Gov. Andy Beshear announced a $300 million award to city and county governments as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which established the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to reimburse local governments for expenses incurred in response to the public health emergency caused by the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

These funds will be administered by the Department for Local Government (DLG) and can be used for reimbursements only to eligible cities and counties for COVID-19 related expenses incurred from March 1, 2020 to December 30, 2020.

Eligible expenses:

  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,

Potential expenses include:

-Payroll expenses for public safety, public health, health care, human services, and similar employees whose services are substantially dedicated to mitigating or responding to the COVID19 public health emergency

-Public health expenses

-Medical expenses

-Expenses of actions to facilitate compliance with COVID-19 related public health measures

-And more

For more information and guidance on eligible reimbursement expenses from the CRF, read Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions.

To apply for reimbursement, eligible local governments must complete an application with expense documentation.

To see what your community’s preliminary reimbursement amount is, please click here.

Email if you have any questions or contact Danielle Story with KIPDA at

Published on June 3, 2020