Governor announces $150,000 in federal COVID-19 emergency funding for local governments

El gobernador Greg Abbott informa a los periodistas durante una conferencia de prensa sobre una...
El gobernador Greg Abbott informa a los periodistas durante una conferencia de prensa sobre una mesa redonda de la Fuerza de Tarea contra el Terrorismo Doméstico celebrada en el capitolio el 7 de enero de 2020.(Crédito de la foto: Miguel Gutiérrez Jr./ The Texas Tribune)
Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 11:22 AM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - From the State of Texas:

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced that his Public Safety Office (PSO) will provide $41 million in federal funds to assist cities and counties throughout the COVID-19 response. These funds come from the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program authorized by the federal Emergency Appropriations for Coronavirus Health Response and Agency Operations Act. The first round of awards, totaling $7 million, will be distributed this week. 

Below are the first round of federal funds allocated to East Texas:

  • City of Corrigan: $55,146.66
  • Polk County: $72,108
  • City of White Oak: $11,369.34
  • City of Winnsboro: $10,666.81

"I thank our federal partners for their support and ongoing collaboration as we work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Texas," said Governor Abbott. "This funding is a critical to helping local governments protect Texans and combat the spread of the virus in our communities. The State of Texas will continue to work with the federal government to help meet the needs of our cities and counties as they respond to COVID-19." 

Funds awarded under the CESF Program will be used by local units of governments for first responder overtime and hazard pay; equipment and supplies supporting teleworking technologies, social distancing and personal protective gear; county jail costs associated with the medical needs of inmates as well as reimbursement for holding inmates awaiting transfer to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The CESF Program provides financial assistance to cities and counties to address the public safety challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19. The Governor’s Public Safety Office (PSO) is responsible for administering these funds and is moving quickly to release awards.

A list of jurisdictions that have received an award can be found here. The list will be updated as awards are released. Local units of government that are interested in learning more about this program can contact PSO via or at 512-463-1919.

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