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As part of the $2 trillion CARES Act, local governments in Texas will be eligible to receive part of a $37.8 million through the state or $24.6 million directly from the federal government.
April 15, 2020
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While many Texans have been eagerly anticipating a $1,200 deposit from the IRS into their bank accounts, Governor Greg Abbott has announced how more funds from the $2 trillion stimulus package will be used.

Local governments — that is, any “non-statewide governmental body with the authority to establish a budget and impose taxes” — will be able to apply for part of a $37.8 million grant that comes from the massive emergency spending bill.

The funding specifically comes through the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program, which has allocated $850 million nationwide to states and local entities.

Texas received $42 million — from which it’s disbursing the $37.8 million — and specific counties and municipalities across Texas have been allocated $24.6 million, for a statewide total of $66.6 million from the CESF.

The state is receiving the second highest amount, between California’s total allocation of $93.7 million and Florida’s $50.3 million.

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In order to qualify for receipt of the funds being funneled through the state (counties and municipalities receiving funds from the federal government directly will go through a different process), the entities must meet various requirements, such as certain standards for reporting of law enforcement data.

Local governments that operate a law enforcement agency are also required to comply with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in “notify[ing] DHS of all information requested by DHS related to illegal aliens in [their] custody [and] detain[ing] such illegal aliens in accordance with requests by DHS.”

The funds are supposed to be for coronavirus-related uses, such as the following, according to a press release from the governor:

The funds will be prioritized for allocation across the 24 regional councils as follows:

Map of the 24 divisions of the Texas Association of Regional Counties
  1. Panhandle Regional Planning Commission: $667,179
  2. South Plains Association of Governments: $808,781
  3. Nortex Regional Planning Commission: $303,721
  4. North Central Texas Council of Governments: $9,621,787
  5. Ark-Tex Council of Governments: $425,973
  6. East Texas Council of Governments: $1,208,554
  7. West Central Texas Council of Governments: $568,229
  8. Rio Grande Council of Governments: $1,081,360
  9. Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission: $560,201
  10. Concho Valley Council of Governments: $208,130
  11. Heart of Texas Council of Governments: $547,493
  12. Capital Area Council of Governments: $2,787,712
  13. Brazos Valley Council of Governments: $546,364
  14. Deep East Texas Council of Governments: $520,349
  15. South East Texas Regional Planning Commission: $683,216
  16. Houston-Galveston Area Council: $10,128,457
  17. Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission: $346,150
  18. Alamo Area Council of Governments: $3,053,904
  19. South Texas Development Council: $497,798
  20. Coastal Bend Council of Governments: $721,989
  21. Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council: $1,351,751
  22. Texoma Council of Governments: $274,438
  23. Central Texas Council of Governments: $555,328
  24. Middle Rio Grande Development Council: $309,421

After all eligible applications in a given region have been awarded, any remaining funds can be reallocated to another region.

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Daniel Friend

Daniel Friend

Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. While recently finishing his degree in Political Science from Azusa Pacific University, he also interned in the U.S. Senate and co-authored a book on C. S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy. In his spare time, he might be reading up on Dostoevsky or attempting to write a novel.