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 separate taxing agencies have been made as part of Cook County’s ongoing intent to support those responding to the public health emergency of COVID-19. Select separate taxing agencies were determined by Cook County and include the following: Library Districts, Cook County Fire Protection Districts, the Municipal Water Reclamation District and the Forest Preserves of Cook County.  These select separate taxing agencies must apply directly to Cook County to receive funds.  Approval of funds will be contingent on meeting Federal Treasury eligibility requirements.  Library Districts are asked to complete the Library District Intergovernmental Agreement and Application document. All other select separate taxing agencies mentioned above use the same application and follow the same application processes as Cook County suburban municipalities.  If you are separate taxing agency within Cook County and you are not one of the select separate taxing agencies named above, then you are not eligible tor receive funding at this time.

**The deadline for all Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) applications is October 30, 2020. This deadline applies to Suburban Municipalities and Separate Taxing Agencies receiving an allocation.**

Information and application guidance can be found below by clicking on the bold document name.

Application Guidance and FAQs

This document has answers to commonly asked questions about the application process.  If you have any specific questions not addressed in this document please email

Additionally, the Bureau of Finance Project Management Office (PMO) will conduct a weekly webinar to support municipalities as they complete their applications. Webinars will be held Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Please click on the webinar date to view a copy of that day's presentation. The presentation is also available in the downloads section of this page. 

July 21, 10 a.m. CDT  - Click to view the July 21 webinar.  If a municipality did not attend this webinar it will need to register to view. If a municipality did attend, it will need to sign in to be able to view.

July 28, 10 a.m. CDT

August 4, 10 a.m. CDT

August 11, 10 a.m. CDT

August 18, 10 a.m. CDT

August 25, 10 a.m. CDT

September 1, 10 a.m. CDT

September 8, 10 a.m. CDT

September 15, 10 a.m. CDT

The Cook County Bureau of Finance PMO team will provide information on the eligibility of COVID-19 related expenses as well as guidance on how to adequately complete the CRF funding application. Anticipated attendees include city managers, mayors, and relevant finance or grants staff. PMO staff will be available to answer questions related to CRF eligibility and the Cook County funding process.

Suburban Cook County Application Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF)

To submit an application for reimbursement of your CRF-eligible funding, complete an Application for Direct Funding Request and submit via email to Instructions for completing this document are contained in the application.

Library District Intergovernmental Agreement and Application 

To submit an application for reimbursement of your library district’s CRF-eligible expenses, complete the Library District Intergovernmental Agreement and Application and submit via email to This document is both an intergovernmental agreement and the application for funding itself. Pursuant to 5 ILCS 220/5, each library district must submit a resolution or ordinance along with their IGA evidencing that the governing body of that library district has approved the IGA. Click here for a sample application or visit the download section to the right of this page. 

Intergovernmental Agreement

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. 

Vendor ID Form

A completed Vendor ID form must be included with any CRF Application. Click here to access the Vendor ID form.

Equity Distibution White Paper

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.

COVID-19 Financial Response Plan Presentation 

This document provides a presentation detailing Cook County's comprehensive pandemic response efforts including economic development efforts, governance structure and allocation methodology.

Notice of Intent 

All Subrecipients must indicate to the County by September 30, 2020, if it expects to fully expend all of its allocated funds by December 30, 2020. If a subrecipient reports to Cook County that it anticipates spending less than its entire allocation, the County will reduce the subrecipient’s total allocation by the anticipated unused amount and direct that the unused portion be reallocated by Cook County to cover COVID-19 necessary expenditures where Cook County deems fit. Please fill out the notice of intent and email to