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As part of the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), a Coronavirus Relief Fund (the Fund) was established to be used to make payments for specified uses to States and certain local governments. From the Fund, Fort Bend County received $134,262,393 from the State of Texas and Missouri City is eligible to receive up to $3,763,760.
In the past month, staff met with several regional organizations including the MPACT group, an Emergency Response & Disaster Recovery Consulting Firm that specializes in federal grant management services, to review and compile various projects that could be eligible for Fund disbursements. A full overview of the proposals was presented to City Council at the July 20 Special Virtual Meeting. To watch the full discussion, please click this link: https://bit.ly/30tTsQE.
To further gauge the needs of the MCTX community, staff created a survey to engage residents, businesses and stakeholders in the process. Interested individuals are encouraged to share their input on the proposed projects by taking the online survey via this link: https://bit.ly/31zXMxi.
Once the survey process is complete, the feedback will be reviewed by the City Council and Staff before the funds are allocated to the proposed assistance projects.
The City has also received several questions regarding the CARES Act Funds, and to address those inquiries, staff has compiled below frequently asked questions:
$3,763,760; the City would be required to make expenditures up front before receiving reimbursements.
CARES Act funding expires Dec. 30, 2020; all funds must be expended by that time frame or returned to the federal government.
The CARES Act provides that payments from the Fund may only be used to cover costs that:
Local municipalities cannot use funds that duplicate assistance provided through other federal government efforts.
To prevent duplication of efforts with the Counties, Missouri City programs will be launched after the counties have exhausted all funds or their program is concluded. Once the City’s programs are fully outlined, and the criteria and guidelines are complete, they will be shared with residents and businesses. In the meantime, citizens may apply for the County assistance programs via the below links.
Interested individuals are encouraged to voice their feedback through the online survey via this link: https://bit.ly/31zXMxi.
To view a list of proposed projects, click this link: https://bit.ly/3fH3ySB.
To view a list of priority projects, click this link: https://bit.ly/31F4IZQ.
Projects are still being finalized; but the final choices will be prioritized based on input from the community through the online survey, City Council, City Managers, City Department Directors, the Emergency Management Coordinator and the MPACT Group (COVID and Emergency Response Consultants).
To see full distributions, including those for cities in Fort Bend County, click this link: https://bit.ly/3a3gNvF.
It is unknown at this time if the Federal Government will release additional funds or an extension for current funds.
For the purposes of a small business assistance program the City is defining small business as a for profit business having 50 employees or less.
The City will have an application period that will open to citizens/businesses and close once capacity for the funds are exhausted. Any program for CARES Funding will be based on the availability of funds and will be on a first come first served basis to verified qualifying applications as required by to be determined through a formal application and funding process and agreements.
There will be responsibilities of the fund recipients to comply with the requirements and designated uses of funds according to CARES Act.
Yes, it is open to both type of companies.
Once priorities are finalized staff will identify the department and the contact for each of the projects.
Once priority projects are finalized, staff will work on the disbursements process. For all other priorities, Financial Services has set internal expenditures.
For more information about Missouri City, please watch the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat—@MissouriCityTX and Nextdoor, watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse) or download the MCTX Mobile app (available for free in Google Play and the Apple app store).