NASHVILLE — Hundreds of Tennessee towns, cities and local governments will be able to apply starting April 30 for their share of the state's one-time $200 million infrastructure and COVID-19 relief emergency funding, Gov. Bill Lee announced Monday.
None of the money is available until July 1, when the state's 2020-2021 budget takes effect. And none can be used for recurring expenses by local governments.
Read Gov. Lee's grants for cities in TennesseeView
"Capital maintenance, public safety and road projects don't pause for disasters like the March tornadoes and the COVID-19 pandemic," Lee said in a news release. "This grant fund will ease the burden on local governments as they work to meet infrastructure and safety obligations."
Lee initially recommended $100 million for counties and municipalities in his original budget.
As the COVID-19 global pandemic erupted, Lee and lawmakers added another $100 million to help local governments. Of the $200 million, half is going to counties, while the remaining $100 million will go to towns and cities.
Funding is based on population as published by the U.S. Census Bureau. Each county will receive at least $500,000, and each city or municipality will receive at least $30,000.
The three metro governments (Davidson, Moore and Trousdale) will receive one combined allocation.
Read Gov. Lee's grants for counties in TennesseeView
Funds may be used for road projects, internet technology upgrades, capital maintenance, utility system upgrades and public safety projects.
Certain disaster-related expenses are also eligible for funding. And one-time expenses related to COVID-19 are eligible, with the list including supply and equipment purchases, cleaning, emergency food and shelter programs.
Counties affected by the March 2020 tornadoes— including Benton, Carroll, Davidson, Gibson, Putnam, Smith, and Wilson counties— may also use the funds for tornado relief efforts.
How much will area governments receive?
HAMILTON COUNTY: $3,324,961
East Ridge: $493,967
Lookout Mountain: $71,180
Red Bank: $289,635
Signal Mountain: $219,061
BLEDSOE COUNTY: $1,035,446 *
BRADLEY COUNTY: $1,327,645
GRUNDY COUNTY: $1,024,520 *
Beersheba Springs: $40,107
Tracy City: $60,808
MARION COUNTY: $721,593
New Hope: $53,216
Powells Crossroads: $59,837
South Pittsburg: $96,603
MCMINN COUNTY: $913,214
POLK COUNTY: $631,040
RHEA COUNTY: $756,249
Spring City: $71,158
SEQUATCHIE COUNTY: $615,360
VAN BUREN COUNTY: $965,731*
Source: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's office
* indicates distressed county
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