Skip to main content
Open Budget

Coronavirus Relief Fund


Coronavirus Relief Fund

Established in the CARES Act of 2020, the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) provided funding for states and local governments to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

People embracing and smiling while wearing surgical masks

More than $5.1 Billion in Federal Aid

$5.1 billion allocated to New York State Government

An additional $2.4 billion allocated to local governments*

*Includes certain large local governments.

Eligible CRF Expenditures

Critical for the COVID-19 Response Effort

Eligible expenses were necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Expenses Outside of the Original Budget

Eligible expenses were not accounted for in the State budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act).

Incurred During the Height of the Pandemic

Eligible expenses were incurred during the period that began on March 1, 2020 and ended on December 31, 2021.

Breakdown of CRF Funding

How NYS allocated its CRF funding across eligible activities.

  • Public Health and Safety Personnel — $4.498 billion
  • Financing - Tax and Revenue Anticipation — $171 million
  • Public Health and Medical Supplies and Equipment — $159 million
  • IT and Telecommunication Equipment — $102 million
  • Planning, Federal Grants Administration, and Analytics — $64 million
  • PPE and Supplies — $58 million
  • Rental Assistance — $47 million
  • Other Agency Expenses — $43 million

CRF Funds Breakdown Details

Blue clipboard icon

Commitment to Compliance

The U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Inspector General (OIG) manages CRF reporting and compliance monitoring. OIG conducts desk reviews to evaluate prime recipients’ documentation supporting the uses of CRF proceeds.

DOB, New York State’s prime CRF recipient, collaborated with State agencies and authorities to collect expenditure data and substantiating documentation. DOB submitted reports according to OIG requirements demonstrating that funds were appropriately used.

Man wearing mask adusts mask on child

Learn More

Review this data on the Federal government’s Pandemic Response Accountability Committee’s website. Filter by New York State.

See the website