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Federal funds distributed for COVID-19 outbreak response

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, appropriated approximately $2.95 billion to state and local governments in Washington state to help fund the response to the COVID-19 outbreak. These funds include:

List of CARES Act allocations

Date Recipient Amount Purpose Memosort descending
08/21/2020 Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction $8.1 million For competitive grants to community-based organizations (CBOs) to support student learning in partnership with school districts. Allocation of federal CARES Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund funds
08/05/2020 Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction $8.8 million Internet access contracts and connectivity needs. Allocation of federal CARES Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund funds to school districts and OSPI
06/30/2020 Office of Financial Management $39,775,000 (CRF) + $225,000 (DRA-Fed) The purpose of these allocations is to assist state agencies in closing out the 2020 fiscal year by covering the cost of their COVID-19 response activities and to expand the Disaster Cash Assistance Program for individuals who face an emergency and do not have the money to meet their basic needs. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds and Disaster Response Account funds to the Office of Financial Management
06/29/2020 University of Washington $25.8 million The purpose of this allocation is to pay for testing expenditures, including test development, triage and testing sites, and public health partnerships for contact tracing; pay for COVID-related cleaning services; to pay for increased training for epidemiology students to support local virus response; increased PPE; capital upgrades to improve patient safety; required field learning for nursing, dental, and social work students; and virtual training costs for dental and medical students; and to pay for increased training for epidemiology students to support local virus response; increased PPE; capital upgrades to improve patient safety; required field learning for nursing, dental, and social work students; and virtual training costs for dental and medical students. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds and Disaster Response Account funds to the University of Washington
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
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
08/21/2020 Central Washington University $335,598 Support continued operations, emergency support funds. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Central Washington University
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
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
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
10/16/2020 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 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
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
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
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 Commerce $564,000 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 Commerce
11/30/2020 Dept. of Commerce $85,000,000 For the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, residential rent assistance, business assistance grants, and Washington State Recovery Fund Loans for Businesses. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Commerce
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
12/01/2020 Dept. of Commerce $50 million For business and nonprofit organization assistance with rent, mortgage, utilities, and other business expenses; historically disadvantaged small business owners; and small business resiliency technical assistance contractors. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Commerce for business and nonprofit assistance
08/31/2020 Dept. of Commerce (for local governments) $125.9 million To provide assistance to local governments for eligible expenses under the CARES Act. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Dept. of Commerce for local governments
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
09/08/2020 Dept. of Corrections $17,216,000 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 Corrections
09/08/2020 Dept. of Ecology $1,134,000 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 Ecology
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
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
06/29/2020 Dept. of Health $45 million The purpose of this allocation is to pay for disaster response activities including required staffing, increased travel, equipment, and grants to local health jurisdictions and tribes; and to fund testing and contact tracing activities in the state, beginning in Yakima. Allocation of federal CARES Act 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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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