On April 22, 2020, The US Department of the Treasury (Treasury) issued additional guidance and a frequently asked questions (FAQs) document to advise organizations seeking relief through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on the permitted use and allowed expenses of funds received. The CARES Act provides that payments from the Fund may only be used to cover costs that—
1. are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19);
2. were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act) for the State or government; and
3. were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 31, 2021.
Public health expenses
Payroll expenses for public safety, public health, health care, human services, and similar employees whose services are substantially dedicated to mitigating or responding to COVID-19
Expenses incurred to facilitate compliance with COVID-19-related public health measures such as food delivery, distance learning, telework, paid sick and family and medical leave, maintaining jails, and caring for homeless populations
Expenses associated with the provision of economic support in connection with COVID-19, such as grants to small businesses to reimburse the costs of business interruption caused by required closures, payroll support programs, and unemployment insurance costs that aren’t otherwise reimbursed by the federal government
(Source: "CARES Act Relief Fund Guidance for Local Government Entities", by Jim Lanzarotta, https://www.mossadams.com/)
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