State Fiscal Recovery Fund

Georgia Jobs and Infrastructure Committees

Governor Brian Kemp has named members of the Georgia Jobs and Infrastructure Committees, which will be responsible for receiving applications and making recommendations to the Governor regarding federal coronavirus relief funds allocated to Georgia through the American Rescue Plan. State government entities, units of local government, industries, and nonprofits will be eligible to apply. 

Updates regarding the application process and eligibility will be posted on OPB's website. 

MEETING NOTICE

TO:                         Members of the Governor’s Georgia Jobs and Infrastructure Committee

DATE:                    Thursday, July 15th, 2021

TIME:                    1:00 PM-3:00 PM

PLACE:                 Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (Virtual)

                              2 Capital Square, SW

                              Atlanta, GA 30334           

All committee meetings will be recorded and published to the website for public viewing.

 

Meeting Recordings: 

Georgia Jobs and Infrastructure Committee Meeting 7/15/2021

Meeting Minutes: 

Download this pdf file. Georgia Jobs and Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Meeting Slides:

Download this pdf file. Georgia Jobs and Infrastructure Committee Meeting Slides

Applying For State Fiscal Recovery Funds

The application period for the State Fiscal Recovery Funds will be August 1-August 31, 2021.

Applicants will be required to register in the Georgia Grants portal to submit an application.

The portal registration will begin August 1, 2021 when the application is available.

Please note all budget amounts are for planning purposes and are subject to change. Application dates and review timeline are all subject to change based on the volume of applications received and process development.

Support Public Health Response

Fund COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health & safety staff

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Premium Pay for Essential Workers

Offer additional support to those who have and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors

Replace Public Sector Revenue Loss

Use funds to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic

Broadband Infrastructure

Make necessary investments to provide unserved or underserved locations with new or expanded broadband access

Address Negative Economic Impacts

Respond to economic harms to workers, families, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector

Water and Sewer Infrastructure

Make necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water and invest in wastewater and stormwater infrastructure

Support Public Health Response

  • Services to contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including vaccination, medical expenses, testing, contact tracing, quarantine costs, capacity enhancements, and many related activities. 
  • Behavioral healthcare services, including mental health or substance misuse treatment, crisis intervention, and related services.
  • Payroll and covered benefits for public health, healthcare, human services, and public safety staff to the extent that they work on the COVID-19 response.

Replace Public Sector Revenue Loss

  • Ensure continuity of vital government services by filling budget shortfalls.
  • Revenue loss is calculated relative to the expected trend, beginning with the last full fiscal year pre-pandemic and adjusted annually for growth.
  • Recipients may re-calculate revenue loss at multiple points during the program, supporting those entities that experience revenue loss with a lag.

Water & Sewer Infrastructure

  • Includes improvements to infrastructure, such as building or upgrading facilities and transmission, distribution, and storage systems.
  • Eligible uses aligned to Environmental Protection Agency project categories for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund

Equity-Focused Services

  • Additional flexibility for the hardest-hit communities and families to address health disparities, invest in housing, address education disparities, and promote healthy childhood environments.
  • Broadly applicable to Qualified Census Tracts, other disproportionately impacted areas and when provided by Tribal governments.

Premium Pay for Essential Workers

  • Provide premium pay to essential workers, both directly and through grants to third-party employers.
  • Prioritize low- and moderate-income workers, who face the greatest mismatch between employment-related health risks and compensation.
  • Key sectors include healthcare, grocery and food services, education, childcare, sanitation, and transit.
  • Must be fully additive to a worker's wages.

Broadband Infrastructure

  • Focus on households and businesses without access to broadband and those with connections that do not provide minimally acceptable speeds
  • Fund projects that deliver reliable service with minimum 100 MBPS download/ 100 MBPS upload speeds unless impracticable. 
  • Complement broadband investments made through the Capital Projects Fund.

Address Negative Economic Impacts

  • Deliver assistance to workers and families, including support for unemployed workers, aid to households, and survivor's benefits for families of COVID-19 victims.
  • Support small businesses with loans, grants, in-kind assistance, and counseling programs. 
  • Speed the recovery of impacted industries, including the tourism, travel, and hospitality sectors.
  • Rebuild public sector capacity by rehiring staff, replenishing state unemployment insurance funds, and implementing economic relief programs.

Ineligible Uses

  • Changes that reduce net tax revenue must not be offset with American Rescue Plan funds.
  • Extraordinary payments into a pension fund are a prohibited use of this funding.