Federal grants available to assist state and local agencies with coronavirus response

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SAVANNAH, GA (WRDW) -- Federal emergency funding is now available to state and local agencies to use in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.

The $850 million Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program Solicitation, authorized in the recent stimulus legislation signed by President Trump, was released this week by the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Affairs.

The program provides funding to individual state, county and city agencies, according to the BJA announcement, and the DOJ is moving quickly to make the awards with the goal of having funds immediately available for drawdown.

Of the $850 million available nationwide, $9.6 million is allocated to Alabama.

In addition, nearly $4.8 million is directly earmarked for individual cities and counties in Alabama.

Local cities and counties earmarked for money include:
● Houston County - $58,008
● Dale County - $58,008
● Pike County - $58,008
● Dothan - $117,598
● Ozark - $33,492
● Troy - $47,801

“Law enforcement resources are particularly strained as a result of the current crisis”, said United States Attorney Franklin, “and we in the Middle District of Alabama are grateful for the additional funding that will enable our law enforcement partners more flexibility in responding to the challenges they face. I encourage those agencies in need to get their grant applications in quickly so that they can receive essential funding as soon as possible.”

Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs has made the review of applications a top priority and it will fund successful applicants on a rolling basis as applications are received.

The funds may be used for a variety of law enforcement needs, including hiring personnel, paying overtime costs, purchasing protective equipment and supplies, addressing correctional inmates’ medical needs, and defraying expenses related to the distribution of resources to areas hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information about the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program, please visit https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/opportunities/bja-2020-18553.

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