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Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program


The Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program provided funding to assist eligible states, local units of government, and tribes in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus.

Statutory Authority

The CESF Program is authorized by Division B of H.R. 748, Pub. L. No. 116- 136 (Emergency Appropriations for Coronavirus Health Response and Agency Operations); 28 U.S.C. 530C.

Permissible Uses of Funds

Funds awarded under the CESF Program must be utilized to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. Allowable projects and purchases include, but are not limited to, overtime, equipment (including law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment), hiring, supplies (such as gloves, masks, sanitizer), training, travel expenses (particularly related to the distribution of resources to the most impacted areas), and addressing the medical needs of inmates in state, local, and tribal prisons, jails, and detention centers.


The following entities were eligible to apply under the FY 2020 CESF Program solicitation: States, U.S. Territories, the District of Columbia, units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments that were identified as eligible for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 State and Local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.

NOTE: Only the State Administering Agency that applied for FY 2019 JAG funding for a state/territory may apply for the state allocation of CESF funding.

See the State and Local Allocations page for allocation details.

Frequently Asked Questions

View Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a variety of questions related to the FY 2020 CESF opportunity, including questions that focus on eligibility, application submission, allowable costs, and more. 

Date Created: April 14, 2020