment, hiring, training, and travel expenses associated with COVID-19.

Resources:

Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program Allocations

Determine if your community is eligible for a local direct award and for what amount. If eligible, submit an application by May 30, 2020.

COVID-19 Supplemental Funds for Law Enforcement

This ICMA article explains 2019 Byrne JAG recipients are likely eligible for awards that can cover overtime and supplies, among other expenses.

SOCIAL SERVICES, HOUSING, & DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES

HUD HOMELESS ASSISTANCE GRANTS

$4 billion was allocated for homeless assistance through the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) state and local government formula program and eliminates previous matching funds, planning, and procurement requirements. Eligible uses include emergency shelter operations, street outreach, expanded staffing, and other services to protect homeless and at-risk populations from COVID-19.

Resources:

Homelessness Programs Toolkit for State ESG Recipients

Apply for the first wave of funding under the regular ESG formula. The second wave of funding will distribute remaining funds based on a new HUD formula in development that accounts for state and local COVID-19 needs.

Office Hours: COVID-19 Planning and Response for Homeless Assistance Providers

Join the HUD Office Hours to receive guidance on how to apply for funding.

HUD HOUSING ASSISTANCE

$685 million was allocated to Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) to take necessary actions and maintain normal operations during COVID-19. Eligible uses include Section 8 tenant-based rental assistance, Section 8 administrative and other PHA expenses, adjustments to Section 8 renewal allocations, project-based rental assistance for owners or sponsors of Section 8 properties, and enhanced flexibility and broad discretion for waivers.

Resources:

Public Housing Agency and State Housing Financing Agency

Coordinate with your PHA and Housing Financing Agency to receive funding.

HUD COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANTS (CBDG)

$5 billion was allocated to CDBG in the CARES ACT for COVID-19 response. Revisions allow an expedited process to modify statement activities, reduced public notice and comment, virtual public meetings, and flexibility for eligible uses. Eligible uses include constructing or rehabilitating facilities, special economic development assistance, planning and capacity building, reimbursment for new or increased public service costs, and technical assistance funding for local governments.

Resources:

Local CPD Field Office Directors

Entitlement communities can contact their local CPD field office director for technical assistance to receiving funding. Non-entitlement communities apply to their state community development director.

Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CBDG-DR) COVID-19 FAQ

This provides information on CDBG-DR, Resilience (CDBG-NDR), and Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) grantees on flexibilities HUD is granting on timelines, eligible activities, and citizen participation as communities work to prevent and respond to the spread of COVID-19.

ECONOMIC & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, INFRASTRUCTURE, & SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE RESOURCES

EDA ECONOMIC ADJUSTMENT

$1.5 billion was allocated for EDA Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) for COVID-19 prevention and response, including for necessary expenses for responding to economic injury due to COVID-19. Eligible uses include creating or updating disaster recovery plans, construction projects, market or industry research studies, technical assistance and capacity-building, and capitalization and recapitalization of revolving loan funds (RLFs) to provide loans to small businesses.

Resources:

Regional Economic Development Representatives

Develop a project briefing sheet and reach out to your regional economic development representative to discuss projects and begin the application process.

FTA TRANSIT ASSISTANCE FUNDING

The FTA was appropriated $25 billion in Transit Assistance Funding in the CARES Act and will fund 100% of costs with no matching fund requirement. Eligible uses include supporting capital, operating, and other expenses to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.

Resources:

Guidelines for Transit Assistance Funding

The FTA released guidelines for the $25 billion fund.

Frequently Asked Questions from FTA Grantees Regarding COVID-19

These FAQs provide clarity regarding how COVID-19 preparations impact certain FTA requirements.

SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF & ASSISTANCE

Funding is available in forgivable SBA Paycheck Protection Program loans to small businesses to cover payroll, employee salaries, mortgage interest, and rent and utility payments associated with COVID-19 crisis. Eligible uses include paycheck protection, grants to small business development, women and minority business centers, and debt relief options for borrowers.

Resources:

Local Governments Help Small Businesses Reopen

Despite staffing shortages and budget cuts, cities, counties, and towns are working to get small businesses back on their feet.

Paycheck Protection Program

This SBA loan helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance

This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.

How Local Governments Are Working to Keep Small Business Alive

Federal relief funds have been committed but many small businesses do not have the cash flow to survive.

STATE & LOCAL STABILIZATION FUNDING

LIQUIDITY LOAN PROGRAM FOR MUNICIPALITIES

The CARES Act appropriated $454 billion to provide liquidity to eligible businesses, states, and municipalities related to losses as a result of COVID-19. The Federal Reserve has not yet released guidance or indication of the nature of program.

Resources:

Federal Reserve Board Expands Its Program to Support Municipal Money Markets

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is now making loans available to eligible financial institutions secured by certain high-quality assets purchased from single state and other tax-exempt municipal money market mutual funds.

STATE & CORONAVIRUS RELIEF FUNDS

A $139 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund has been created and state governments and local governments serving a population of at least 500,000 can apply for funds directly from the Treasury and should receive their funds the week of April 20, 2020. Local governments with a population under 500,000 must receive funds through their state. Eligible expenditures must be necessary and incurred due to COVID-10 public health emergency and not accounted for in the budget most recently approved.

Resources:

US Coronavirus Relief Funds: A Guide for State and Local Governments

Coordinate with your governor’s office to prepare for resources and consider drafting a letter to your governor explaining the need for resources in your community.

Treasury Releases CARES Act Guidance

New guidance describes eligible expenses and process to apply, including frequently asked questions and additional information for state and local government.

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