Applications accepted from public entities, nonprofits
in county's first round of Coronavirus Relief Fund distributions
(Lawrence County Commission, June 1, 2020) Lawrence County will be focusing on immediate public health needs in the first round of spending from $4.49 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds allocated to the county. The money is earmarked by the U.S. Department of Treasury for “necessary costs” associated with the Coronavirus outbreak.
County commissioners have been working with their attorney to set up a system to ensure the “highest and best use” of the one-time emergency funds through direct spending, reimbursements and grants. Making sure all the i’s are dotted and t’s crossed is imperative since funds spent incorrectly must be refunded to the Federal government.
The commission is rolling out the first phase this week, offering reimbursements for immediate COVID-related expenses of cities, school districts and other public entities, as well as nonprofits. The second phase is expected to include grants for projects tied to the health emergency.
Be sure to check Mo. State Treasurer/COVID site regularly for any updates in guidance.
Deadline is June 26 for Phase 1 applications and supporting documentation. Phase 1 awards will be announced on or before July 31.
Funds cannot be used for revenue replacement; expenses that were budgeted; or those that do not fit the criteria. They must be for expenses incurred March 1 through Dec. 30, 2020.
More information is available on the application form and at www.lawrencecountymo.org. Questions can be directed to the county commission at 466-3666.
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 guidance issued by Treasury on April 22, 2020, and May 4, 2020 (revised May 28).
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.
Over the course of the past three weeks, Lawrence County has reviewed the requirements of the CARES Act and the guidance issued by the Department of Treasury and has been working to identify community priorities and develop an application process to allow applicants to request CARES Act funds and make award decisions for the use of funds.
The County is making an application available to request CARES Act funds. Initially, for the first round of funding, local governments and non-profits will be eligible to submit an application. Applications for the first round of funding must be based on requests for reimbursement of eligible expenses or costs already incurred during the period March 1 through May 31, 2020 and must satisfy the requirements of the CARES Act and Treasury guidance. Applicants will be required to submit sufficient supporting documentation such as invoices, receipts, and proof of payment.
Applications for the first round of funding are due no later than Friday, June 26, 2020.
The County will then review and evaluate the applications for completeness (including supporting documentation), compliance with the CARES Act requirements and Treasury guidance, and anticipates making award decisions no later than July 31. Award recipients will be required to enter into a written agreement with the County prior to disbursement of awarded funds.
The application is available at the County Clerk’s office, County Commission office and County website. Questions regarding the application process may be directed to the Lawrence County Commission, 417-466-3666.
Depending upon the number of applications received and amount of funds awarded in the first round of funding, the County anticipates potential additional rounds of funding.
Reimbursements for necessary expenditures in response to the COVID-19 health emergency (see details).
Cities, school districts, ambulance and fire districts, and other public entities in Lawrence County, Missouri