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Governor announces $300 million available to local governments from CARES Act

The funds will be available for expenses related to COVID-19.

On Wednesday, Governor Andy Beshear announced that $300 million will be made available to counties and cities for COVID-19 expenses from Kentucky's CARES Act funding.

“First, of the CARES Act money that we’ve received in the first wave, we’ve talked about making an initial $300 million available to cities and counties,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’ve worked with KACo – the Kentucky Association of Counties – and the Kentucky League of Cities about establishing a formula for what goes where. We are going to get that moving so that people can get mainly reimbursements from COVID-related costs and they can also cover portions of law enforcement, first responders and firefighters with those dollars.”

KACo and KLC received a letter from the Governor earlier this week, pledging the $300 million in assistance to counties and cities for COVID-related expenses. Read the letter HERE.

Both KACo and KLC have been working with the Governor and the Department for Local Government on a plan to distribute those funds quickly as well as guidance on how those dollars can be spent. KACo stands ready to help, so stay tuned and watch for more info.

View video of Gov. Beshear's announcement HERE