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$34.4 Million in Greene County CARES Act Funds To Be Split By Category

KSMU-Ozarks Public Radio


Greene County officials have set specific amounts for how much money each of five categories will receive of the county’s share of federal CARES Act relief funding.


Greene County’s share of that CARES Act funding is $34.4 million total, and applications are rolling in now.

The Greene County Commission has split funding areas into five categories:

  • Taxpayer funded organizations - $6.5 million
  • Small businesses - $6.5 million
  • Nonprofits and community organizations - $5 million
  • Health care - $8 million
  • Education $4.6 million

John Russell, one of the Greene County commissioners, said at a press conference Friday there’s some funding that doesn’t fall into a specific category yet.

“We’ve also held a 10% contingency, so roughly $3.4 million, to consider possible emergencies or other needs that might arise in the fall,” Russell said.

A county spokeswoman, Donna Barton, said officials arrived at those figures after learning the COVID-19 priorities from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and what they knew to be local community needs.

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department, which is leading the charge in the local coronavirus response effort, will be considered under the Health Care category, Barton said. 

Here is the full application window schdule to request aid.

  • Not for Profit/Community Organizations - July 20-23
  • Health Care - July 24-29
  • Small Businesses - July 29-August 3
  • Education - July 31-August 5
  • Taxpayer Supported Entities - August 5-10

You can learn more about the application process, and the advisory committee that's sifting through those applications, by clicking on the story below, "Greene County Commission Outlines Transparency, Equity Goals as CARES Act Applications Roll In."

Josh Conaway is a graduate of Missouri State University with a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in International Affairs. He works as a news reporter and announcer at KSMU. His favorite part of the job is exploring the rich diversity of the Ozarks and meeting people with interesting stories to share. He has a passion for history and running.
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