The resources on this page reflect the latest on implementation of the various COVID-19 relief efforts at the federal level. The programs and funding were included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), and most recently, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF)
$150 billion in direct aid specifically for COVID-19 related expenses to states (minimum of $1.25 billion), tribal governments, territories and local governments over the population of 500,000 people.
CARES ACT - Coronavirus Relief Fund: The Prime Recipient Perspective
In August 2020, GFOA dispersed a survey to all 50 states and the 171 eligible units of government that were prime recipients of the CRF to assess the effectiveness of the fund from the State and local government perspective. The survey received a response rate of nearly half of state and local prime recipients.
Latest COVID-19 Related Member Alert
On March 10, the House of Representatives approved the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan largely along party lines. The relief package provides funding in several areas such as state and local aid, education, rental assistance, and transit.
Coronavirus Relief Fund: Review of Federal Fiscal Assistance and of Innovative County Response Strategies
The National Academy of Public Administrators (NAPA), on behalf of the National Association of Counties (NACo) conducted an independent assessment of the CRF and the effectiveness of the federal funding in meeting the needs of the counties and in providing the controls warranted for federal funds. Through this study, NAPA has identified seven key areas in which policy changes could improve program effectiveness for future programs such as the CRF.
Public Sector Employers and COVID-19
Public sector employers have a number of considerations regarding the workforce and COVID-19. Both the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service are responsible for providing guidance and resources for employers as required under the various COVID-19 relief laws.