COVID-19 expense relief available for local governments

URBANA, Ill. - The Local Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency Support Program, CURE, is federally funded through the Coronavirus Relief Fund and reimburses local governments for costs specifically related to the COVID-19 public health emergency incurred since March 1, not previously budgeted for. There is a limited time to apply. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity opened applications July 6, and the closing date is July 17.

University of Illinois Extension, with the Illinois Association of County Board Members, Office of Governor JB Pritzer, and the DCEO, will host a free, online webinar at 10 a.m. July 10. Registration is required. 

Examples of eligible reimbursements include costs for temporary public medical facilities; COVID-19 testing; emergency medical response; public health (including COVID-19-related communication); payroll for public safety, public health, health care, and human services; and actions taken to facilitate compliance with COVID-19 related public health measures.

 If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Nancy Ouedraogo at

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SOURCE: Nancy Ouedraogo, Community and Economic Development Specialist, University of Illinois Extension
WRITER: Judy Mae Bingman, Communication Manager, University of Illinois Extension