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Information and updates about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Update as of Dec. 4, 2020:

The County is finalizing distribution of the federal CARES Act funds received from the state. A second call for individual grants (for childcare assistance or virtual learning assistance) was made and closed on Nov. 20, 2020. The applications are being reviewed.

The County received authorization to distribute its remaining funds to previous applicants who applied for business grants. As a result, the County is now in the process of providing an additional $480,000 to community members and businesses.

Previous news release posted Nov. 4, 2020 - New application period for CARES Funding opens Friday, Nov. 6th, for childcare assistance and/or virtual learning assistance:

Beginning Friday, November 6th at 8:00 a.m., Los Alamos County will open the application period for individuals to apply for Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) funding received from the Federal Government and disbursed through the State of New Mexico’s Department of Finance Administration (DFA) to local governments. The application period will close in two weeks, on Friday, November 20th at 5:00 p.m.

Individuals impacted by COVID-19 since March 1, 2020 who reside in Los Alamos County and meet income qualifications, will be able to complete an application for childcare assistance, and/or virtual learning assistance. On Friday, the County will post the two applications on this page in a fillable PDF form.

For the childcare assistance program, residents that have experienced a COVID-19 related financial hardship and meet income qualifications, can apply for both reimbursements of childcare costs, or outstanding balances due to a qualified childcare facility.

Los Alamos County is also offering a one-time grant award to help with virtual schooling during COVID-19 to Los Alamos County residents with school age children who are attending virtual schooling and reside in the Los Alamos Public School District. These awards will range from $100-$500 per household and are dependent upon income and residency qualifications.

Because of the ongoing pandemic, applicants are asked to e-mail their applications to the County for processing. The County will assess the number of applications received against funds available and the needs of the community outlined in the applications.

“The results of the initial individual award program has given us an opportunity to open up a second round of awards where we did not see a large initial response but know there is still a need in the community to assist with,” said Donna Casados, Social Services Manager.

Questions and applications for the individual Emergency Grants can be sent to CARESassistance@lacnm.us or by calling 505-663-1966 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Previous Update on Oct. 28, 2020 - County begins issuing award letters to individuals and small businesses who qualified for first round of CARES funding

The County has concluded its initial review of all applications for the Individual Emergency and Small Business Grant programs.  

“We have concluded a rigorous review of eligibility criteria and completeness of all required documentation to start the award process,” said Helen Perraglio, Chief Financial Officer, “We are finalizing the review of the small business awards and began issuing award letters this week, and we have concluded the first round of individual emergency awards which have all been sent out.” 

Donna Casados, Social Services Manager, said they executed 34 awards for individual assistance related to housing, utilities, or childcare assistance, totaling $145,547.74 in payments mailed out this week.

“Plans for the remaining balance of the initial $656,250 in COVID-19 Emergency Grant to Local Governments for individual assistance are in discussion to fully utilize the award by the end of the eligibility period of December 30, 2020,” Casados said.

Paul Andrus, Community Development Director, has issued notification of award or non-award letters under the small business continuity program this week after the conclusion of the evaluation process.

“We have worked closely with applicants to continue to provide the necessary documentation to help determine eligibility requirements under the program and are almost complete with just a handful of applications still pending final review and determination,” said Andrus. “We do plan to disburse the full amount of the $1,065,000 award for the small business program, with the applications we received.”

Deputy County Manager Steven Lynne indicated that some of the most crucial eligibility criteria involved substantiating “severe business curtailment” due to a governor mandated shutdown as a result of COVID-19. 

“We applied a consistent calculation to determine if an entity had 10% or greater impact to revenues for the time frame of March-August 2019 compared with March-August 2020,” Lynne explained. “If an entity did not meet that calculated requirement, we then looked for business re-design costs to allow for reimbursement of efforts that businesses undertook to reduce the spread of COVID-19 if they were not required to shut down, or did not experience a severe curtailment.”  

Lynne reiterated the County’s earlier stance that the goal was to maximize awards to as many as possible needing assistance and therefore had to apply certain caps on amounts to meet the needs of the community. Individual awards were capped at a maximum of $10,000. Small businesses were placed into four categories based on size with caps ranging from $22,500 up to $75,000. 

Earlier in September, Los Alamos County officials were notified that the County had been awarded over $1.7 million under a COVID-19 Emergency Grant to Local Governments for individual assistance and small businesses. Throughout the application review process, County staff worked with the NM Department of Finance & Administration officials on clarifying questions as they were received. The County responded rapidly to move ahead with the disbursement of funds, opening a two-week application process, holding informational online meetings, posting fillable application forms, answering phone calls and emails, as well as following up with applicants to provide additional information, and now have issued awards and/ or determination letters to applicants under both programs.

“We have put extensive work into reviewing, evaluating, and awarding the funds as quickly as possible and within the requirements of the CARES Act, and we appreciate everyone’s participation," Lynne said.

**end of press release**  
The Federal Treasury released additional CARES Act funding information and FAQs on Sept. 3 that may be useful to individuals and small businesses: 
https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares/state-and-local-governments

Contact info: Send an email to:

CARESassistance@lacnm.us (for individual grants questions)

CARESbusiness@lacnm.us (for business grants questions)

CARES - Utility Grant Program


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