Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds
Use of Funds
The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provide eligible state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments with a substantial infusion of resources to meet pandemic response needs and rebuild a stronger, and more equitable economy as the country recovers. Recipients may use these funds to:
- Support public health expenditures, by, for example, funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and specific public health and safety staff
- Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector
- Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic
- Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have and will bear the most significant health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors
- Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and expand access to broadband internet.
Within these overall categories, recipients have broad flexibility to decide how best to use this funding to meet the needs of their communities. Utilizing this guidance, Fulton County has reviewed needs and come up with use cases for federal dollars.
Fulton County has been awarded and is the recipient of $206M in State and Local Fiscal Recovery dollars from the federal government to serve our citizens. These funds will generally be utilized for the following purposes in accordance with the interim and final rule for this program.
General Description of Fund Uses by Fulton County:
a. Public Health (EC 1):
- Funding will go towards COVID vaccination and testing efforts, including the operations at Mercedes Benz Stadium.
- Increase the ability of behavioral health services within the community.
- Community outreach and educational efforts.
- Providing incentives for the community to increase the number of vaccinations.
b. Negative Economic Impacts (EC 2):
- Community Service programs providing supportive services to individuals and families will be increased.
- Using funds to serve families that have been affected by food insecurity.
- Long Term Revolving Loan Programs will be created to support struggling businesses
- Funds will be used to provide job training for individuals affected by the pandemic.
c. Services to Disproportionately Impacted Communities (EC 3):
- Fulton County will utilize a portion of these funds to assist those individuals that have caused a delay in the timely processing of their court cases to reduce any backlog in court cases.
- Funding will be utilized to assist in outreach to communities that are showing low vaccination rates to reduce the spread of disease within those neighborhoods.
- Funds will be used to try and improve the impact of the pandemic on communities that are of lower socioeconomic status.
- Minority communities have been impacted by the pandemic, and funds will be distributed to these neighborhoods around the County.
d. Premium Pay (EC 4):
- Fulton County will utilize these funds to provide eligible County employees with premium pay equal to 3.5% of their annual base salary.
- Funds will be used to support our essential workers that are key to efforts to recover from the pandemic and serving the citizens.
e. Water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure (EC 5):
- The County does not plan to use any of these funds for water or sewer infrastructure at this time.
- Under this eligible use of funds, the county plans to complete improvements to our facilities that will fall under pandemic proofing buildings and offices.
- Funding will be utilized r to improve the internet connectivity and broadband across the County networks and for the use of a remote workforce.
f. Revenue Replacement (EC 6):
- Fulton County does not anticipate to use any of the State and Fiscal Recovery Plan dollars for Revenue Replacement at this time