COVID-19 Federal Funds Transparency

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has had unexpected, major financial implications on communities around the country, including the City of Boise. The federal government is providing funding to help offset financial impacts of the pandemic so that cities can recover and thrive.

Learn more about COVID-19 federal funding allocated to the City of Boise

A working group was established at the City of Boise to:

  • Develop a coordinated strategy around applying for federal and state reimbursement opportunities.
  • Ensure a robust monitoring process with heightened auditing and compliance procedures for COVID-19 related funding and expenditures.

Funding opportunities for local governments comes primarily from the following Federal acts:

  • Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act 2020 (CARES)
  • Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act 2020 (CRRSAA)
  • American Rescue Plan Act 2021 (ARPA)

Funds Allocated

Below is a list of funding the City of Boise has received to-date, and information on how we plan to use the funds.

Funding SourceAllocation to the City of BoiseAmount of Allocation Spent as of June 30, 2022How funds will or are expected to be used
National Endowment for the Arts - CARES$9,968.00$9,968.00Help cover Arts and History department operating costs
Airport Improvement Program/ Department of Transportation - CARES$18,930,039.00


Help cover airport operating costs
Airport Improvement Program/ Department of Transportation - CRRSAA$5,909,956.00$5,909,956.00Help cover airport operating costs
Airport Improvement Program/ Department of Transportation - CRRSAA$440,716.00$440,716.00Airport concessions relief
Airport Improvement Program/ Department of Transportation - ARPA$15,686,587.00$8,861,066.08Help cover airport operating costs
Airport Improvement Program/ Department of Transportation - ARPA
$1,762,866.00 Airport Concessions Rent Relief
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - CARES/ARPA$1,792,983.00$1,169,706.15

Funds received have been passed on to local non-profits assisting community members in need of relief. Some of the funding has been distributed to these non-profits:

US Department of the Treasury - Emergency Rental Assistance Program - ARPA$8,763,416.90$5,005,366.76

Emergency Rental Assistance:

US Department of the Treasury - Emergency Rental Assistance Program - CARES$26,016,799.70$16,530,811.70

Emergency Rental Assistance

Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds - ARPA$36,904,682.00$241,041.25

The City of Boise is currently reviewing the best use these funds

  • $12 million for Affordable Housing
  • $10 million for Climate Action
  • $2 million to Connect Our Parks
  • $3 million for Childcare
  • $2 million for Local Small Businesses
  • $1.5 million for Food Security
  • $2 million for Mental Health
  • $2.6 million for Administrative Costs
Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) - CARES$7,877,100.00$7,877,100.00$1.9 million: Non-congregate sheltering for individuals and families experiencing homelessness due to COVID-19 quarantining, isolation and medical services.
   $1.9 million Public safety payroll expenses October 1 - December 30, 2020
   $1.7 million: Teleworking equipment for city employees to work from home
   $1.5 million: Small Business Cash Grant program (view awarded grants) 
    $371,498 PPE, cleaning and signage
   $181,670 Safety and security equipment and services
   $117,283 Payroll expenses for employees reassigned to COVID-19 related duties
   $75,000: Administrative expenses associated with Small Business Cash Grant program
   $58,234 Other IT equipment, software licenses and expenses to enable work from home and remote board and commission meetings
   $40,289 Digital library services
   $6,650 Water sampling costs
Governor's Public Safety Grant Initiative - CRF/CARES$27,902,841.00$27,902,841.00 Public safety (Police and Fire) salaries.
Disaster Grants - Public Assistance (FEMA) - CARES Unknown$2,491,060.78

$639,995.84 - Public Safety Backfill COVID-19 wages

$1,807,911.09 - Homelessness

$43,153.85 - COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

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