City Asking For CARES Act Funding Priorities

Brian Coddington, 509.625.6740

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 3:32 p.m.

City of Spokane is seeking citizen feedback in an online survey about how it should allocate CARES Act Funding. The City received $6.6 million and some may be used for operational expenses already incurred. The City is seeking additional federal funding from other sources, and if successful, it will impact the community allocation.

The survey is made up of nine questions asking respondents to rank established areas of need for housing assistance, childcare, COVID-19 response programs, homelessness, and other costs associated with the response that won’t be covered by other relief sources.

“As we continue to respond and recover from COVID-19 it is important we are listening to the needs and priorities of our community,” says Mayor Nadine Woodward.

“Hearing from our citizens is a priority and we want to make sure we can meet the tight deadline for getting the funds dispersed and into the community as quickly as possible,” says Council President Breean Beggs.

Spokane City Council approved Resolution 2020-0041 last month. The resolution directs the City to seek reimbursement from the Coronavirus Relief Funds for allowable City operational expenses that are not reimbursable by other federal funding programs such as Federal Emergency Management Assistance. The City will apply for reimbursement for the benefit of community members, non-profit organizations and businesses as soon as reasonably possible to mitigate the damage of prolonged economic distress in the community. City of Spokane CARES Act funding plan requires public engagement. The survey is available online and closes Sunday, July 26 at midnight. Responses are limited to one per person.

The City is also releasing a request for proposal program for organizations to apply for the funding source. The program details will be available on the City’s website by July 24.