Local resources for governments during the COVID-19 outbreak
Cities and counties are the places we live and the governments closest to the people. They are taking extraordinary measures to protect their residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. This web page supports those efforts by providing information about federal and state funds as they become available to communities.
Commerce is now in the process of contracting with local governments to receive several funding opportunities through the state’s allocation of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) funds: the Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) for Local Governments; and the Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus Funds (CDBG-CV).
Moving these critical dollars is a priority so communities can cover critical expenses arising from the COVID-19 emergency.
Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) for Local Governments
In May, Governor Inslee announced that the state would award $300 million of the state’s CARES funding to local governments that did not receive direct distributions under the CARES Act. On August 31st the Governor announced an increase of $125 million awarded to local governments for a total of $420 million.
CRF funding may be used to reimburse local governments in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency during the period of March 1, 2020 thru Oct. 31, 2020. Reimbursements may include expenditures incurred to allow the local government to respond directly to the emergency, such as by addressing medical or public health needs, as well as expenditures in response to second-order effects of the emergency, such as economic support to those suffering from employment or business interruptions due to COVID-19-related business closures.
Funds will be provided to cities and counties with populations under 500,000 that were ineligible to receive direct funding under the CARES Act. Cities and counties below 500,000-population will receive a per capita distribution. Counties will receive a minimum distribution of $300,000 and $30,000 for cities and towns. The specific distribution allocations were determined by the Office of Financial Management (OFM). For a complete list of recipients and eligibility criteria please visit the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund page.
Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus Funds (CDBG-CV)
The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) has allocated supplemental Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the state Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program at Commerce. The CDBG-CV funding will be provided to Commerce in up to three separate funding rounds. For additional information on the separate funding rounds please visit the state’s CDBG-CV Funds page
Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus (CDBG-CV1)
The state’s CDBG-CV1 allocation is $7.7 million. Funds will be granted to CDBG non-entitlement city and county governments to fund local public services and microenterprise assistance programs; public health, emergency response, or temporary housing facilities that address COVID-19 impacts; and grant administration. All CDBG funded activities must benefit low- and moderate-income persons or meet the CDBG urgent need national objective criteria.
Funds are available to cities with less than 50,000 population and not part of a CDBG entitlement urban county CDBG program; and counties with less than 200,000 in population excluding entitlement cities through a ZoomGrants online application process. For funding distribution information and application guidance materials please visit the state’s CDBG-CV Funds page.
Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus (CDBG-CV2)
On May 11, 2020, HUD announced a second round of Coronavirus funding. The state’s CDBG-CV2 allocation is $23 million. These awards are targeted to vulnerable communities. Additional details will be added as further guidance is provided by HUD.
Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus (CDBG-CV3)
The third CARES Act allocation is to be distributed by HUD to states and units of local government on a rolling basis, at the discretion of the HUD Secretary, with formula factors to be defined by HUD. It is uncertain whether the state of Washington will receive a portion of this allocation.