Gov. Reynolds announces additional assistance through Iowa COVID-19 Local Government Relief Fund

Gov. Kim Reynolds

DES MOINES – Governor Kim Reynolds has announced the reallocation of $17 million in relief money made available to local governments for direct expenses incurred in response to the COVID-19 emergency. Of the $17 million remaining from the Local Government Relief Fund, roughly $4.7 million was previously allocated to smaller cities and. to simplify the administration of distribution, is being reallocated to the County the City resides in. These smaller cities rely on services provided by the Counties, such as public health and public safety.  Counties will not have to reapply for the additional funds and the State will use the latest application from the Local Government Relief Fund to finalize the award.  

“In so many ways COVID-19 has changed the way government serves its citizens, and perhaps the greatest impact has been at the local level. These resources will provide County and City governments with additional assistance to provide essential services to Iowans as they continue to combat the pandemic,” said Gov. Reynolds. “I appreciate the unprecedented collaboration we have seen at the state, county, and city level which includes the incredible teams at Iowa State Association of Counties and the Iowa League of Cities.”  

A breakdown of funds can be found here.  

Consistent with the U.S. Treasury Department Guidance, funds may only be used to cover costs 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, for the government entity; 
  • Were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 30, 2020; and 
  • Have not been reimbursed or where reimbursement has not been requested from another source of funds including, but not limited to, other federal programs. 

Necessary Expenditures Include: 

  • Acquisition and Distribution of Personal Protective Equipment and Sanitizing Products 
  • Testing Equipment and Supplies (test kits) 
  • Ventilators 
  • Other Necessary COVID-19 Medical Supplies and Equipment  

Other Related Necessary Expenditures 

  • Temporary Isolation or Quarantine Sites 
  • Medical Transportation 
  • Expenses for Sanitizing Public Areas and other Public Facilities 
  • Temporary Emergency Staffing and overtime costs for staff that is substantially dedicated to the mitigation or response to the COVID-19 public health emergency 
  • Payroll costs for public health and public safety employees for services dedicated to mitigating or responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency 
  • As a matter of administrative convenience in light of the emergency nature of this program, you may presume that 50% payroll costs for public health employees and 50% of payroll costs for public safety employees are payments for services substantially dedicated to mitigating or responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency 
  • Equipment used for the conduct of meetings by telephonic or electronic means 
  • Software or technology infrastructure to allow for local services to be provided while social distancing 
  • Additional costs associated with enhanced 211 capabilities 

In August 2020, Governor Kim Reynolds has allocated $125 million for reimbursements to local governments for direct expenses incurred in response to the COVID-19 emergency.  

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