The application for the CARES Act Relief Funds is now available on the Greene County website.
A dedicated “CARES Act Relief Fund” button is on the main navigation of the homepage. From that button, users will find the application link under the “General Information” tab where each requesting entity or organization will register. Once registered, applicants can proceed to a set of fields outlining specific needs/expenses and other related financial information. A confirmation email will be generated when the application is completed.
The application process is designed to be as user friendly and thorough as possible, while allowing the county to obtain needed information for decision-making and auditing purposes. The Greene County Commission will make the final determination on fund disbursements.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we worked through some needed additional testing of the application to make sure the process worked as smoothly as possible for users,” said CARES Act Grants Administrator Lyle Foster. “We will continue to move forward as planned with the review and scoring of the applications as they are received.”
The application submission schedule has been updated to the following:
- Not for Profit/Community Organizations – July 20-23
- Health Care – July 24-29
- Small Businesses – July 29-August 3
- Education – July 31-August 5
- Taxpayer Supported Entities – August 5-10
While the total number of requests the county is expected to receive is unknown, the process will remain open until all funds are allocated.
For those interested in reviewing general fund guidelines before beginning the application process, related information from the Department of the Treasury is available via the “CARES Act Relief Fund” tab of the county website. In addition, there is a Greene County specific application information sheet and an application instruction guide to provide more direction for applicants.
The Senate passed the Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide direct funding to states, territories and tribal governments. The funding received is based on population and is to be used for necessary expenditures due to COVID-19, expenditures that were not accounted for in the most recently approved budget and were incurred from March 1, 2020, through December 30, 2020. The goal of the CARES Act Relief Fund is to promote recovery by funding programs and services that support the needs of those affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency. As part of this fund, Greene County has received $34 million to be distributed back into the community to help support local coronavirus response efforts.