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August 13, 2020 - Governor Laura Kelly Announces Second Round of CARES Act Funding Applications to Open August 19 at 12:00 p.m.  

See Governor Kelly's press release

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The application period for the EllisCARES application expired on Monday, August 3 at 12:00 PM.

Ellis County has created ELLISCARES to help develop plans for distributing $5.7 million in CARES Act funding.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Ellis County has received $5.7 million in federal funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act in July. The Ellis County Commission will need to approve the plan at its meeting on August 10 so that the approved plan can be submitted to the State by August 15. The money needs to be spent by December 30, 2020, or it will be returned to the State of Kansas.

Ellis County Administration and Emergency Management employees are working closely with partner agencies in the Ellis County Think Tank Team to identify eligible expenditures for these funds in accordance with the guidelines developed by the U.S. Treasury and the State of Kansas.

There are two categories for the funding:

  • Reimbursement - The county can collect invoices and receipts for expenses between March 1 and July 31 and submit those for reimbursement.
  • Direct Aid Plan - The county can develop plans for how they intend to use funds for direct aid.

According to state guidelines, priority must be given to medical and public health expenses. Such expenses include: testing, personal protective equipment, sanitizing products and telemedicine in addition to payroll and benefits for public safety and medical staff.

CARES Act funding also may be spent on items such as grants to assist small businesses and nonprofits, employment training programs, school and community feeding programs, and facilitation of distance learning.

CARES Act funding cannot duplicate or replace expenses that have been or will be reimbursed under any other federal program. Organizations that will be requesting reimbursements and/or participation in the Direct Aid Plan will need to submit documentation of the other federal funding.

To learn more, visit the state’s county resources and guidance website.

Related Document(s):
EllisCARES Flyer
EllisCARES Think Tank
County Coronavirus Relief Fund FAQ from State of Kansas

Media Contact
J. D. Cox, Ellis County Administrator