Tulsa County Working To Allocate All CARES Act Funding Before Federal Deadline


Wednesday, December 9th 2020, 9:29 pm
By: Chinh Doan


TULSA, Okla. -

Time is running out for CARES Act funding to be used before it goes back to the government.

Tulsa County has allocated about 90% of the total funding that has to be used by the end of the month. Meanwhile, the city of Tulsa has allocated about half of its money, but the city is not required to have a deadline.

The federal government gave Tulsa County $113, 690,799.60 million from the CARES Act in April. Here's a breakdown of how the review committee in Tulsa County has allocated the money so far: 

Small Businesses: $32,256,886

Nonprofits: $11,210,836

Tulsa Housing Authority: $9,011,506

Tulsa Health Department: $3,759,411

Other: $28,383,726

Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith said it's important to make sure the 10% of funding that hasn't been allocated yet is done so by the federal deadline.

"Those funds help working parents find safe and secure locations where their children could distance learn and to provide those facing evictions with rental assistance,” said Keith.

Meanwhile, the City of Tulsa does not have a deadline. Tulsa's Chief of Economic Development Kian Kamas explained it is due to the funding coming from the State of Oklahoma Coronavirus Relief Funds, which got its money from the CARES Act.

"The majority of the fund we received came through the state, and we actually received them as reimbursement for public safety expense costs that we incurred as result of COVID-19,” said Kamas. “So, now that those funds have returned, based upon budget needs in the city's overall budget, we determined how they're appropriated."

The city has allocated about half of its $41.8 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds:

Connect Tulsa ($5,625,408)

Homelessness Response ($3,815,320)

Facility Safety Modifications ($1,235,000)

Outdoor Business Capacity Expansion Program ($675,000)

Financial Empowerment Centers and Financial Navigators ($215,000)

School Support Program ($110,000)

Enhanced Sanitation Efforts ($94,550)

Tulsa Fire Department Necessary Equipment ($73,568)

COVID-19 City Personnel ($191,510)

Rapid Flu Testing & Strep Kits for City of Tulsa employees ($33,906)

Retrain Tulsa ($3,190,250)

36 Degrees North at City Hall ($1,250,000)

12&12 Treatment Plan ($252,000)

ESG: Emergency Solutions Grant ($2,334,548)

CDBG: Community Development Block Grant ($1,468,008)

HOPWA: Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS ($86,391)

Full breakdown of the City of Tulsa’s CARES funding allocation and how to apply for help can be found here.

You can find details on Tulsa County’s CARES Funding here.