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Apply for Coronavirus Relief Funding – Round Five Now Open

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Apply now for expense reimbursements through the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF)! Round five opens today and we are urging ALL districts to apply, even if you have already hit your maximum. Do not miss this opportunity to receive expense reimbursements. The list of eligible expenses is so broad that we urge ALL districts to apply. Remember, you can submit for expenses dating back to March 1st and forward.

The maximum amount available to any single special district is $250,000. However, if you already applied for your maximum of $250,000, continue submitting additional expenses whenever you can. If the funds are not all allocated by November, districts that exceeded their maximum can receive additional funds.

Examples of expenses that SDAO members have been approved for:

  • Additional payroll covering the fire chief’s time for attending additional meetings related to COVID-19 response
  • Administrative assistant’s additional payroll related to additional COVID-19 tasks
  • Disinfecting equipment to maintain vehicles and station
  • Video conferencing equipment to facilitate public meetings
  • Telework equipment for staff
  • Security systems that allow a reception area to communicate with individuals outside prior to allowing them into the building (allows for COVID-19 screening) 
  • Cartridge style respirators to replace disposable N95 respirators

How to Apply
The State DAS Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) team has put together an online portal that serves as the mechanism for entities to request CRF. If you have not already, please register for an account on the CRF Grant Portal. Reimbursement requests cannot be submitted without an active registration. Please view the instructions on how to register.

Eligible expenses are those incurred from March 1, 2020 forward. The Department of Administrative Services understands that many of our district members have been hit hard by the recent wildfires. They will be as flexible as they possibly can, especially pertaining to the Coronavirus Relief Funding Grant Request Schedule and any needed extensions.

Coronavirus Relief Funding Grant Request Schedule; Round 5: October 12-23, 2020

Public Health Funds
Public health funds are not limited to public health agencies. All districts can apply for any of the dollars available under the public health category.

Reimbursement for Matching Grant Dollars
If your district has applied for FEMA Public Assistance grants, you can get reimbursed for the matching dollars. According to the US Treasury FAQ on CARES Act Funds:

Payments from the Fund may be used to meet the non-federal matching requirements for Stafford Act assistance to the extent such matching requirements entail COVID-19-related costs that otherwise satisfy the Fund’s eligibility criteria and the Stafford Act. Regardless of the use of Fund payments for such purposes, FEMA funding is still dependent on FEMA’s determination of eligibility under the Stafford Act.

Updated FAQ
The Department of Treasury Office of Inspector General (OIG) has updated their frequently asked questions document related to reporting and recordkeeping (specifically, questions 63 and 70-72). These relate to recordkeeping requirements for public health and public safety employees significantly dedicated to mitigating or responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Questions
Please contact Jason Jantzi, SDAO Risk Management Consultant, at jjantzi@sdao.com or 800-285-5461 with any questions.