The City of Evanston has so far secured more than $4 million in local, state and federal grant funding to support critical public health services and community assistance programs as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding, including grants from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), FEMA, and the federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund, will reimburse the City for a variety of costs related to its pandemic response, including providing contact tracing, housing, emergency medical and transportation services, infection prevention and control and more.

“Since March, the City of Evanston has worked hand-in-hand with our federal, state, and county partners to obtain the funding necessary to eliminate the immediate threat to health, life, and safety posed by the pandemic,” said Mayor Stephen Hagerty. “These funds will help support our continued response to this pandemic as we work to meet our community’s needs and facilitate a safe and strong recovery.”  

COVID-19 grants received by the City to date include:

Community Development Block Grant CARES Act (CDBG-CV), $1,080,243

Funding will provide rental assistance, food, childcare and other necessities for low-income families who lost income due to COVID-19. In addition, funds will support grants and technical assistance for small businesses (micro-enterprises), facilitate health and safety improvements for homeless shelters, and provide the local share of FEMA Public Assistance Program funds distributed to the City.

Emergency Solutions Grant CARES Act (ESG-CV), $966,314

Funding will provide rental assistance to move homeless families from temporary to permanent housing. Remaining funds will provide rent and utility assistance to prevent evictions due to loss of income.

Illinois Department of Public Health COVID-19 Contact Tracing Grant, $817,632

Funding will support personnel expenses for Evanston Health and Human Services Department staff conducting contact tracing and providing other COVID-19 public health services, and will help facilitate the hiring of additional staff.

Federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund distributed by Cook County, $619,214

Federal funding allocated by Cook County will support the City’s contact tracing efforts and pandemic response planning, as well as remote work and office retrofit expenses required to provide City services in compliance with public health guidelines.

Federal CARES Act Provider Relief Fund, $51,631

Funding will support emergency medical transport and paramedic services provided by the Evanston Fire Department during the pandemic.

IDPH COVID-19 Crisis Grant, $58,457

Funding will help reimburse overtime pay and expenses for Health and Human Services Department staff responding to COVID-19.

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Building Local Operational Capacity for COVID-19 Grant, $50,000

Funding will be used to enhance the City’s capacity to protect and respond to COVID-19, strengthen infection prevention and control practices at high-risk and long-term care facilities, and increase coordination among local partners to bolster response. 

In addition to these grants, the City has received preliminary approval for $1.1 million in FEMA Public Assistance Program funds, which will reimburse the City for eligible expenses incurred providing vulnerable community members with temporary housing, purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE), and converting the Chandler-Newberger Community Center into a temporary housing location. Approximately $828,000 will come from FEMA, with the remaining $276,000 in local matching funds coming from the City’s CDBG-CV funding. The first 50 percent ($414,000) of FEMA funding was received on Aug. 17.