GFOA Resource Center for Coronavirus Response

Federal COVID-19 Response Information & resources

COVID-19 FAQ & Response Policies

Economic Stabilzation Fund

  • $454 billion that permits the US Treasury to "purchase obligations {of States, local governments, instrumentalities and political subdivisions of them} or other interests in secondary markets or otherwise" thus permitting the Federal Reserve to participate as an institutional investor in securities that mature in greater than 6 months. This fund also provides loans and loan guarantees to small businesses. GFOA is still awaiting further guidance to be released regarding implementation and will update with links as they become available.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

  • The CARES Act included a deferral of deposits and payments of the employer's share of social security tax that would otherwise be required to be made during the period beginning on March 27, 2020, and ending December 31, 2020. The link below is for a recently published FAQ on the deferral provision.

COVID-19 Relief Fund (state stabilization fund)

  • COVID-19 Relief Fund Guidance

  • $150 billion in direct aid specifically for COVID-19 related expenses to states, tribal governments, territories and local governments over the population of 500,000 people.

  • Allocated through population based formula.

  • States receive minimum of $1.25 billion

  • Local governments with populations below 500K go through states

  • What qualifies:All costs incurred that were necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency resulting from the pandemic, the expenditures were now accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of the date of enactment, and the expenses were incurred from March 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020.

  • Information resources will be added as they become available.


Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  • $1.5 billion for the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) State and Local Preparedness Grants for state and local preparedness and response activities.

      • Funds provided under this can be used for grants for the rent, lease, purchase, acquisition, construction, alteration, or renovation of non-federally owned facilities to improve preparedness and response capability at the state and local level.

  • $1 billion for the Community Services Block Grant Program for grants to states and local community-based organizations to provide a wide range of human, social services and emergency assistance.


  • $45 billion through the disaster relief fund for state and local governments.


Federal Transit Administration

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

  • $.5 billion 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 Justice (DOJ)

  • $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.

Department of Education

  • 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


Department of Labor

The FFRCA included two employment provisions to expand eligibility for Family and Medical Leave Act leave and make emergency paid sick leave available to some workers. The provisions are in effect until Dec. 31, 2020.


For the latest headlines and a timeline of news alerts as the pandemic developed, click the following link COVID-19 News Updates


GFOA & Other Organization Response Policies

GFOA 2020 Annual Conference Update on the Coronavirus - click here

GFOA Survey Respondents Project Over $23 Billion in Revenue Loss Due to Coronavirus - click here

New Fiscal First Aid Research Report - click here

GFOA Debt Committee Guidance: COVID-19 Debt Service & Disclosures

Letter to the Federal Reserve: GFOA Comments on Municipal Liquidity Facility


Advocacy Letters



Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there any funding to support transportation services and operations?

  • Is there funding to assist state and local law enforcement and jails to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19?

    • The Department of Justice had made funding for state and local law enforement through the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF). Click the link below for more information.
    • FY20 CESF Allocations by State
  • Does my jurisdiction have access to Disaster Relief Funding?

    • Disaster Relief Funding is administered by FEMA through Public Assistance Grants.  Upon completion of FEMA's general application process, jurisdiction's should contact their regional FEMA offices or state emergency services agency.


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