LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Cities, towns and counties across Arkansas are being encouraged to apply for a portion of $150 million set aside for reimbursement of COVID-19-related expenditures.
The money comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
The $150 million has been divided evenly with cities and towns receiving $75 million along with $75 million for counties.
The relief funds are a portion of the $1.25 billion the state received via the CARES Act earlier this year.
“As Arkansas communities and counties approach the end of 2020 and begin planning for 2021, we want to ensure local leaders are aware of the CARES funding available to them,” said Larry Walther, Department Secretary for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA), the department administering the local relief funds.
“From the smallest communities to the state’s largest cities, COVID-19 had a significant impact on local budgets.”
Expenditures that are eligible for reimbursement include those that are incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency that are not already accounted for in any recently approved state government budgets.
The expenditures must have been incurred from March 1, 2020 and no later than December 15, 2020.
Cities, town and counties may be reimbursed for the following COVID-19-related expenditures:
– Payroll for Public Health and Safety Employees
– Budgeted Personnel and Services Diverted to a Substantially Different Use
– Public Health Expenses
– Personal Protective Equipment
– Improve Telework Capabilities of Public Employees
– Other – not listed above
Cities, towns and counties must submit application for the funding by November 16, 2020 and expenditures for reimbursement no later than December 15, 2020.
“Resources are in place to effectively walk local leaders through this process,” said Paul Louthian, State Comptroller and DFA Deputy Director. “I encourage communities and counties to utilize these resources as soon as possible to identify the expenses for which they may be reimbursed.”
The applicant call center may be reached at 1-800-268-7907 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cities, towns and counties may submit applications for reimbursement here.
DFA’s website contains an informational page with details on the program.