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How Washington County distributed CARES Act funds

Washington County received $31.7 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) to assist community members weather the COVID-19 pandemic. The County Board approved programs for the funds to directly assist residents, businesses, and service organizations across the county. By the end of 2020, the county had disbursed the money to those programs, and supported county operations that were modified to maintain safety for county residents and employees.

Washington County allocated funds to assist residents who were struggling to pay their rent or utility bills, due to the pandemic.

Washington County allocated funds to assist residents who were struggling to pay their mortgage or utility bills, due to the pandemic.

Non-profit organizations were affected by loss of revenue during the pandemic, while demand for their services increased. At the same time, public institutions such as hospitals and schools were required to modify their facilities and service delivery models to maintain safety for staff, patients, students, and members of the public.

Small businesses especially hard hit by closedowns and businesses modifications needed to fight the pandemic were invited to apply for assistance through the CRF program. Washington County budgeted $6 million for small business relief, and undertook three separate application periods to provide grants to businesses impacted by the pandemic, which included both home-based businesses and those with employees.