Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program


The Arkansas Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program will provide funding to assist eligible state level 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). Priority will be given to municipalities/counties that were identified as ineligible to apply directly to Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). Entities who are eligible to apply directly to DOJ/BJA are eligible to apply. All applying entities must have an active DUNS.

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


Request For Application (RFA) and Submission Information:

Subaward Information – COVID-19 Long-Term Response (Phase II) – Open

Click Here For RFA and Forms Phase II 

Total Award Amount Available-Phase II*:                            Estimated $3,000,000
Project Start Date:                                                               October 1, 2021
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.