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The state of Wisconsin has announced its Routes to Recovery: Local Government Aid Grants program whereby $200 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding has been earmarked for all Wisconsin counties and local governments. Each local government will receive a minimum of $5,000. Allocations to counties can be viewed here and allocations to all other local governments can be found here. This funding is available for unbudgeted expenditures incurred between March 1 and Oct. 31, 2020 due to the COVID-19 public health emergency in the following categories:

  • Emergency operation activities, including those related to public health, emergency services and public safety response
  • Purchases of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Cleaning/sanitation supplies and services, including those related to elections administration
  • Temporary isolation housing for infected or at-risk individuals
  • Testing and contact tracing costs above those covered by existing state programs
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and sick leave for public health and safety employees to take COVID-19-related precautions
  • Meeting local match expense requirements submitted for reimbursement by FEMA, to the full extent permitted by federal law

Refer to the Wisconsin Department of Administration’s Operational Overview for more information.

To learn how Baker Tilly public sector specialists can help local governments with understanding relief funding options, contact our team.

Amanda R. Blomberg
Managing Director
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