Johnson County Government’s allocation of Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) dollars to be focused on community re-investment will be available in the coming weeks by an application process. In September 2020, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) approved $35,324,000 to fund 14 proposals recommended by a Community Reinvestment Committee, representing a group of nearly 80 Johnson County stakeholders.
Consistent with the Board of County Commissioner’s previously identified priorities, community survey responses, and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the proposals are categorized into six funding priorities: 1) Mental Health, 2) Aging, 3) Housing, 4) Workforce Development, 5) Small Business Support, and 6) Digital Access. The funding for these proposals makes up 30% of Johnson County’s $116 million allocation from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act plan.
“The Community Reinvestment Committee selected proposals which focused on serving our county’s most vulnerable populations, extending technology to those who need it, supporting small business and businesses hardest hit by the pandemic, specifically those not able to operate due to being designated as non-essential,” said Deputy County Manager Maury Thompson who is leading the process of Johnson County’s CRF disbursements. “They did so after an intensive engagement process where we identified problems, brainstormed solutions and developed proposals ultimately approved by the BOCC.”
Johnson County Government established a three phased allocation plan to address the COVID-19 pandemic in our community.
Phase 1 (40% - 50% of the allocation) focuses on needs of local governments/other taxing jurisdictions within Johnson County, reimbursing expenses related to COVID-19 such as personal protective equipment (PPE), facility modifications to accommodate physical distancing, additional cleaning/disinfection and telework needs.
Phase 2 (30% - 50% of the allocation) focuses on community re-investment (these are the dollars referred to in this news release.) Details on the process and the 14 funded proposals are available here.
Phase 3 (10% - 30% of the allocation) focuses on contingency funds, additional re-investments in local government and the community, and allowance for any unused funds.
To learn more about the funding that is available and how to apply, please visit www.jocogov.org/JoCoCARES.