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CCAO published a document to assist counties in determining eligible Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) usage.

House Bill 481, signed by Gov. Mike DeWine in June, directs the Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) to disburse $350 million in CRF to Ohio political subdivisions. Counties can use CRF resources to address immediate county needs for responding to the pandemic, and also to assist organizations and residents in the county with their responses to the public health challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and to the economic challenges caused by business interruptions.

Click here to review that document and learn more about possible ways to use the funds. Examples of the county’s own needs include cleaning and sanitation supplies, personal protective equipment, and implementing physical barriers to improve social distancing measures. Other COVID-19 expenses reasonably necessary to the function of government and to facilitate compliance with public health orders are eligible expenses. CRF resources cannot be used for revenue replacement.