; Adam Bello, County Executive

Monroe County COVID-19 Funding Guidance as of April 10, 2020

A Guide To COVID-19 Disaster Funding provides a brief summary of the various sources of funding.

Naco’s Summary of the CoronaVirus Aid, Relief And Economic Security (CARES) Act:

Details regarding eligibility for the direct allocation to counties under the CARES Act have not been published.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA Reimbursement is 75% with a 25% match; The Governor has requested a waiver on the 25% match, but it has not yet been approved.  For eligibility details, please refer to the following:

Below is a Disaster Response Cost Recovery Workbook and Instructions for assistance in completing the online application (it is also available online at FEMA’s website).  Please refer to the FEMA Public Assistance webpage for information about applying and accessing/using the Grants Portal.

Please feel free to begin your FEMA application (of 75% reimbursement), but it would not be advisable to make final decisions and submit the application until all funding streams are considered (including future) as there may be an opportunity for 100% reimbursement.

Business/Non-Profit Entities

For constituents who may be questioning business/non-profit opportunities please refer to the attached document regarding loan options.  Monroe County is providing information via the COVID-19 Resource Navigator for Business and the Economic Development webpages.

First Responders

The Bureau of Justice Assistance released a Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program (CESF) but is limited to Applicants in the FY 2019 JAG funding; Thus, CESF allocations were made available to the City of Rochester and Monroe County eligible at this time.  Current funding is targeted towards law enforcement needs for PPE and Overtime.  Future funding may be forthcoming for other agencies, including other disciplines (ie. fire agencies). 

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding

The CARES Act established Supplemental Funding to The Housing and Urban Development Office of Community Planning and Development to “prevent, prepare for and respond to coronavirus” and removes the statutory 15% cap on the amount that can be used for “public services”.

This document is intended to assist agencies to provide access to current funding information in a condensed form; The County is not the final authority on any of these funding opportunities, but is willing to assist if possible.  The County will continue to update information as other funding streams become available and guidelines continue to evolve.



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