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COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR COUNTY LEADERS

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Coronavirus Relief Fund: Preliminary Projected County-by-County Allocation

Counties and cities can now apply for their portion of $300 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds for eligible expenses related to COVID-19.

Governor Andy Beshear has allocated $300 million from Kentucky’s share of the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to assist counties and cities in response to COVID-19. Of that, $50 million will be held back from the full allocation for future expenses, while $250 million will be made available immediately for eligible expenses.

See preliminary projected county-by-county allocations HERE.

These funds will be administered by the Department for Local Government (DLG). To apply, counties must complete an application with expense documentation, which is available on DLG’s website HERE.

The U.S. Department of Treasury has provided guidelines for eligible expenses, including a list of permissible expense categories. All expenses must meet the following conditions:
- Expenses incurred from March 1 - December 30, 2020;
- Costs are necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency; and
- Expenses were not accounted for in your FY2020 budget.

View the U.S. Department of Treasury’s guidance HERE and a FAQ HERE. Counties can submit questions to DLG at DLG.CRF@ky.gov or call (502) 573-2382. We advise that counties consult DLG to determine if an expense is eligible for reimbursement.

As part of the application process, DLG requires that the Fiscal Court pass an Authorizing Resolution. A suggested resolution can be found on the DLG website HERE. We understand that passing this resolution for a county's initial application should be sufficient for future requests from the county in this round.

Note that Congress is currently considering legislation that could expand how counties can use these funds, including for the replacement of lost revenues. KACo will continue to work with DLG to further develop guidance and to monitor changes in federal policy that may impact how counties can use these funds.