News Flash Home
The original item was published from 6/25/2020 12:44:23 PM to 6/26/2021 12:00:07 AM.

News Flash

Federal Government

Posted on: June 25, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Feds Allow State & Counties Flexibility in CARES Act Aid

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury again updated its Coronavirus Relief Fund Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) web page. With this update, Treasury is again giving states and qualifying local governments greater flexibility in the use of Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) awards. The CRF, which was created in the federal CARES Act, provided grants to all 50 States, and to local units with populations of 500,000 or more.

 No New Jersey municipalities (and only our nine most populous counties) qualified for direct aid. However, previous guidance gave the states and local recipients the authority to share their awards with non-qualifying local units. Governor Murphy has proposed setting aside $250 million of the State’s share, for non-qualifying local units. This would be administered by the Division of Local Government Services, with priority given to the 12 counties that did not receive direct CRF funding.

The new federal guidance, among other changes, authorizes the use of the funds to meet the local match requirements for FEMA Stafford Act aid. CRF funds can also, now, be distributed to non-profits for distribution to individuals in need of financial assistance, such as rent relief.

(Regardless of how the assistance is structured, the financial assistance provided would have to be related to COVID-19.) And CRF funds can now be used for tourism promotion, as expenses incurred to publicize the resumption of activities and steps taken to ensure a safe experience may be needed due to the public health emergency.


Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Federal Government

FY2023 Federal Omnibus Budget Passed

Posted on: January 9, 2023

SHBP Update: No Relief In New Year

Posted on: December 30, 2022

Federal Budget Update

Posted on: December 23, 2022

Federal Budget Update

Posted on: December 19, 2022

Blog Post: Available Federal Grants

Posted on: September 27, 2022

President Signs CHIPS and Science Act

Posted on: August 12, 2022

Inflation Reduction Act Activity

Posted on: August 12, 2022

Ground Broken on Portal North Bridge

Posted on: August 8, 2022

Second Tranche of ARP SLRF Expected

Posted on: June 13, 2022

ARP & BIL Presentation

Posted on: May 13, 2022

Scam Targeting ARPA SLFRF NEUs

Posted on: April 13, 2022

Federal Budget Update

Posted on: March 14, 2022

NTIA Host Pre-Funding Webinar Series

Posted on: March 14, 2022

Federal Budget Update

Posted on: February 24, 2022