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Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

about COVID-19 Response

Local Government Stimulus Information

The Comptroller’s office is committed to ensuring local government entities in Texas have access to stimulus funding information, guidelines and assistance. We’ll add to these resources as they become available.

We encourage Texas local governments to become familiar with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act and particularly, the most recent stimulus passed by the federal government, the American Rescue Plan.


Local Government Finance and Grant Programs

American Rescue Plan – Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund
Program Name:
Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund
Description:

Provides funding to all municipalities and counties to:

  • Respond to or mitigate the COVID-19 public health emergency and its negative economic impacts, including assistance to households, small businesses and nonprofits, or aid impacted industries such as tourism, travel and hospitality. Expenditures are not limited only to these activities.
  • Provide government services that otherwise would be at risk because of the reduction in tax revenue due to the public health emergency.
  • Make necessary investments in water, sewer or broadband infrastructure.
  • Respond to workers performing essential work during the COVID-19 public health emergency by providing premium pay to eligible workers who are performing such essential work, or by providing grants to eligible employers who have eligible workers performing essential work.
Restrictions:
  • Funds must not offset any new tax reductions or delay the imposition of any tax or tax increase.
  • Grants cannot be used to support a pension fund.
  • Funds must be spent by Dec. 31, 2024.
Agencies Administering the Program:
  • U.S. Treasury
  • Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) as designated by the Governor’s Office
Types of Eligible Local Government Entities:
Cities and counties
Eligibility Criteria:

Every county is eligible to receive funding based on the county’s share of the U.S. population. Counties that are Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) recipients will receive a larger share based on the CDBG grant allocation method.

Cities with more than 50,000 residents are designated metropolitan cities. These cities will receive funding based on the modified CDBG formula.

Cities with populations under 50,000, designated as “non-metropolitan” cities, will receive funding on a per capita basis.

Grant or Loan:

Grant

Funds Available:

Texas local government units will be receiving $10.5 billion divided as follows:

  • Counties with direct U.S. Treasury payments: $5.7 billion
  • Metropolitan cities with direct U.S. Treasury payments (populations 50,000+): $3.4 billion
  • Cities not receiving direct U.S. Treasury payments (populations less than 50,000): $1.386 billion
All allocations are population based, with the largest funding amounts going to those jurisdictions with the largest populations. Allocations for non-metropolitan cities (cities with populations less than 50,000) can be found on TDEM’s website PDF.
How to Apply:

No application is required. However, entities eligible to receive direct payments from the U.S. Treasury should gather certain information in advance to expedite transmission of funds after the program is launched.

Each county and eligible metropolitan city will receive the funds in two equal payments. The first will arrive in mid-May 2021, and the second will be delivered no earlier than 12 months after receipt of the first payment.

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) will distribute funds to non-metropolitan cities. TDEM will manage the application process, payment of funds and communications from the Treasury Department. An authorized individual of the city must agree to the terms and conditions of the funding and sign the submission package. Non-entitlement units (NEUs) will need to submit the signed documentation to the state’s Grants Management System (GMS) website. Instructions can be found on TDEM’s webpage.

For More Information:
American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER)
Program Name:
American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER)
Description:
Funds are provided to state educational agencies and school districts to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation’s students.
Agencies Administering Program:
  • U.S. Department of Education (DoEd) Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
  • Texas Education Agency (TEA)
Type of Eligible Local Government Entity:
State educational agencies (SEA) and local educational agencies (LEA); i.e., school districts.
Eligibility Criteria:
ARP ESSER Fund allocations are based on the proportion that each state received under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in the most recent fiscal year. However, Section 1122(c)(3) of the ESEA prohibits the DoEd from considering the Title I, Part A hold harmless provisions in ESEA Section 1122 in calculating state or local allocations for any other program administered by the secretary of education, including the ARP ESSER Fund. Therefore, to determine the ARP ESSER Fund allocations, the DoEd used the fiscal year 2020 state shares of Title I, Part A allocations without the application of the hold harmless provisions in ESEA Section 1122.
Grant or Loan:
Grant
Funds Available:
$121,974,800,000
Funds Available for Texas (cumulative):
  • Total ARP ESSER Fund allocation to Texas: $12,418,588,778
  • Minimum LEA distribution (90 percent): $11,176,729,900
  • Maximum SEA reservation1: $1,241,858,878
  • Maximum for SEA administration (1/2 of 1 percent): $62,092,944

1Each SEA must reserve, at a minimum, 7 percent of its total allocation as follows: 1) 5 percent for interventions to address learning loss; 2) 1 percent for summer enrichment programs; and 3) 1 percent for comprehensive after-school programs.

Deadline:
Application through TEA is due by July 27, 2021.
How to apply:
The OESE began distributing funds to state agencies in March. TEA’s application period opened April 29, 2021 and will remain open through July 27, 2021.
Access the TEA Grant Opportunities database, select “2020-2023 ARP ESSER III Federal Grant Application” from the Application Name field, or search for “ARP.”
For more information:
Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) – Funding for Non-Budgeted Costs Related to COVID-19
Program Name:
Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF)
Description:
Provides funding for necessary expenditures due to the public health emergency concerning the coronavirus (COVID–19) incurred from March 1, 2020, through December 30, 2020, which were not accounted for in the state or local government budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act).
Agencies Administering Program:
  • U.S. Treasury
  • Texas Governor’s Office
  • Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM)
Type of Eligible Local Government Entity:
Cities and counties
Eligibility Criteria:
  • Six cities and 12 counties in Texas with populations exceeding 500,000 in the most recent census received a direct payment of funds from the U.S. Treasury. Cities not eligible to receive a direct payment from the U.S. Treasury but located in a county that DID receive a direct payment should work with their county for CRF funding. View a list of Texas entities receiving a direct payment (PDF) .
  • The remaining 242 counties, and each city within those counties, are eligible to apply to TDEM for a share of funds.
Grant or Loan:
Grant
Funds Available:
  • Texas Received: $11.24 billion
  • Texas Jurisdictions w/Direct U.S. Treasury Payments (Populations 500,000+): $3.2 billion
  • Texas Jurisdictions (Not Receiving Direct U.S. Treasury Payments): $1.85 billion
Deadline(s):

The deadline to apply for the CRF was Oct. 16, 2020. Local governments should note that under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, any funds received must be spent by Dec. 31, 2021 or returned to the federal government. The prior deadline established by the CARES Act was Dec. 31, 2020.

For More Information:
COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Distribution
Program Name:
COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Distribution
Description:
Funding through the existing Center for Disease Prevention (CDCP) Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) cooperative agreement will support testing, contract tracing, surveillance, containment and mitigation to monitor and suppress the spread of COVID-19. Awards through the existing CDCP Immunization and Vaccines for Children cooperative agreement will support a range of COVID-19 vaccination activities across jurisdictions.
Agency Administering Program:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Texas Department of Emergency Management
Types of Eligible Local Government Entities:
Jurisdictions through the existing CDCP Immunization and Vaccines for Children cooperative agreement.
Eligibility Criteria:
Award recipients will include 64 jurisdictions including all 50 states, the District of Columbia, five major cities and U.S. territories/islands. Consistent with congressional direction, funds will be allocated through a population-based formula.
Grant or Loan:
Grant
Funds Available for Texas:

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021

CDCP Funding for COVID-19 Testing
Jurisdiction Funding
Texas $1,535,405,092
Houston $133,550,932
CDCP Funding for COVID-19 Vaccination Activities
Jurisdiction Funding
Texas (less Houston and San Antonio) $227,056,156
Houston $20,965,609
San Antonio $13,980,751
American Rescue Plan 2021 Funding for COVID-19 Testing
Jurisdiction Funding
Texas $803,456,353
Houston $69,885,365

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,

Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program
Program Name:
Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program
Description:
The program will reimburse participating providers up to $50 per month ($75 in tribal areas) for providing discounted broadband service to an eligible household. Participating providers will be reimbursed from the EBB Program for the discounts provided. The program will end in June 2021 unless renewed. If a participating provider also supplies the household with a connected device (laptop or desktop computer), it may be reimbursed up to $100 if the charge to the household is more than $10 but less than $50 for the device. A provider may receive reimbursement for no more than one connected device per eligible household.
Agencies Administering Program:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), U.S. Department of Commerce
Types of Eligible Local Government Entities:
Limited to “covered partnerships” defined as “a State, or 1 or more political subdivisions of a State; and a provider of fixed broadband service.”
Eligibility Criteria:
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) states that a household is eligible for the EBB program if at least one of its members:
  • qualifies for the existing federal Lifeline subsidy (which the household may receive in addition to the EBB benefit);
  • has been approved to receive benefits under federal free and reduced-price school meals programs;
  • has experienced a ”substantial loss of income“ since Feb. 29, 2020;
  • has received a federal Pell Grant; or
  • meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's low-income or COVID-19 program that meets certain criteria, including that the program was in existence as of April 1, 2020.
Grant or Loan:
Grant
Funds Available:
$3.2 billion
Funds Available for Texas:
To be determined by the FCC
Deadline(s):
The FCC issued a public notice on Jan. 4, 2021 seeking comment on how the program would be administered; it accepted comments through Jan. 25, 2021. The FCC will reply to the comments by Feb. 16, 2021 and will be establishing application criteria.
How to Apply:
The FCC will be determining criteria by which to apply and posting them on its website.
Sources:
Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund
Program Name:
Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund
Description:
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA) was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020. It provides an additional $54.3 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER II Fund).
Agency Administering Program:
U.S. Department of Education (DOE), Texas Education Agency (TEA)
Type of Eligible Local Government Entity:
Local educational agencies (LEAs) including charter schools that are LEAs.
Eligibility Criteria:
ESSER II Fund awards to state educational agencies (SEAs) are in the same proportion as funds received by each state under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended, in fiscal year 2020.
Grant or Loan:
Formula grant
Funds Available:
Section 313(b) of the CRRSSA requires the DOE to allocate the ESSER II Fund based on the proportion that each state received in the most recent fiscal year under Title I, Part A of ESEA.
  • Funds Available for Texas (cumulative): $5,529,552,209
  • Minimum Local Educational Agency (LEA) Distribution1: $4,976,596,988
  • Maximum State Educational Agency (SEA) Reservation2: $552,955,221
  • Maximum for SEA Administration1,2:$27,647,761
  1. The minimum LEA distribution, maximum SEA reservation and maximum for SEA administration have been rounded to the nearest whole dollar. The minimum LEA distribution and maximum SEA reservation amounts assume that the SEA subgrants the minimum required amount of 90 percent of its ESSER II award to its LEAs.
  2. The SEA may reserve an amount equal to up to ½ of 1 percent of the total.
Deadline(s):
Refer to the TEA’s website.
How to Apply:
LEAs are not required to provide additional applications to receive ESSER II awards. TEA will receive a grant award notification (GAN) through the Federal Grants Management System (G5), which provides the ESSER II grant award and details its terms and conditions. There is no information on TEA’s website regarding whether LEAs will need to apply for funds.
For More Information:
Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER)
Program Name:
Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER)
Description:
The GEER II includes allowable uses of funds related to preventing, preparing for and responding to COVID-19. Governors may provide subgrants to local education agencies (LEAs) and institutions of higher education (IHEs) within their jurisdictions that have been “most significantly impacted by coronavirus” to support their ability to continue providing educational services to their students and to support the “on-going functionality” of these entities. In addition, a governor may use these funds to provide support through a subgrant or a contract to other LEAs, IHEs and education-related entities that the governor “deems essential” for carrying out emergency educational services; providing child care and early childhood education; providing social and emotional support and protecting education-related jobs.
Agency Administering Program:
U.S. Department of Education
Eligible Government Entity:
States (governor’s offices)
Eligibility Criteria:
Awarded to each state with an approved GEER application under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted on March 27, 2020.
Grant or Loan:
Formula grant
Funds Available:
To be awarded based on a formula stipulated in the legislation: (1) 60 percent on the basis of the state’s relative population of individuals ages 5-24; and (2) 40 percent on the basis of the state’s relative number of children counted under Section 1124(c) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).
Amount of Funds Available for Texas (cumulative):
  • Total Section 312 Allocation (GEER Fund): $287,499,442
  • Section 312(b) Supplemental Allocation (GEER II): $134,331,197
  • Section 312(d) Allocation Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools (EANS): $153,168,245
  • Maximum Reservation of EANS Funds for Administration: $765,841
Deadline(s):
Will be awarded to each state with an approved Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) application under the CARES Act. Each state must submit the signed Certification and Agreement for Funding by Feb. 8, 2021.
How to Apply:
The Governor will determine the criteria and process to apply for/award the funds.
For More Information:
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education:
Urbanized Area Formula Grant Program
Program Name:
Urbanized Area Formula Grant Program
Description:
Funding for the urbanized area formula grants is made available to designated recipients that are public bodies with the legal authority to receive and dispense federal funds. For urbanized areas with 200,000 or more in population, funds are apportioned and flow directly to a designated recipient selected locally to apply for and receive federal funds. For urbanized areas under 200,000 in population, the funds are apportioned to the governor of each state for distribution. This grant from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) is supplemental funding for these jurisdictions.
Agencies Administering Program:
U.S. Department of Transportation, Texas Department of Transportation
Eligible Local Government Entities:
For urbanized areas with 200,000 or more in population, funds are apportioned and flow directly to a designated recipient selected locally to apply for and receive federal funds. For urbanized areas under 200,000 in population, the funds are apportioned to the governor of each state for distribution.
Eligibility Criteria:
Funding is apportioned based on legislative formulas. For areas of 50,000 to 199,999 in population, the formula is based on population and population density. For areas with populations of 200,000 or more, the formula is based on a combination of bus revenue vehicle miles, bus passenger miles, fixed guideway revenue vehicle miles and fixed guideway route miles, as well as population and population density.
Grant or Loan:
Grant
Funds Available:
See Table 2: CRRSAA Urbanized Area Apportionments (Section 5307).
Funds Available for Texas (cumulative):
FY 2021 CRRSAA Section 5307 Urbanized Area Apportionments (Including funds apportioned under Section 5337 – State of Good Repair)
Urbanized Area/State Apportionment
Amounts Apportioned to Urbanized Areas with 1 million or More in Population:
Austin $67,226,289
Dallas – Fort Worth – Arlington $128,511,228
Houston $153,492,780
San Antonio $61,804,487
Amounts Apportioned to Urbanized Areas with 200,000 to 1 Million in Population:
Corpus Christi $6,857,205
El Paso $7,120,128
Texas (less areas listed) $6,847,837
Laredo $1,529,460
Total $452,685,124
Source: CRRSAA Urbanized Area Apportionments
CRRSAA Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Apportionments
Urbanized Area/State Apportionment
Amounts Apportioned to Urbanized Areas with Populations of 200,000 or More:
Austin $171,263
Brownsville $28,857
Conroe – The Woodlands $33,016
Corpus Christi $52,135
Dallas – Fort Worth – Arlington $661,250
Denton – Lewisville $41,938
El Paso $118,768
Houston $615,514
Killeen $25,770
Laredo $29,391
Lubbock $37,933
McAllen $104,552
San Antonio $290,669
Amounts Apportioned to State Governors for Urbanized Areas with Populations of 50,000 to 199,999:
Texas $692,756
Amounts Apportioned to State Governors for Non-urbanized Areas with Populations Less than 50,000:
Texas $667,804
Total $3,571,616
Source: CRRSAA Apportionments for Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) (XLSX)
Deadline:
The governor will establish criteria and the process for distributing the funds apportioned to the state.
How to apply
The funds will be allocated directly to the jurisdictions above; otherwise, the Governor will establish criteria and the process for distribution of the remaining funds.
For More Information:
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