CARES Act allocations

This is a list of federal funds allocated by OFM from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act between 2020 and 2021.

Funds from other federal legislation, like the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, are not included here as they were appropriated directly by the state Legislature. 

Date Recipientsort descending Amount Purpose Memo
08/27/2021 Dept. of Health N/A The original purpose of the allocation was to pay for disaster response activities that included required staffing, increased travel, equipment, and grants to local health jurisdictions and tribes. The allocation is amended so that it may also be used to manage hospital capacity issues that have arisen due to the pandemic. Revision of 6/29/2020 allocation of Coronavirus Relief Funds to Dept. of Health
12/14/2020 Dept. of Health $50 million For case investigation and contact tracing activities. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Health
08/19/2020 Dept. of Health $10,211,000 To assist with expenditures beyond appropriated levels for coronavirus response activities related to contact tracing efforts for local health jurisdictions. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Health for contact tracing by local health jurisdictions
08/19/2020 Dept. of Health $62,777,000 To assist with expenditures beyond appropriated levels for coronavirus response activities related to testing and contact tracing efforts. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Health for testing and contact tracing
11/02/2020 Dept. of Health $3,000,000 To fund the ongoing media campaign related to prevention of the spread of COVID-19. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Health for COVID-19 media campaign
11/17/2020 Dept. of Health $4,762,500 To aid the Tacoma/Pierce County local health jurisdiction with eligible expenses. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Health for Tacoma-Pierce County local health jurisdictions
11/18/2020 Dept. of Health +$35,600,000 CRF (federal), -$35,600,000 DRA (state) To pay for costs associated with the state and local government response to the coronavirus outbreak. CARES Act allocation and DRA reduction for Dept. of Health
12/23/2020 Dept. of Health $4 million For a behavioral health information campaign to address the sustained and lasting impacts to the emotional and mental health of Washingtonians that are a result of living through an extended disaster. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Health
01/20/2021 Dept. of Health -$50 million Because the allocation is not needed to accomplish this purpose, it is rescinded. Rescinding Dec. 14, 2020 allocation to Dept. of Health for case investigation and contact tracing
09/08/2020 Dept. of Health $57,392,000 For state General Fund expenses incurred in response to the coronavirus pandemic in fiscal year 2020. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Health
08/31/2020 Dept. of Health (for local health jurisdictions) $62.15 million To provide assistance to local health jurisdictions for eligible expenses under the CARES Act. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Health for local health jurisdictions
09/08/2020 Dept. of Natural Resources $1,126,000 For state General Fund expenses incurred in response to the coronavirus pandemic in fiscal year 2020. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Natural Resources
09/08/2020 Dept. of Revenue $1,828,000 For state General Fund expenses incurred in response to the coronavirus pandemic in fiscal year 2020. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Revenue
11/18/2020 Dept. of Social and Health Services +$13,900,000 CRF (federal), -$13,900,000 DRA (state) TANF extension and sanction reduction, Disaster Cash Assistance Program, Food Assistance Program. CARES Act allocation and DRA reduction for Dept. of Social and Health Services
04/19/2021 Dept. of Social and Health Services -$423,648,000 Due to 100% FEMA reimbursement and other reasons. Revision of previous allocations of Coronavirus Relief Funds to Dept. of Social and Health Services
11/20/2020 Dept. of Social and Health Services N/A Revises the previous allocation to include up to $1M of the original allocation for N95 mask fit testing. Amendment of previous Oct. 27 allocation of funds to Dept. of Social and Health Services
08/07/2020 Dept. of Social and Health Services $10 million To continue funding the Disaster Cash Assistance Program to support individuals who face an emergency and do not have the money to meet their basic needs. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to DSHS for Disaster Cash Assistance Program
08/17/2020 Dept. of Social and Health Services $40 million To create the COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund, in order to assist Washington residents who are unable to access federal stimulus programs due to their immigration status. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to DSHS to create COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund
12/14/2020 Dept. of Social and Health Services $3.48 million For nursing home transition, long-term care staffing, and personal protective equipment (PPE) fit testing for individual providers. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Social and Health Services
10/27/2020 Dept. of Social and Health Services $247,017,000 To increase rates associated with residential and in-home providers between July – Dec. 2020. Also for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) caseload impacts, and required match for the Food Assistance Program (FAP) to mirror the maximum Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit amount per a federal waiver. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Social and Health Services
Dept. of Social and Health Services -$18,429,000 ($222,143,000 reduced to $204,714,000) To pay for state general fund expenses incurred in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, provider rates for the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration and Developmental Disabilities Administration, and coronavirus response activities in the Economic Services Administration. Amended allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Social and Health Services
10/30/2020 Dept. of Social and Health Services $13,200,000 For increased testing in nursing homes per guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which requires testing of all staff and residents every 3-7 days until no new cases are found for 14 days. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Social and Health Services for nursing home testing costs
12/18/2020 Dept. of Social and Health Services -$10,971,000 ($15,271,000 reduced to $4,300,000) To pay for nursing home beds to isolate residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Amended allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Social and Health Services
11/05/2020 Dept. of Social and Health Services N/A In addition to the purpose in the original allocation, approval for up to $1M for purchase of N95 masks for adult family home providers. Amendment of previous Oct. 27 allocation of funds to Dept. of Social and Health Services
11/06/2020 Dept. of Social and Health Services N/A In addition to increased rates for residential and in-home providers, the purpose of the Oct. 27 allocation now includes the purchase and storage of personal protective equipment through Dec. 30, 2020. Correcting purpose of Oct. 27 allocation to DSHS
12/18/2020 Dept. of Social and Health Services -$18,429,000 ($222,143,000 reduced to $204,714,000) To pay for state general fund expenses incurred in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, provider rates for the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration and Developmental Disabilities Administration, and coronavirus response activities in the Economic Services Administration. Amended allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Social and Health Services
12/23/2020 Dept. of Social and Health Services $600,000 To transition 150 Medicaid clients out of acute care hospitals into appropriate nursing home settings. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Social and Health Services
12/23/2020 Dept. of Social and Health Services $22.6 million For the Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund, which provides grants to residents who have experienced hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are ineligible for federal stimulus payments and/or unemployment insurance because of their immigration status. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Social and Health Services
09/08/2020 Dept. of Social and Health Services $223,143,000 For state General Fund expenses incurred in response to the coronavirus pandemic in fiscal year 2020 and for March to June 2020 Aging and Long-Term Support Administration and Development Disability Administration provider rates, and to the Economic Services Administration for coronavirus response activities. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Social and Health Services
05/20/2020 Dept. of Social and Health Services $15.27 million The purpose of this allocation is to pay for nursing home beds to isolate residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Social and Health Services
11/18/2020 Dept. of Social and Health Services +$19,500,000 CRF (federal), -$19,500,000 DRA (state) To pay for costs associated with moving patients from hospitals to long-term care settings and purchasing a long-term care facility. CARES Act allocation and DRA reduction for Dept. of Social and Health Services for long-term care costs
08/21/2020 Eastern Washington University $2,596,703 Support continued operations, and emergency support funds. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Eastern Washington University
12/14/2020 Employment Security Department $54.63 million For unemployment insurance benefits for individuals receiving benefits through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program that expires on December 26, 2020. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Employment Security Department
11/18/2020 Employment Security Dept. $25,000,000 To the COVID-19 Unemployment Account. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Employment Security Department for administrative expenses associated with LWA program
04/19/2021 Employment Security Dept. -$7,643,188 Funds not needed to accomplish the stated purpose. Revision of previous allocation of Coronavirus Relief Funds to Employment Security Dept.
09/18/2020 Employment Security Dept. $2,811,926 For the state’s share of the administrative expenses associated with the federal Lost Wages Assistance program. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Employment Security Department
10/06/2020 Employment Security Dept. $209,713 For the state’s share of the administrative expenses associated with the federal Lost Wages Assistance program for the sixth week of benefits (Aug. 30 – Sept. 5) Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Employment Security Department
08/21/2020 Evergreen State College $1,119,809 Support continued operations, and emergency support funds. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to the Evergreen State College
12/14/2020 Health Care Authority $40.9 million For hospital and pediatrician assistance and nursing home transition. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to the Health Care Authority
12/23/2020 Health Care Authority $13.4 million For providers with an emphasis on those who treat Medicaid and state-only populations, including: opioid outpatient providers, evaluation and treatment centers and residential treatment facilities, community mental health centers and other licensed behavioral health therapy providers, primary care provides, including internal medicine and family practice providers, and dentists and dental care providers. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Health Care Authority

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