Elbert County to receive $2.5 million in CARES Act Funding

Elbert County to receive $2.5 million in CARES Act Funding
Money will be used for expenses relating to COVID-19 during 2020

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress with overwhelming, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020. This over $2 trillion economic relief package delivers on the Trump Administration’s commitment to protect the American people from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19.

The CARES Act established the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund, which will provide payments to state, local, and tribal governments navigating the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. Elbert County, which expects to receive about $2.3 million in CARES Act funds, may only used those funds to cover expenses that fit the following criteria:
1. Are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency;
2. Were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved; and
3. Were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 30, 2020.

Quantities paid to states and eligible local government entities are based on population as measured by the most recent U.S. Census (2010).

County staff and elected officials are still finalizing a list of eligible uses for the CARES Act funding, but preliminary discussions indicate that the projects will include the following:
• Technology upgrades to enable and improve the conduct of County business electronically;
• Provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to vulnerable populations in the County;
• Direct grants to local businesses and nonprofits; and
• Increased sanitation in County facilities.

We anticipate more discussions and financial decisions in the coming weeks, and months, so stay tuned!