The resources below reflect the latest guidance and materials on the recently enacted laws passed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The programs and funding were included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Given the fluid nature in the release of guidance and implementation of the various programs, this page will be updated frequently as we strive to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information.
- $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.
- Allocated through population based formula.
- Local governments with populations below 500K go through states
- Congressional Research Service Report: COVID-19 Aid State and Local Allocations
- GFOA Member Alert: Coronavirus Relief Fund
- Coronavirus Relief Fund FAQ (5.28.2020 Update)
- The Federal Reserve will purchase up to $500 billion of short term notes directly from U.S. states, counties and cities.
- Counties must have a population of at least 500K & cities must have a population of at least 250K.
- Congressional Research Service Report
- Updated MLF Term Sheet (May 11 2020)
- Updated MLF FAQ
- MLF Notice of Interest
- MLF Pricing Appendix
Internal Revenue Service & Workforce
- The FFCRA included two employment provisions to expand eligibility for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave and to make emergency paid sick leave available to more workers. Both expansions would be in effect until Dec. 31, 2020. Under the law, public and private sector employers are not required to pay FICA taxes on the paid leave wages under both emergency provisions (see JCT explanation link below), although employers must still withhold the employee share of FICA taxes. Further, public sector employers are prohibited from being eligible for the payroll tax credit made available to private sector employers included in the FFCRA. Private sector employers would be able to use the credits against their portion of the tax paid for all other wages paid to all employees.
- DOL Unemployment Insurance Program Letter: State Reporting Guidance
- $1.5 billion for the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) State and Local Preparedness Grants for state and local preparedness and response activities.
- Covers: rent, lease, purchase, acquisition, construction, alteration, or renocation of non-federally owned facilities to improve response & preparedness.
- $100 billion for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund for necessary expenses to reimburse eligible health care providers for health care related expenses or lost revenues attributable to COVID-19.
- CDC Guidance: Community Intervention Implementation Plan
- $25 billion allocated in proportion to FY2020 program apportionments. All COVID-19 related operating and capital costs are eligible. Expressed goal of keeping transit systems running
- Funds allocated using formula based on Census data
- FTA Emergency Relief Docket
Federal Aviation Administration
- $9.9 billion in total available to commercial airports through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).$9.4 billion for airports to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19
- $500 million to raise federal funding share to 100% for projects funded with FY20 AIP funding
- $100 million for 100% funding for general aviation airports
Department of Education
- Education Stabilization Fund
- Consists of $30.750 billion to be distributed among States, local schools, higher education institutes and other entities providing educational services that were impacted by the COVID-19
- $3 billion for the Governors Emergency Education Relief Fund
- $13 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund
- $14 billion Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
- $850 million for the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) grant program to assist state and local law enforcement and jails prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.
- Byrne Justice Assistance grant recipients in FY19 are automatically eligible