Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund: $27 billion in funding to the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund within HHS to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus – including the development of necessary countermeasures and vaccines, prioritizing platform-based technologies with U.S.-based manufacturing capabilities, the purchase of vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, necessary medical supplies, as well as medical surge capacity, addressing blood supply chain, workforce modernization, telehealth access and infrastructure, initial advanced manufacturing, novel dispensing, enhancements to the U.S. Commissioned Corps, and other preparedness and response activities. Within this amount, $250 million will be made available in grants or cooperative agreements to entities that are either grantees or sub-grantees of the HHS’ Hospital Preparedness Program. In addition, at least $16 billion of these funds must be used to purchase products for the Strategic National Stockpile. Lastly, the funding bill includes a provision that additional funds that are provided in the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund may be used for grants for the construction, alteration, or renovation of non-federally owned facilities to improve preparedness and response capability at the State and local level. However, the legislation does not provide an approximate figure that will be allotted for this purpose.
CDC: $4.3 billion for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of which $1.5 billion will be designated to CDC’s State and Local Preparedness Grants for state and local preparedness and response activities. Additionally, funds provided under this account can be used for grants for the rent, lease, purchase, acquisition, construction, alteration, or renovation of non-federally owned facilities to improve preparedness and response capability at the State and local level.
Child Care and Development Block Grant: $3.5 billion in grants to states for child care assistance for low-income families within the United States due to decreased enrollment or closures related to coronavirus. States are encouraged to use a portion of funds received to continue to pay the salaries and wages of childcare workers’ staff and to provide child care assistance to health care sector employees, emergency responders, sanitation workers, and other workers deemed essential during the response to coronavirus by public officials – without regard to the income eligibility requirements.
Health Centers: $1.3 billion in funding for HRSA Community Health Center Program to expand the capacity to provide testing, triage, and care for COVID-19 and other health care services at existing health centers across the country.
UPDATE: On Wednesday April 8th, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded more than $1.3 billion dollars included in the CARES Act to 1,387 local health centers. Local health centers may use these awards to detect coronavirus; prevent, diagnose, and treat COVID-19; and maintain or increase health capacity and staffing levels to address the current public health emergency.
To see the full list of award recipients and local health centers in your city, please visit HERE.
Community Services Block Grant: $1 billion in funding for HHS’ Community Service Block Grant Program for grants to states and local community-based organizations to provide a wide-range of human, social services and emergency assistance.
Older Americans: $955 million for HHS’ Administration for Community Living, Aging and Disability Services Programs which includes funding to state and local governments for aging and disability services programs, including senior nutrition; home and community-based supportive services; family caregivers; elder justice; and independent living.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): $900 million in grants to states to support home energy assistance for low-income households affected by coronavirus.
UPDATE: On Monday, May 11th, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced they have released $900 million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) supplemental funding to States included in the CARES Act. The funding is intended to help households “prevent, prepare for, or respond to” home energy needs during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
State and local administering agencies may use these funds for any purpose normally authorized under the federal LIHEAP statute, including heating, cooling, crisis, weatherization assistance, case management for the reduction of home energy burden, and limited administrative costs. Cities can contact their State agencies HERE for more information on how these additional funds will be distributed to households in their community; and a full list of each state award can be accessed HERE.
Head Start: $750 million for grants to local agencies providing Head Start services that support children’s growth and development.
Mental Health: $425 million to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration SAMHSA) to address mental health and substance use disorders as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. This includes $250 million for Community Behavioral Health Clinics Expansion Grant Program; and $100 million for SAMHSA Emergency Response Grants in flexible funding to address mental health, substance use disorders, and provide resources and support to youth and the homeless during the pandemic.
New: On Wednesday, April 1st the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced that applications for $100 million in Emergency Grants included in the CARES Act are due soon. The purpose of the grant program is to provide crisis intervention services, mental and substance use disorder treatment, crisis counseling, and other related supports for children and adults impacted by COVID-19.
Funds are allocated on a formula basis to states, territories, and tribes; and SAMHSA plans to issue 60 grants of up to $2 million per State or up to $500,000 for territories and tribes for 16 months. States have wide discretion on how they administer these funds, and mayors should consult with their State Director for Substance Services (learn more here) to highlight your cities’ efforts to support this vulnerable population. Applications are due by States on Friday, April 10th and more information can be found here.
Maternal Care and Infant Mortality: $125 million for HRSA Maternal and Health Care Health Start Program and funds the program at this amount annually from fiscal year 2021 through 2025.
HIV/AIDS: $90 million for HHS’ Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.
Family Violence Prevention and Services: $45 million to HHS’ Family Violence Prevention and Services Formula Grants to States to provide additional support to family violence shelters, and $2 million in additional support for the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs: $25 million in funding for the HHS Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs which provides grants to community-based public and private agencies for the provision of outreach, crisis intervention, emergency shelter, counseling, family reunification and aftercare services to runaway and homeless youth.