Coronavirus Relief Fund
On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law. This act established the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) and appropriated $150 billion to the Fund to provide payments to states and certain local governments; the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories and Tribal governments navigating the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Nevada’s Share of the CRF
The Department of Treasury appropriated a total of $1.25 billion to Nevada from the CRF. A portion of the State’s total allotment was reserved for local governments that have a population in excess of 500,000. As a result, approximately $295 million was allocated to Clark County and an additional $118.9 million was allocated to the City of Las Vegas. The State of Nevada received $836 million from the Fund of which a certain amount may be paid to local governments.
Allowed Uses of the CRF
The CARES Act requires that the payments from the Coronavirus Relief Fund only be used to cover expenses 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 30, 2020
Guidance on eligible uses of Fund disbursements is on the Department of Treasury website https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares/state-and-local-governments and must be strictly adhered. The following documents provide specific guidance:
Request Payment from the CRF - State Agencies
Nevada State agencies can request a “lump-sum” CRF reimbursement from the Governor's Finance Office for all eligible costs incurred in FY20. Follow the steps below to submit reimbursement claims to the GFO by Monday, July 2, 2020.
Step 1: Read the CRF Reimbursement Guidance
The CRF Reimbursement Guidance for Nevada State Agencies document provides information on the funding available through the CRF. It includes details on the Fund’s intended use, ineligible costs, eligible costs for non-payroll-related claims and eligible cost for payroll-related claims (including COVID-19 Administrative Leave). It also contains details regarding the use of CRF for FEMA cost share requirements, and it provides direct links to the Department of Treasury Guidance. It is an essential tool for identifying FY20 cost reimbursements as well as for FY21 planning.
Step 2: Read the FY20 CRF Instructions for State Agencies
This document provides instructions to State agencies on how to identify expenditures that might qualify for reimbursement from the CRF, and how to submit FY20 claims to the GFO.
Step 3: Fill out the FY20 CRF State Agency Worksheet
Agencies must complete the FY20 CRF State Agency Worksheet and submit it to GFO by Thursday, July 2, 2020. It will be reviewed for Pre-Approval through approximately mid-July. Agency fiscal staff should be readily available during this time to answer any questions about submitted expenditures or provide additional required information or justifications.
Questions or Comments
Inquiries or comments regarding the process for Nevada local governments to request payments from the Coronavirus Relief Fund can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.