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Townships can seek specific funding from the state’s portion of the federal CARES Act stimulus funding. Senate Bill 690 , sponsored by Sen. Jim Stamas (R-Midland Chtr. Twp.), appropriates approximately $880 million of the $3.1 billion allocated to the state for various COVID-19 related items.
There are three programs for which townships may apply:
- Public Safety and Public Health Payroll Reimbursement Program (deadline: July 17)
- First Responder Hazard Pay Premium (deadline: Sept. 30)
- Water Utility Assistance (details yet to be announced)
Public Safety and Public Health Payroll Reimbursement Program
Your township can be reimbursed for certain public safety and public health payroll expenditures. Public Act 123 of 2020 appropriated $200 million of federal CARES Act funding for reimbursement to local units of government for April and May 2020 public safety and public health payroll expenses. Your township MUST apply by July 17, 2020, to the Michigan Department of Treasury.
The application packet for the Public Safety and Public Health Payroll Reimbursement Program was released on July 8. The document provides guidance to local units of government on applying for Coronavirus Relief Funding under the program. To receive reimbursement, eligible units must review, complete and sign the entire application packet. Pages 1 through 15 must be returned to the Michigan Department of Treasury via email or fax, as outlined in the document.
Allocations for the public safety and public health payroll expenditures, to be distributed by Sept. 18, 2020, will be based on the local unit of governments' eligible submitted expenditures, with prorated payments if the total exceeds the appropriation. Expenditures are not eligible for reimbursement if other federal funding covered the expenses (i.e., FEMA).
The program will potentially have two application rounds. If funding is available after the first application round is completed, a second application round will be available for reimbursement of the June and July 2020 eligible payroll expenditures.
First Responder Hazard Pay Premium
Your township can receive reimbursement for up to $1,000 per eligible first responder for hazard pay premiums under the First Responder Hazard Pay Premiums Program. Public Act 123 of 2020 appropriated $100 million of federal CARES Act funding for reimbursement to local units of government to reimburse and/or pay for qualifying first responder hazard pay premiums provided to first responders who performed hazardous duty or work involving physical hardship related to COVID‐19. Funding is available for payments to be made by Sept. 30, 2020, and/or reimbursement for payments previously paid by the township to eligible first responders.
The application packet for the First Responder Hazard Pay Premiums Program was released July 8 by the Michigan Department of Treasury. The document provides guidance to local units of government on applying for Coronavirus Relief Funding under the program. Applications will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis prior to Sept. 30—so submit your application as soon as possible.
Townships, cities, villages, counties, public airport operators and certain ambulance operators can receive/be reimbursed up to $1,000 per eligible employee, with no single applicant receiving more than $5 million. First responders eligible for hazard pay premiums under the program include law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, 9-1-1 operators, local government correction officers, and private EMTs and paramedics who contract with municipalities (and are paid through the applicant).
To receive reimbursement, eligible units must review, complete and sign the entire application packet. Pages 1 through 15 must be returned to the Michigan Department of Treasury via email or fax, as outlined in the document. An application is deemed submitted when all required supporting documentation has been emailed or faxed to the department.
Grant award for the First Responder Hazard Pay Premiums Program must be paid by Sept. 30, 2020, by the local unit.
Water Utility Assistance
$25 million to reimburse water utility providers for providing bill forgiveness for arrearages and fees incurred by residential water customers during the COVID-19 state of emergency and for providing a 25 percent discount on the total water bill for eligible customers through the end of December 2020. Reimbursement for each arrearage would be capped at $700. MTA will provide additional application information when it is available.
Your township must be registered at SAM.gov and have a DUNS number to complete the application:
- To do any type of business with the federal government, including applying for grants, your township needs to register in the System for Award Management (SAM) at www.sam.gov. There is NO fee to register for this site. A SAM Quick Start Guide for Grantees is available. It is strongly recommended that if your township is registered at SAM.gov, you do not make any changes so as not to delay your application with the Michigan Department of Treasury.
- All federal grant or loan opportunities require the township to have a DUNS number, which you can get through SAM.gov or directly at the Dun & Bradstreet website. Dun & Bradstreet provides a D-U-N-S Number, a unique nine digit identification number, for each physical location of your business. DUNS Number assignment is FREE for all businesses required to register with the U.S. federal government for contracts or grants.
For additional information or clarification, Treasury has established a CARES Grant Programs Hotline at 517-335-0155 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Contact MTA with questions, and watch for updates as they become available.