Over the last several months, GMA and ACCG have been working diligently on behalf of all local governments with the Governor Brian Kemp’s Office on the sharing of CARES Act funding. Thanks to this collective effort, 45% of Georgia’s funding will be transferred to local governments as described in this letter and allocation table.
The CARES Act specifically states the funds are for COVID related expenditures. Recent Treasury guidance has opened up the uses some, but still prohibits direct revenue replacement. States and locals must abide by the Act and the guidance. No state may be more or less restrictive in the use of funds by the state or to sub-grantees such as cities and counties.
The CARES Act requires that the payments from the Coronavirus Relief Fund only be used to cover expenses that:
- Are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19);
- 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
- Were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020 and ends on December 30, 2020.
Guidance on eligible uses of fund disbursements by governments along with reporting & record retention can be found on at U.S. Department of Treasury. Additional resources include:
- Governor’s Office of Planning & Budgeting
- Funding Allocations
- Frequently Asked Questions
To review additional information on GMA’s website, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources.