COVID-19 Relief Funds Available to Assist with Priority Needs
Johnson County has allocated approximately $35 million in COVID-19 Relief Funds in our community as a part of the CARES Act funding program. Priority community need responses include:
- Rental Assistance: This proposal addresses the economic need of Johnson County households who have lost income stability to maintain their current housing in order to prevent homelessness, boost mental health (less stress due to housing burden), support ongoing employment and education, protect credit, and preserve existing housing stock and small businesses by assuring creditors and landlords’ bills are met. Apply as soon as possible as these funds must be paid out before the end of the year. To be eligible, you must be a current tenant in a unit in Johnson County. Individuals in need may call United Way’s information and referral help line by calling 211 or 816-474-5112 or toll free 866-320-5764.
- Digital Access: The Internet Access Support Program can help people of all ages find affordable internet service, pay off an old balance, get caught up on your current internet service or pay for internet service for six months. The program is only open to households with limited incomes. To qualify, you need to earn less than the program limits. Help is first come, first served, and funds are limited. More information can be accessed here. Additionally, Johnson County Library has implemented the Digital Navigators project which is another component of Johnson County’s COVID-19 Recovery Funding. More information on their services and resources can be accessed here.
- Small Business: There are small-business relief grants up to $10,000. Please note that this grant is open to businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees. The application deadline is December 11 at 5 p.m. More information can be accessed here.
- School Age Remote Learning and Childcare Program: Offers school age child care/remote learning services to families where the need is greatest due to the necessity of parents continuing to work, and in many cases, the absence of reliable high-speed internet at home. This program will also provide operational grant financing to cover school age programming startup costs and support for the provider’s contingency planning should school districts change their remote/hybrid plans with little notice. To learn more about this program, go to: YMCA of Greater Kansas City or JCPRD.
To learn more about all the initiatives supported by Johnson County’s Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), please click here.