Round 3 grant awards:


(Lawrence County Commission, Sept. 10, 2020) Lawrence County Commission is reviewing applications in the third round of Coronavirus Relief Fund distributions. The deadline was Sept. 4, 2020. Recipients thus far include: Aurora Rural Fire, Avilla Fire Protection District, Community Diaper Pantry, Freistatt Fire, Freistatt Lions Club, Halltown Volunteer Fire Dept., Marionville AppleFest, City of Marionville, Marionville Fire, Marionville R-9 School District, Miller Fire Protection District, Miller R-2 School District, Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce, Community Betterment Council and Community Garden, Mt. Vernon Fire Protection District, Mt. Vernon R-5 School District, Pierce City Fire Protection District and Stotts City Fire. Emergency Services for Children was added to Round 2 recipients. Additional awards will be announced when reviewing is complete.

Recipients in all three rounds of the CARES grant are reminded

that they must provide complete documentation, including copies

of cancelled checks and paid invoices, as soon as they are available.

Most of Lawrence County's CARES money now has been allocated through grants, direct spending on public health, public safety and other determined needs, and funds set aside for upcoming needs and unanticipated needs in the final three and a half eligible months of the year. Commissioners will be determining later whether there will be more of the targeted grants as needs are identified and/or another round of general grants.

Round 2 grant awards:


(Lawrence County Commission, Aug. 10, 2020) Coronavirus Relief Funds will be helping Lawrence County schools navigate the precarious waters of the pandemic as they launch the new school year.

Lawrence County Commission was able to fully fund all the grant requests that met qualifications in the second round of Coronavirus Relief Fund grants. Those awards total nearly $1.3 million, the bulk of which will go for schools’ health and safety needs and technology for distance learning.

School districts asked for things like body temperature scanners and masks; Chrome books,  Internet hot spots and other technology to equip students and staff for distance learning.

The remainder is going for health and safety needs of other applicants, particularly the Lawrence County Nursing Home District.

Round 2 recipients are Aurora, Marionville, Miller, Mt. Vernon and Pierce City school districts; Trinity Lutheran School; Lawrence County Nursing Home District; Village of Freistatt; the City of Marionville Fire Department, Aurora Rural Fire District; Children’s Smile Center in Aurora; and Emergency Services for Children.


Both Round 1 and 2 were open to nonprofits; school districts, municipalities and other public entities. Churches were added in Round 2, but none applied. Both rounds have been for reimbursement of costs spent responding to the crisis. The second round included advance approval for upcoming projects.

Lawrence County received just under $4.5 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds. The federal government limits its uses to costs related to the pandemic response for the period March 1-Dec. 30. Lawrence County’s share will be going primarily to public health, public safety and education.

The county has allocated more than half of those funds through two grant cycles and direct spending for public health, public safety and other needs. It is trying to predict now how much to set back for whatever the county might face in the remaining five months of the year.

Details of any future grant opportunities will be announced in media and posted at Questions can be directed to the county commission at 466-3666.

Round 1 grant awards:

(Lawrence County Commission, July 16, 2020) Lawrence County Commission has awarded nine applicants a total of $140,000 in Phase 1 reimbursements for immediate costs related to the Coronavirus pandemic. It is now launching Phase 2, which is a combination of reimbursements and advance approvals for eligible costs from nonprofits, churches and public entities. To date, the county has also expended $61,000 for public health and other related Coronavirus costs incurred by the county.

The money comes from a $4.49 million allocation from the federal government for immediate, necessary costs associated with the outbreak. Federal guidelines dictate how the money can be spent.

Besides public health, most of the initial spending has been for Lawrence County schools as they work to educate and provide meals to students during the closings, and to develop a safer environment for the return to classes.

Applications that were funded came from Aurora, Marionville, Miller, Mt. Vernon and Pierce City school districts; the cities of Aurora and Mt. Vernon; the Lawrence County Nursing Home District; and the Lawrence County Board for the Developmentally Disabled.

Background and details:

On March 27th, 2020, Congress passed, and President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”).  The CARES Act established the Coronavirus Relief Fund and appropriated $150 billion to the Coronavirus Relief Fund.  Under the CARES Act, the funds are to be used to make payments for specified uses based on the requirements of the CARES Act requirements and United States Department of Treasury guidance.  Generally, the CARES Act provides that payments may only be used to cover costs that: (1) are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to COVID-19; (2) were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 for the government; and (3) were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020 and ends on December 30, 2020.

Expenditures must be used for actions taken to respond to the public health emergency.  Funds may not be used to fill shortfalls in government revenue to cover expenditures that would not otherwise qualify under the CARES Act.  Expenditures using CARES Act fund payments must be reasonably necessary.  For further information, please refer to the latest guidance issued by Treasury.

On April 28, 2020, Lawrence County received information and guidance from the office of the Missouri State Treasurer regarding the distribution of CARES Act funds from the State of Missouri to Lawrence County.  After approving and returning a certification for payment to the State of Missouri, on May 6 Lawrence County received $4,999,807.






Three targeted projects:


(1) Reimbursement or advance approval grants for PPE, disinfectant, hand sanitizer, masks, etc.

(2) Nonprofit operations, targeted to nonprofits whose operating costs are dependent upon a festival or other fund-raiser that had to be cancelled due to COVID-19.

3) Fire department (see details).


  • Nonprofits

  • Churches

  • Cities, school districts, ambulance and fire districts, and other public entities in Lawrence County, Missouri



Friday, Sept. 4, 2020

Deliver original + 3 copies to Lawrence County Commission at Historic Courthouse.

DO NOT send applications electronically.