COVID-19 / CARES Act
CARES Act Assistance Grants
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 27th, 2020. This Act provides over $2 trillion in economic relief for individuals, businesses, and local governments who have suffered due to the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19.
Washington County’s CARES Act Funds Allocation & Spending Priorities
Washington County’s allocation of CARES Act funds is $104 million and must be spent by the end of calendar year 2020. Funds allocated by Washington County from the federal CARES Act to both small businesses and individuals do not have to be paid back. Funds are offered through a variety of programs and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to those who meet program criteria and requirements.
On Tuesday June 2, 2020 the Washington County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the following two goals for distributing the CARES Act funds:
- Provide the most positive impact to help the most people
- Ensure adherence to the CARES Act guidelines*
*See CARES Act Information and Resources for more information.
The Board of Commissioners also unanimously approved the following investments of the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Click on the program links for program guides, applications, and contact information. Details for some programs are still being developed at this time.
- Protect Public Health
- Stabilize our Local Economy
- Support Community Based Organizations
- Build Public Mental Health and Community Psyche
A Focus on Equity
It is important to note that the response and recovery work being coordinated by the County has only been achieved because of a reliance on an equity lens. Our Emergency Operations Center provided the following statement:
“Our data and our community remind us that as the current public health and economic crisis continues, people of color, particularly our Latinx community, are bearing the brunt of the effects of COVID-19. Washington County is putting racial equity considerations at the center of its response and recovery efforts.
This means that we will continue to prioritize our efforts and work to:
- Collect and use disaggregated data
- Plan for the most vulnerable
- Implement race-conscious approaches to counter persistent racial inequities.”
For more information on the work that has been, and continues to be, done to ensure we center equity as we continue our work, please visit the Equity and Inclusion page.
US Congress CARES Act (Full Text)