Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program

The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program will provide funding to assist eligible states and local units of government in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus.

Guidelines from the CARES Act: Funds may only be used for the following:

  • For necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19)
  • For expenditures that were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act) for the State or government
  • For expenditures incurred during the period that begins on March 1,2020 and ends on December 31, 2021

Please Note:  Funds may not be used to fill shortfalls in government revenue to cover expenditures that would not otherwise qualify under the statute.

Permissible uses of Funds
Funds awarded under the CESF Program must be utilized to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. Allowable projects and purchases include, but are not limited to, overtime, equipment (including law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment), hiring, supplies (such as gloves, masks, sanitizer), training, travel expenses (particularly related to the distribution of resources to the most impacted areas), and addressing the medical needs of inmates in state and local prisons, jails, and detention centers.

Click Here For More Details On Allowable Items For COVID-19

Click Here For More Details On Unallowable Items For COVID-19

Click Here For CESF Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Eligibility Information

Eligible entities are State agencies and local jurisdictions (municipalities/counties). For local jurisdictions, priority will be given to municipalities/counties that were identified as ineligible to apply directly to Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). All applying entities must have an active DUNS.

Click Here For List Who Are Eligible To Apply Directly to DOJ/BJA

PLEASE NOTE:In Phase II, previous subrecipients who were awarded in Phase I may request funding to recover any expenses not funded/reimbursed in the Phase I awarded amount. The Phase I expenses must be within the project period and are allowable.  The previous subrecipients may apply for both Phase I and Phase II funds. For instructions, please see the RFA Budget Information Section.

Request For Application (RFA) and Submission Information:

Click Here For COVID19 Phase II RFA and Forms

Subaward Information – COVID-19 Long-Term Response (Phase II) – Open
Request For Application (RFA) Submission                May 7, 2021 to June 7, 2021
RFA Due Date:                                                            June 7, 2021
Maximum number of subawards expected to make*: N/A
Total Award Amount Available-Phase II*:                   $4,987,426.00
Project Start Date:                                                      July 7, 2021 (or prior for Phase I applicants)
Expenditure Period:                                                    Expires December 31, 2021
                                                                                    (Not to surpass December 31, 2021)

*The number of awards and amounts of subawards are based on the availability of funding. Awards will be allocated based on the funding levels, the availability of funding, and the justification of need.