Township Resource Links
One *free* CARES Act webinar remains and will take place Friday, September 25: "Subgranting of CARES Act Funding." CARES Act webinars were coordinated by the Ohio Township Association, the Ohio Municipal League, the Ohio Mayors Alliance, and the County Commissioners Association of Ohio (as well as the Ohio Office of Budget and Management) in order to provide public servants with the most accurate, helpful information possible when interacting with CARES Act funds. See below for details! (Keep scrolling to view the recording of the first webinar, "CARES Act Uses.")
Subgranting of CARES Act Funding
Friday, September 25 @ 1 p.m.
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The Ohio Township Association, Ohio Municipal League, Ohio Mayors Alliance, and County Commissioners Association of Ohio invite you to join the Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) to discuss the processes and procedures of subgranting CARES Act funds to other entities. This webinar will cover requirements under the CARES Act, how to establish a subgrant, innovative uses of CARES Act funds with other entities, and best practices for local governments looking to share resources or partner with other entities to deliver programs with CARES Act dollars.
CARES Act Resource Packet
The OTA encourages townships to accept CARES Act funds, as townships may face future expenses and/or federal guidelines may change on the use of these funds. In mid-September, the OTA compiled and mailed a packet of information about the CARES Act to township fiscal officers. That packet included an overview of the CARES Act; examples of eligible uses from across the state; step-by-step guidance on receiving the funds; information on subgranting funding; information on audit procedures; and more. Access that packet here.
While OTA information should not be construed as legal counsel, the OTA's hope is that this packet is valuable and serves as a one-stop-shop for township's CARES Act questions. As always, townships are encouraged to work with their legal counsel for questions and interpretations of legal requirements.
CARES Act Uses Webinar
As a township official, you may be wondering what expenses are eligible under the CARES Act and how this money can benefit your community. On September 18, Greg Beck, attorney with Baker, Dublikar, Beck, Wiley & Mathews, provided an overview of eligible uses and answered your questions, all via webinar. View that webinar here.
Step-by-Step Guidance for Receiving CARES Act Funds
STEP 1: Pass a Resolution
HB 481 requires each township to adopt a resolution affirming that funds received may be expended only to cover costs consistent with the requirements of section 5001 of the "Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act," as described in 42 U.S.C. 601(d), and any applicable regulations. The resolution shall be filed with the county auditor and sent to OBM. Once your county auditor receives your resolution, funds should be transfer to your township. Don't forget to create a separate account named the Local Coronavirus Relief Fund, as CARES Act funding cannot be comingled with other funds. The OTA has worked with OBM on a sample resolution that a township may pass. You may access it here.
STEP 2: Register with OBM
STEP 3: Be Mindful of Deadlines
Deadlines are listed out and explained in the July 16 PDF, along with more information about the steps above.
- US Treasury CARES Act FAQ
- Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) CARES Act FAQ
- Subgranting CARES Act Funding
- Ohio Auditor of State Coronavirus FAQ
- Sample Policies (pulled from the June 1 COVID-19 update email):
The OTA's informational coronavirus emails are listed below. The emails contain sample policies, legislative updates and more related to COVID-19 and its impact on Ohio's townships.
U.S. Treasury Guidance on CARES Act Funding
Click here to view Treasury Guidance on CARES Act funding. This document has been updated several times, so please click their website frequently for the latest information.
The Office of Budget and Management hosted an informational webinar on the CARES Act on July 22. The webinar provided an update on recent US Treasury guidance and discussed examples of eligible uses of funds. If you missed it, you may review the recording here.
(please note that while the OTA strives to update this page, the most reliable and updated information will be found on the individual website of each entity and state office):
The guidance at the link above is based on recommendations from the Ohio Funeral Directors Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Ohio Department of Health.
The Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers, Ohio Cemetery Dispute Resolution Commission, Ohio Department of Commerce-Real Estate and Ohio Funeral Directors Association recognize the need for guidance for families as they collaborate with funeral directors in planning a safe memorial ceremony for their loved ones. The linked document (above) outlines best practices for families to consider, ensuring safety for themselves, their family and their friends.
Click here to view a helpful guide/chart from Guernsey County Prosecutor Joel Blue regarding public meetings during COVID-19.
Employee Rights (under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act)
Resources from the DOL for Deathcare Workers and Employers (found near the bottom of the page)
DAS Cooperative Purchasing Program (fees and requirements have been temporarily waived)
This fact sheet provides an overview of the FEMA Public Assistance application process for recipients and applicants requesting reimbursement related to federal emergency and major disaster declarations for Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). FEMA is simplifying the Public Assistance application and funding process to address the magnitude of this event and allow local officials to receive eligible funding more quickly. For more information, visit FEMA's COVID-19 page.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has cut red tape related to obtaining or renewing commercial drivers licenses (CDLs) and other licenses that are vital to the efficient movement of essential goods across the state and country, while ensuring that safety standards are still being followed. Click here to view the waiver from the U.S. Department of Transportation.