All communities in Oregon have felt the economic impacts of COVID-19. During the 2021 Session $240 million of CSFRF funding was allocated by the Governor to members of the legislature to direct how it would be used in their districts. Each state senator was allocated $4 million, and each representative allocated $2 million. The Legislature allowed each specific region to identify the priority investments within their jurisdiction. These priorities were reported to their respective legislative representatives and then approved as a total package. The Oregon Department of Administrative Services (DAS) was directed to manage these projects as part of the $2.6 billion ARPA CSFRF award to the state of Oregon.
The funding was passed in HB 5006 Section 74: HB5006 (oregonlegislature.gov)
SECTION 74. Notwithstanding any other law limiting expenditures, the amount of $240,000,000 is established for the biennium beginning July 1, 2021, as the maximum limit for payment of expenses by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services from American Rescue Plan Act Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund moneys received by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, for the purpose of allocating $4,000,000 to each member of the Senate and $2,000,000 to each member of the House of Representatives to provide grants to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and its economic impacts.
The recipients, projects, and funding levels were detailed in the Budget Report for HB 5006 (2021): 64908 (oregonlegislature.gov), beginning on page 25.
In response to requests from grant recipients a small number of changes were made to either projects or recipients during the 2022 Session in HB 5202 Budget Report: 64761 (oregonlegislature.gov), beginning on page 21.
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