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How federal agencies get pandemic relief out the door

In order to get pandemic relief funding out the door quickly, federal agencies are primarily using new and existing federal contracts and financial assistance awards to distribute the money. Do you know the difference? Here are the details.

$2 billion in new funding for transportation services. Here's the breakdown.

Motorcoach, school bus, passenger vessel, and pilotage companies impacted by the pandemic are eligible to receive up to $2 billion in grants under the Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS).

Did disadvantaged individuals benefit from Paycheck Protection loans?

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was a new Small Business Administration (SBA) loan program created by the CARES Act to help small businesses keep their workers on payroll. The program provided a total of $798.7 billion to 11.7 million businesses, keeping around 90 million jobs on payroll.

$3.2 billion to help low-income households access the internet. Here's how.

When the pandemic hit, broadband access became crucial for keeping Americans safe and connected. Households relied heavily on home internet for online school, work, and medical appointments. The sudden shift highlighted the glaring inequality in home internet availability to underserved communities.

4.1 million PPP loans were forgiven. Here's why.

More than 11.8 million Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans were issued as of June 30, 2021, with 708 borrowers receiving the maximum loan amount of $10 million.

State and local governments spent $150B. Then got $350B more. Follow the money.

The $350 billion Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) included in the American Rescue Plan provides direct payments to eligible state, local, territory, and Tribal governments for local pandemic response efforts. These payments are in addition to the $150 billion distributed in March 2020 from the CARES Act.

Who are prime recipients and sub-recipients?

In short, prime recipients receive money directly from the federal government. The prime recipients may then pay some of the money they received to other entities for goods or services. These entities are sub-recipients.

Two weeks. Under 20 employees. How many businesses got Paycheck Protection Program loans?

Between February 24 and March 9, 2021, only small businesses and non-profits with fewer than twenty employees could apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Our data shows more than 436,438 loans totaling $13.8 billion were approved during that two-week window.

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What has each state spent in rental assistance?

Millions of Americans have struggled to pay rent during the pandemic, and now face the possibility of eviction. To help meet this need, Congress created the Emergency Rental Assistance program in December 2020, making $24 billion available to state and local governments to help households pay rent or utilities.
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