CARES Act Funding: Local Community Support

Providing Idaho Communities Financial Support to Combat COVID-19

Idaho Rebounds: Benefitting Local Communities

The State of Idaho received an allocation of $1.25 billion to help fight the Coronavirus. The allocated dollars are visible down to each transaction within this portal. With the Transparent Idaho functionality, citizens can slice and dice data across multiple entities to get a picture of spending across the state.


One area of specific interest to many citizens is Local Community support. The Coronavirus Relief Fund was provided to the State of Idaho with guidance on distribution, including funds dedicated to local communities (US Treasury Department Guidance).


The Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee (CFAC) requested estimates of expenditures expected by county, city, and tribal organizations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. From these estimates and local district population records, the committee approved an allocation of the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to each entity to have access to recover costs associated with their response to the pandemic.


The CFAC committee passed the original allocation for each entity on May 4, 2020 (Coronavirus.Idaho.gov - May 4, 2020 Memo).


Below you will find reports specifically filtered to show COVID-19 spending to support local communities.

City Operations Support


Local government entities received CARES Act funds for their COVID-19-related expenses.


Cities received an allocation of $42 million in CARES Act funds to combat the negative impact of COVID-19 on their community.


The CFAC committee passed the original allocation for each entity on May 4, 2020 (Coronavirus.Idaho.gov - May 4, 2020 Memo).


Participating cities also received funding from the Governor's Public Safety Initiative (GPSI) to cover the cost of emergency personnel payroll so long as they passed down the savings in the form of property tax relief. This funding is included in the graphic above.


Learn more about GPSI here.

County Operations Support


Local government entities received CARES Act funds for their COVID-19-related expenses.


Counties received a total allocation of $44 million in CARES Act funds to combat the negative impact of COVID-19 on their community.


The CFAC committee passed the original allocation for each entity on May 4, 2020 (Coronavirus.Idaho.gov - May 4, 2020 Memo).


Participating counties also received funding from the Governor's Public Safety Initiative (GPSI) to cover the cost of emergency personnel payroll so long as they passed down the savings in the form of property tax relief. This funding is included in the graphic above.


Learn more about GPSI here.

Idaho Municipal Grants for Small Businesses


Idaho Cities and Counties are eligible to create small business grants utilizing the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds allocated to them.


The Governor’s Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee (CFAC) created this grant to help local businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, enabling cities and counties to provide aid within their community.


View participating city and county list here.

Idaho Rebounds: Detailed Local Government Reporting

Below is the list of all grants distributed through the State of Idaho to benefit Local Communities. Any of the visualizations above or below the table can be clicked on to see greater detail and deeper analysis in a new browser tab.


Transparent Idaho allows all citizens and reporters to explore the data by different views. If you have any troubles or questions, please contact us at transparentidaho@sco.idaho.gov.