Coronavirus Relief Fund FAQs Updated

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Coronavirus Relief Fund FAQs Updated

June 24, 2020

On June 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released updated Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). These FAQs supplement Treasury's Coronavirus Relief Fund Guidance for State, Territorial, Local, and Tribal Governments issued on April 22, 2020. Further information about the CRF is available at Treasury's CARES website.

The majority of the updates are on page 8 and page 9 of the updated FAQs. CRF monies are eligible to be used as non-federal matching requirements under the Stafford Act for COVID-19 related expenditures. However, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding is still dependent on FEMA's determination of eligibility under the Stafford Act.

Indian Tribal Governments, and other governments included in the CRF, have the discretion to determine how to tailor assistance programs they establish in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Treasury Department has indicated, "...a per capita payment to residents of a particular jurisdiction without an assessment of individual need would not be appropriate use of payments from the Fund." For more information, see page 9 of the CRF FAQs.

In addition, Indian Tribal Governments, and other governments included in the CRF, may use CRF monies to publicize the resumption of activities and steps taken to ensure a safe experience for convention facilities and the tourism industry. However, long-term planning is not an allowable cost.
 
For a complete understanding, NAFOA encourages each tribal government to familiarize themselves with official guidance and FAQs regularly published by the Treasury Department, here.
For any other questions or concerns, please contact Emery Real Bird at Emery@nafoa.org or (202) 945-7750.

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