CARES Act Information & Application
Cook County received approximately $429 million from the U.S. Treasury from the CARES Act. Under the Act, units of local government with a population exceeding 500,000 are eligible to receive this funding and can distribute these funds to municipalities under this threshold for direct expenses related to coronavirus. Per the CARES Act, these funds are NOT eligible for loss of revenues many local jurisdictions are unfortunately facing and only authorized for direct COVID-19 expenses. Cook County has chosen to allocate $51 million of this relief among the municipalities located within Cook County.
Allocations to each municipality were determined through an equitable lens, with factors that included, but that were not limited to the following: immediate needs of the municipality to respond to the pandemic, municipal population, municipal median income and municipal public health statistics. It is important to note that each municipality must apply for this funding allocation and such allocation will be contingent on eligible cost reimbursement. Information for the application process can be found on this page.
Additional allocations to select other units of local government have been made as part of Cook County’s ongoing intent to support those responding to the public health emergency of COVID-19. Select units of local government were determined by Cook County and include the following: Library Districts, Cook County Fire Protection Districts, Park Districts, Townships, the Municipal Water Reclamation District, and the Forest Preserves of Cook County. These select units of local government must apply directly to Cook County to receive funds. Approval of funds will be contingent on meeting Federal Treasury eligibility requirements.If you are a unit of local government within Cook County and you are not one of the select units of local government named above, then you are not eligible for receive funding at this time.
**The deadline for all Cook County units of local government to submit for Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) applications was October 30, 2020. Suburban Municipalities can apply for CRF reimbursement of $12,000 in additional CRF-eligible expenses through November 13, 2020.
Information and application guidance can be found below by clicking on the bold document name.
This section has answers to commonly asked questions about the application process. If you have any specific questions not addressed in this document please email email@example.com.
To submit an application for reimbursement of your CRF-eligible funding, complete an Application for Direct Funding Request and submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Instructions for completing this document are contained in the application.
This document is an intergovernmental agreement. Subrecipients must include a signed Intergovernmental Agreement with their CRF Application. Pursuant to 5 ILCS 220/5, each organization must submit a resolution or ordinance along with their IGA evidencing that the governing body of that municipality has approved the IGA.
This document provides a description of the funding allocation model developed by Cook County and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, along with descriptions of the decision-making process used to develop the Sub-Grantee Allocation Method.
This document provides a presentation detailing Cook County's comprehensive pandemic response efforts including economic development efforts, governance structure and allocation methodology.