Thurston County Watch

Thurston County and 45 other law enforcement municipalities across the state could receive a combined $16.6 million to help fight coronavirus thanks to the recently-passed CARES Act, which was signed into law by President Donald Trump. 

The funding is part of the billions of dollars the state will receive from the federal CARES Act. Localities have until May 29 to submit grant applications to the U.S. Department of Justice. 

According to the office of Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell, funding for the agencies come from the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program, which was created by the CARES Act and modeled after a similar program that Cantwell endorsed. 

Thurston County is eligible to receive about $79,640 from the program. Local jurisdictions from around the state could net upwards of $5.8 million, while the state will receive about $10.89 million. 

Other essential businesses, governments and organizations in Washington state will also benefit from passage of the CARES Act. Hospitals and medical facilities will receive $2.9 billion, state and local governments will receive $2.95 billion, and $52 million will be invested into housing grants. 

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