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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 Purposesort descending Memo
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
10/30/2020 Office of Financial Management and Dept. of Enterprise Services $24,000,000 For computer devices to allow K-12 students to learn remotely. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to OFM and DES for K-12 computers
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
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
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
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
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
12/14/2020 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
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
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
09/08/2020 Health Care Authority $8,172,000 For state General Fund expenses incurred in response to the coronavirus pandemic in fiscal year 2020. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Health Care Authority
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
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
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
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 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 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
09/08/2020 Office of the Attorney General $1,180,000 For state General Fund expenses incurred in response to the coronavirus pandemic in fiscal year 2020. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Office of the Attorney General
09/08/2020 Joint Legislative Services Committee $883,000 For state General Fund expenses incurred in response to the coronavirus pandemic in FY 2020. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to Joint Legislative Services Committee
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
12/14/2020 Washington State Arts Commission $2 million For the Creative Districts program to help stabilize, recover, and preserve arts and culture organizations during the pandemic. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to the Washington State Arts Commission
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
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
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
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
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
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 University of Washington +$21,875,000 CRF (federal), -$21,875,000 DRA (state) For UW Medicine to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including managing an emergency operations center; procuring personal protective equipment, medical supplies and other equipment; disposing medical waste; cleaning and disinfecting state-owned facilities and equipment; disseminating information to the public; making temporary modifications to health care facilities; and developing triage, intake and testing facilities. CARES Act allocation and DRA reduction for University of Washington
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
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
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
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
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
08/21/2020 Office of the Governor $175,000 (CRF) + $225,000 (DRA-Fed) Reimbursement of expenditures associated with COVID-19 costs, including communication services, management of our state's health system response and other response resources and supports. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to the Office of the Governor

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