CARES Act Grant Funding Management

U.S. Digital Response (USDR) helps state and local governments identify, apply for, monitor, and properly report CARES Act grant funding.

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Grant Identification

Use automatic scripts to identify new CARES grants available from the federal government and ingest that information into existing state systems.

Grant Clearance Tracking

Track the status of internal grant approvals and clearance from other state agencies.

Subgrant Approval and Tracking

Build workflows associated with approving subgrants, with a focus on subgrant eligibility.

Report Spending

Easily comply with the federal transparency and reporting requirements, similar to those used for the Recovery Act and DATA Act.

What is this?

The CARES Act made a substantial amount of federal grant dollars available to states for local use. Now, states are responsible for identifying available grant opportunities, applying for grants and for tracking how that money is spent. States must comply with federal spend transparency reporting requirements. Also, in some cases, states must contribute some level of matching funds in dollars or other services; these must be tracked and submitted at the Federal level.

US Digital Response has collaborated with two states to build a COVID-19 grant tracking tool for CARES Act funds based on prior federal Recovery Act and DATA Act reporting requirements. This secure, open source platform is free and can be reused by multiple government agencies. The USDR team is available, on a pro-bono basis, to help states customize this tool, integrate it with existing state financial reporting systems, and either provide on-going support or train state technical staff to support these tools going forward. If you’re interested in learning more, send a request to [email protected].

Can any state use this tool?

Yes. We welcome states to contact us! Please tell your counterparts in other states to send us an email: [email protected].

Is this free?

Yes. USDR is a 100% free, volunteer-run, non-partisan effort to help federal, state, and local governments with technology, data, design, operations, communications, project management, and other needs during the COVID-19 crisis. We provide free assistance to all government entities across the country; if we can help, we will.

What happens when all your volunteers move on? How can we ensure the software still works?

USDR plans to provide on-going support for these grant tracking tools and, in addition can train state technical staff to support these tools going forward. All USDR created software is open source, free to use and copyand can be hosted in your cloud instance at any time.