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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 Recipientsort descending Amount Purpose Memo
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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 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
12/01/2020 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
12/14/2020 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
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
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
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
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
08/07/2020 Dept. of Corrections $3 million To assist with expenditures beyond appropriated levels for coronavirus response activities, including equipment and supplies, staff positions and overtime costs, and other coronavirus response resources and supports. Allocation of federal CARES Act funds to DOC for COVID-19 response activities
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
11/18/2020 Dept. of Enterprise Services +$360,000 CRF (federal), -$360,000 DRA (state) To translate COVID-19 documents into 37 languages for 40 state agencies. CARES Act allocation and DRA reduction for Dept of Enterprise Services
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
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

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