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County opens CARES Act applications

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After a week's delay, Greene County yesterday opened up applications for $34 million in funding provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

The application launch was delayed from July 13 as county officials conducted additional testing on the process.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we worked through some needed additional testing of the application to make sure the process worked as smoothly as possible for users,” said Lyle Foster, grants administrator for the county, in a news release. “We will continue to move forward as planned with the review and scoring of the applications as they are received.”

Nonprofit and community organizations are the first allowed to submit applications – now, through July 23. They're followed by health care organizations July 24-29; small businesses July 29-Aug. 3; educational institutions July 31-Aug. 5; and taxpayer-supported entities Aug. 5-10.

The county is accepting applications through its website. A sample application uploaded last week shows a variety of COVID-19 questions, such as whether a business has been forced to drastically reduce operations due to the pandemic.

The county is focusing the federal funds on medical, public health, payroll, COVID-19 compliance, provisional support and other COVID-19-related expenses, according to the county's website.

The county must distribute the funding by year's end, a requirement under the CARES Act.

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