The federal government provided two major funding sources, FEMA and CARES, to municipalities to mitigate the public health crisis stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. ARPA continues the goal of decreasing the spread of COVID-19 and bringing the pandemic under control.
Eligible instances of public health responses to the COVID-19 emergency include:
Investment in capital expenditures, including property, facilities, and equipment, is allowable under this category for certain instances. Applicants must include written justifications for any expenditures over $1 million. This justification should include how the capital expenditure is “related and reasonably proportional to the pandemic impact identified and reasonably designed to benefit the impacted population or class.” Ineligible capital purchases include construction of correctional facilities as a response to increased rate of crime, construction of new congregate facilities to decrease spread of COVID-19 in facilities, and construction of convention centers, stadiums, or other large capital projects for general economic development aid to impacted industries.
Unless prior approval is given, the County will be awarding funds for this category of projects as reimbursements only. The application will require that the recipient provide supporting documentation (i.e., general ledger reports, invoices, etc.) for the expenditures incurred.