On June 11, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, Council President Shannon G. Hardin, and Councilmember Priscilla Tyson announced additional funding in the sum of $17.2 million for human services programs through the CARES Act.
$2.2 of the $17.2 million has already been allocated to 44 human services programs that were selected in 2019. The money is being used this year in place of the bed tax revenue, which was lost on not hosting major events this year.
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The $15 million that remains will be used for human services COVID-19 support grants, in which human services programs can apply starting tomorrow. City officials will distribute the grants that will provide “access to residents’ basic needs as well as increasing the capacity of Columbus Human Service providers.”
In response to COVID-19, the city of Columbus received $157 million in funding through the CARES Act.