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$20m in funding available to help counties pay for coronavirus response

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Posted at 9:15 AM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 09:15:05-04

$20 million in federal Community Development Block grants are available through the state’s CARES Act funding, Michigan State Police announced Wednesday.

It will provide economic relief for unbudgeted expenses related to the coronavirus response to 77 counties across the state that did not already receive funding through other programs.

The funding can be used to reimburse expenses for things like personal protective equipment, sanitation equipment, COVID-19 testing, setup of quarantine sites and overtime or hazard pay related to COVID-19 response, officials said.

“These funds will be critical to helping our partners at the local level recover from unexpected costs around COVID-19 mitigation efforts, ensuring those dollars may be redeployed to support economic recovery and vital services for residents across Michigan,” said Mark A. Burton, CEO of the MEDC. “We will continue to use every resource possible, including these critical federal dollars, to ensure our communities, businesses and workforce across the state are able to not only recover from the effects of this pandemic but be in a position to thrive long term.”