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 ascending Amount Purpose Memo
08/17/2020 Dept. of Commerce $3 million To create the Washington COVID-19 Food Production Paid Leave Program, which offers temporary financial protection to our state’s food production system by providing up to 80 hours of paid sick leave when an employee who works for an employer with 500 or more employees is quarantined and/or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Commerce to create COVID-19 Food Production Paid Leave Program
12/14/2020 Dept. of Commerce $8 million To provide assistance to a greater number of low-income households in Washington who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and cannot pay their energy bills. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Commerce
10/16/2020 Dept. of Commerce $3,000,000 To serve American Indian/Alaska Native individuals living in urban areas who have been excluded from federal Coronavirus Relief Funds provided to tribal governments. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Commerce
12/18/2020 Dept. of Commerce -$2 million ($3 million reduced to $1 million) To fund the Washington COVID-19 Food Production Paid Leave Program to offer temporary financial protection to our state’s food production system. Amended allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Commerce
12/18/2020 Dept. of Commerce -$10 million ($20 million reduced to $10 million) To augment prior funding to assist low-income renters experiencing hardship related to COVID-19 with up to three months of rental assistance. Amended allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Commerce
12/18/2020 Dept. of Commerce -$190,000 ($250,000 reduced to $60,000) For Consolidated Technology Services (WaTech) and Washington State University to install infrastructure hardware for drive-in WiFi locations at schools and libraries. Amended allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Commerce
12/18/2020 Dept. of Commerce -$14,000,000 ($422,900,000 reduced to $408,900,000) For funding COVID-19 assistance to local governments under interagency agreement #K3134. Amended allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Commerce
05/14/2020 Dept. of Commerce $297 million The purpose of this allocation is to provide assistance to local governments for eligible expenses under the CARES Act. (Listed above and not included in the $1.87 billion.) Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept of Commerce
12/23/2020 Dept. of Commerce $50 million For business assistance grants providing for expenses, including (but not limited to) rent, mortgage and utility assistance, and to help prevent permanent closure of businesses. The department will prioritize businesses owned by black, indigenous and people of color. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Commerce
11/18/2020 Dept. of Commerce +$5,000,000 CRF (federal), -$5,000,000 DRA (state) To continue the Working Washington Small Business Grant program. These grants of up to $10,000 are available to businesses that have up to 10 employees and have been in business for at least one year. CARES Act allocation and DRA reduction for Dept. of Commerce
11/18/2020 Dept. of Commerce +$250,000 CRF (federal), -$250,000 DRA (state) To install infrastructure hardware for drive-in WiFi locations at schools and libraries. CARES Act allocation and DRA reduction for Dept. of Commerce for drive-in WiFi locations
06/29/2020 Dept. of Commerce $163 million The purpose of this allocation is to support more than 11,000 households with foreclosure, credit counseling and legal assistance; to provide emergency operations grants to nonprofits across the state who are helping address inequity and disparities exacerbated by the COVID crisis; to assist low-income renters experiencing hardship related to COVID-19 for up to three months; and to provide business support grants to help small businesses navigate the immediate hurdles to reopening. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Commerce
09/08/2020 Dept. of Children, Youth, and Families $45,131,000 For Working Connections Child Care enrollment expenses incurred in response to the coronavirus pandemic in fiscal year 2020. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Children, Youth, and Families
05/20/2021 Dept. of Children, Youth, and Families -$31,548,000 The 2021 supplemental budget includes a reduction to the CRF allocation made on 9/21/2020 Revision of previous Sept. 21, 2020 allocation of funds to Dept. of Children, Youth, and Families
09/21/2020 Dept. of Children, Youth, and Families $78,090,000 For child care relief. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Children, Youth, and Families
10/26/2020 Dept. of Children, Youth, and Families N/A Extends allocation timeframe through Oct. 31, 2020 to provide support services to ECEAP families with an eligible three- or four-year-old. Amendment of previous June 29 allocation of funds to Dept. of Children, Youth and Families for ECEAP Summer Support Services.
06/29/2020 Dept. of Children, Youth and Families $61.4 million The purpose of this allocation is to provide one-time grants to licensed child care providers and Family, Friend and Neighbor providers for rent, utilities, personnel, food and supplies; to maintain Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program support services for July and August; and for the policy changes in the Working Connections Child Care program to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic: waiver of the parent co-pay, automatic reauthorization from part-day to full-day care for school-age children, and changes to reauthorization requirements. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to the Dept. of Children, Youth and Families
10/16/2020 Dept. of Children, Youth and Families -$4,500,000 (reduced from $45,131,000 to $40,631,000) For Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) enrollment expenses incurred and expenditures for supervised visitation, in-home child welfare services, and technology costs in response to the coronavirus pandemic in fiscal year 2020.. Amended allocation of federal CARES Act funds to the Dept. of Children, Youth and Families
12/21/2020 Dept. of Children, Youth and Families -$16,877,000 ($61,355,000 reduced to $44,478,000) To provide one-time grants to licensed child care providers and Family, Friend and Neighbor providers for rent, utilities, personnel, food and supplies; implement the policy changes in the Working Connections Child Care program to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic; and maintain Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program support services. Amended allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Children, Youth and Families
04/19/2021 Dept. of Agriculture -$43 million Due to the Presidential memorandum directing FEMA to reimburse 100% of eligible expenses, the state’s contribution is no longer required. Revision of previous allocation of Coronavirus Relief Funds to Dept. of Agriculture
06/29/2020 Dept. of Agriculture $15.2 million The purpose of this allocation is to increase the capacity of the state’s Emergency Food Assistance Program and to purchase food, PPE and supplies for distribution to non-profit food banks and food pantries. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds and Disaster Response Account to Dept. of Agriculture
10/16/2020 Dept. of Agriculture $9,425,000 For COVID-related food security, including to increase the capacity of the state’s Emergency Food Assistance Program and to purchase food, PPE and supplies for distribution to non-profit food banks and food pantries. Also to create a financial assistance program for small-scale meat processors to increase capacity and address labor shortages due to the pandemic. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Agriculture for COVID-related food security
09/08/2020 Dept. of Agriculture -$11,411,000 Rescinded for the reason it is more appropriate for the Dept. of Agricuture to apply for expedited FEMA-Public Assistance reimbursement from the Military Department. Rescinding DRA-Federal allocation to the Department of Agriculture
05/28/2020 Dept. of Agriculture $51 million The purpose of this allocation is to purchase food and food distribution supplies for food banks and other non-profit organizations. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Agriculture
10/20/2020 Central Washington University $312,000 For technology costs associated with shifting coursework, advising, tutoring, labs and other essential online student services. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Central Washington University for technology costs
08/21/2020 Central Washington University $335,598 Support continued operations, emergency support funds. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Central Washington University
06/29/2020 Administrative Office of the Courts $11,820,000 The purpose of this allocation is to assist trial courts with limited audio and video technology purchases, pay for costs related to access to Supreme Court and Court of Appeals oral arguments, and provide staff support for video capabilities; and to ensure that Washington courts can continue to meet their constitutional obligations by paying for unavoidable court administration costs directly associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to the Administrative Office of the Courts
11/04/2020 Administrative Office of the Courts $976,000 To establish and operate a pilot Eviction Resolution Program (ERP) in seven counties. The ERP will resolve disputes involving non-payment of rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Corrects allocation letter dated 11/2/20 that had incorrect amount. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Administrative Office of the Courts
12/23/2020 Administrative Office of the Courts $1.5 million For trial court COVID-19 expenses, including court staff, judges pro tempore, jury selection, court technology and protective personal equipment. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Administrative Office of the Courts
11/02/2020 Office of Public Defense $1,500,000 To reimburse public defense attorneys and contractors for COVID-19-related expenses. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Office of Public Defense

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