Governor Ivey Awards COVID-19 Community Development Block Grants to Blount, Limestone, Autauga and Franklin Counties
MONTGOMERY, AL (STL.News) Governor Kay Ivey has awarded a total of $2.5 million to help several Alabama counties emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and take precautions for future disasters.
Governor Ivey awarded a $1 million grant to Blount County; $600,000 to Limestone County $500,000 to Autauga County and $400,000 to Franklin County. The awards are part of more than $40 million allocated to Alabama under a special Community Development Block Grant program funded from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Governor Ivey will announce additional grants to other Alabama cities and counties as applications are processed. The grant funds are required to be expended on projects relating to the recovery from or preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus or any future infectious diseases.
“COVID-19 has had a negative impact on every Alabama county, but we are, without a doubt, getting back on our feet,” Governor Ivey said. “These funds will help these counties continue to recover from the hardships that have incurred.”
Blount County will use funds in part to construct a large, multi-use facility that can be used to provide pandemic health-related services like vaccinations, screenings and storage.