COVID Funding

In the United States, COVID-19 hit New York State first and hardest. The State faced an unprecedented public health and financial crisis and incurred billions of dollars in expenses due to the pandemic.

New York State received federal funds to support COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. The NYS Division of the Budget, which centrally oversees recovery and reimbursement of COVID-19-related expenses for state agencies and authorities per Budget Bulletin H-0503, will publish information on federal awards received and expended, and efforts to ensure equitable vaccine administration.*

Content will be continually added to the Open Budget Website.

*Please note: the Open Budget Website does not include information on how federal funds provided directly to localities were expended. 

ARPA Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to NEUs

Background on the ARPA Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds for Non-Entitlement Units (NEUs) of local government in New York State is available in the preceding link. The second half of the payments to NEUs are being processed and paid to local governments in July, 2022. With these latest payments, and including the first half payments made in the Summer of 2021, a total of $774 million will be fully disbursed. This represents the entirety of the Federal ARPA funding to NEUs. The entire distribution list, by municipality (NEU), is available for download.

Equitable Vaccine Administration

In accordance with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidance, New York State uses the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to analyze and report on the demographics of those seeking vaccination, while helping to determine where the greatest need for support for at-risk communities exists.

New York State launched a community “pop-up” vaccination program in January 2021 to help ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations. Through this program, the State has worked with a range of providers to set up pop-up vaccination sites in the most socially vulnerable areas of the state where access to healthcare is limited. These pop-ups were established at entrenched locations in the community, including houses of worship, community centers, libraries, and housing developments. This program complements the State’s Mass Vaccination Sites (MVSs), which are high throughput sites designed to reach as many individuals as possible.

Learn more about New York State’s efforts by exploring the State’s monthly reports submitted to FEMA on equitable vaccine administration efforts.

Learn about the Biden Administration’s commitment to advancing racial equity and support for underserved communities by reading Executive Order 13985.  

Read about FEMA’s efforts to instill equity as a foundation of emergency management in its Equity Action Plan, and see its February 2021 Advisory reminding Public Assistance Recipients of their responsibility to collect and submit demographic data to ensure compliance with civil rights law.

Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF)

The CARES Act, enacted in March 2020, established the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF). New York State and its local governments were allocated $7.5 billion in CRF. Of that amount, $5.1 billion in funding was paid directly to the State. The remaining $2.4 billion in CRF was distributed directly to eligible local governments.

CRF provided New York State with flexible relief funding to respond to the public health and budgetary impacts of COVID-19. 

The Treasury Office of the Inspector General (OIG) manages CRF reporting and compliance monitoring. DOB submitted periodic reports to OIG, detailing how expenditures were made to demonstrate that funds were appropriately used.

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

Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF)

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), enacted in March 2021, established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF). New York State and its local governments received a total of $23.4 billion in SLFRF. Of that, the State directly received approximately $12.75 billion. The remainder was distributed among counties, non-entitlement units of government (NEUs), and cities.

These important Federal dollars may be used to offset revenue loss, ensure the continuation of essential services and assistance provided by government, and assist in the public health emergency response and recovery efforts.

DOB submits an Annual Recovery Plan Performance Report to the U.S. Treasury, as well as Quarterly Project and Expense Reports to demonstrate that its use of SLFRF monies is consistent with federal guidance.

The SLFRF Quarterly Project and Expense Reports will be available here in a future revision to this site.

Federal Single Audits

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) requires states to conduct an annual statewide audit known as the Federal Single Audit (Single Audit). Budget Bulletin L-0300 guides New York State agencies through the completion of this annual independent audit of the State’s Federal award expenditures. The Single Audit provides assurance to the Federal Government that New York State has adequate internal controls in place and is generally in compliance with program requirements. The Single Audit Report formally titled “Independent Auditors’ Report as Required by Title 2 U.S. Code of Federal Regulations Part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards” is submitted to the Federal Clearinghouse as part of the State’s Financial Reporting Package.

Review the recent reports:

Report Fraud

Be aware that criminals exploit COVID-19 worldwide through a variety of scams. Report allegations of COVID-19 related fraud through the U.S. Department of Justice.

You may report allegations of mismanagement, theft, fraud or conflicts of interest related to New York State’s COVID-19 response efforts through the New York State Offices of the Inspector General.