Abbott announces $38M in federal COVID-19 funding for local governments

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday that $38 million in federal funds will be made available to local governments through his Public Safety Office.

The funding comes from the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program, authorized by the federal Emergency Appropriations for Coronavirus Health Response and Agency Operations Act.

"These funds will help our local governments respond to COVID-19 and provide the resources that our communities need," said Abbott. "I am grateful to our federal partners for making this crucial financial support available to the state of Texas."

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Governments may use the funding to prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus. Allowed projects and purchases include, but are not limited to:

  • Overtime (peace officer, jailer, correctional officer, medical or other essential stuff)
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Supplies (gloves, masks, sanitizer, disinfectant
  • Training
  • Travel expenses
  • Temporary staff
  • Medical care for inmates who test positive for COVID-19
  • Any costs associated with the implementation of CDC COVID-19 guidance documents

Interested governments can access the eGrants grant management website to register and apply for funding.


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