The Local CURE Program

Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Assistance for Local Governments

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The Local Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (or Local CURE) Support Program (Section 3-10 of Public Act 101-0636) is a support program for units of local government as defined by the Illinois Constitution. The Local CURE program is appropriated to the department under Section 5 of Article 30 of Public Act 101-0637 in State Fiscal Year 2021 for $250,000,000 and administrative rules for the program can be found under Title 14 Ill. Admin. Code Part 700.

"Units of local government" means counties, municipalities, townships, special districts, and units, designated as units of local government by law, which exercise limited governmental powers or powers in respect to limited governmental subjects, but does not include school districts. (Illinois Constitution, Article VII, Section 1.)

The Local CURE program:

  • Is a local government assistance program which applies to all units of local government (as defined by the Illinois Constitution) outside of Cook, Lake, Will, Kane, & DuPage counties.
  • Is federally funded from the Coronavirus Relief Fund using dollars allocated to Illinois through the CARES Act.
  • Will reimburse units of local government for costs that:
    • are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to COVID-19;
    • were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act) for the unit of local government; and
    • were incurred during the period beginning March 1, 2020 and ending December 30, 2020.

Examples of costs which are eligible for reimbursement under the program:

  • Medical expenses, including but not limited to: expenses of establishing temporary public medical facilities and other measures to increase COVID-19 treatment capacity, costs of providing COVID-19 testing, and emergency medical response expenses;
  • Public health expenses, including but not limited to: expenses for communication and enforcement by local governments of public health orders related to COVID-19;
  • Payroll expenses for public safety, public health, health care, human services, and similar employees whose services were substantially dedicated to mitigating or responding to COVID-19;  
  • Expenses for actions taken to facilitate compliance with COVID-19 related public health measures;
  • Any other COVID-19 related expenses reasonably necessary for the unit of local government to respond to the public health emergency that satisfies the Local CURE Program eligibility criteria.  Local governments must document how expenses are related to COVID-19.

Examples of costs which are ineligible for reimbursement under the program:

  • Governmental revenue shortfall replacement;
  • Damages covered by insurance;
  • Payroll or benefits expenses for employees whose work duties are not substantially dedicated to mitigating or responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency;
  • Expenses associated with the provision of economic support in connection with COVID-19;
  • Reimbursement to donors for donated items or services;
  • Workforce bonuses other than hazard pay or overtime;
  • Severance pay;
  • Legal settlements;
  • Indirect costs or administrative costs; and
  • Incurred expenses that have been or will be reimbursed through another State or federal funding opportunity.

Reimbursable Expenditure Test:
If “TRUE” can be answered for all of the below, Local CURE funds may be used

  • The expense is connected to the COVID-19 emergency.
  • The expense is “necessary”.
  • The expense is not filling a short fall in government revenues.
  • The expense is not funded thru another budget line item, allotment or allocation, as of March 27, 2020.
  • The expense is not being reimbursed through a different emergency response program.
  • The expense wouldn’t exist without COVID-19 OR would be for a “substantially different” purpose.  

The process for receiving assistance:

  1. Based on rule or application, DCEO drafts a certification outlining a “not to exceed” value for which the local government may claim reimbursements under the program. 

    *NOTE: DCEO will draft certifications and send them to local governments for review in the month of August. County, Municipality, and Certified Public Health Departments do not need to apply, the proper certification document will be delivered via email through your designated point of contact.

    1. For County and Municipal Governments
      1. County and Municipalities DO NOT need to apply for assistance.
      2. 14 Ill. Admin. Code § 700.80(a) allocates 80% of the program’s assistance and by rule the department has determined how much will be initially allocated to each County and Municipality. The searchable PDF linked below indicates each amount.

        Allotment A Detail: Per capita formula allotments for Counties & Municipalities

    2. For Certified Local Public Health Departments
      1. Certified Local Public Health Departments DO NOT need to apply for assistance.
      2. 14 Ill. Admin. Code § 700.80(b) allocates 5% of the program’s assistance and by rule the department has determined how much will be initially allocated to each Certified Local Public Health Department. The searchable PDF linked below indicates each amount.

        Allotment B Detail: Per capita and low-income population distribution to Certified Local Public Health Departments, based on IDPH's Local Health Protection Grant formula

    3. For all other Units of Local Government
      1. All other units of local government not covered by the above allotments must apply for assistance under the program.
      2. 14 Ill. Admin. Code § 700.80(c) allocates 8% of the program’s assistance for other units of local government.
      3. Local governments serving areas which have been most disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency will be prioritized in the application process.

        To find out if your local government serves a disproportionately impacted area, follow the link below.
        Zip Codes that Qualify as a Disproportionately Impacted Area

        The application for Allotment C is now closed.

    4. All remaining funds appropriated for the program and those which are unclaimed may be reallocated late in the calendar year so the department may direct assistance to where it is most needed. 

  2. Next, local governments will complete reimbursement requests and send them to DCEO’s partner for review.
    1. In mid-August DCEO and a qualified partner will host technical assistance calls and webinars to explain the process for the program and distribute a manual for completing reimbursement requests.

  3. Our partner will review reimbursement requests and support documentation for eligibility, as well as verify that costs are not claimed under another program.

  4. Upon a positive review, DCEO will release the reimbursement payment to the local government.

  5. Throughout the process DCEO’s partner will provide ongoing technical assistance.

What to do in preparation for the program:

  • Make sure your unit of local government is registered with
  • Review the program’s emergency administrative rules (updated August 10, 2020).
  • Start collecting receipts for COVID-19 related expenses & digitize them; the department will seek PDFs and other electronic forms of back-up for reimbursements.
    • In addition, carefully consider descriptions and rationale on how expenditures were necessary in the local government’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Begin organizing year to date expenditures into the categories listed in the “eligible for reimbursement” section above.
    • COVID-19-related medical expenses, including expenses of: public hospitals and medical facilities, increasing public treatment capacity, testing, emergency response, emergency medical transportation, and establishing and operating public telemedicine capabilities. (The state share of costs eligible for Medicaid reimbursement are explicitly NOT eligible.)
    • COVID-19-related public health expenses, including expenses of: communicating and enforcing public health orders; acquiring and distributing PPE and other equipment, disinfecting public areas, providing technical assistance, taking public safety measures, and quarantining.
    • COVID-19-related payroll expenses for public safety, public health, healthcare, human services and other employees whose services are “substantially dedicated to mitigating or responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency.”
    • Expenses for facilitating compliance with COVID-19 public health measures, including expenses of: food delivery for senior citizens and vulnerable persons, facilitating distance learning, facilitating work-at-home capabilities, providing paid sick leave to public employees, maintaining higher standards of sanitation and health precaution in congregate facilities, and special care for homeless persons.
    • Other COVID-19-related expenses reasonably necessary to the function of government.


Webinar Information
Date Title Video Presentation Material Questions and Answers 
July 10, 2020 University of IL Extension Local CURE Introduction Presentation Video Presentation Slides NA
July 29, 2020Local CURE Program Launch Presentation Video Presentation Slides Question Responses
August 12, 2020Local CURE Program Technical Assistance Webinar Presentation Video Presentation SlidesComing Soon


The timeline for the program:


Action Item

August 3rd

DCEO begins sending certification forms to Local Governments

August 19th

The Local CURE Support Program Portal will open for registration

August 26th

The Local CURE Support Program Portal will being to accept reimbursement requests

On or about November 1st

Local Governments will receive spending status request from the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

December 1st

Spending status report due to the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. Reported lapse of allotments will be reallocated within the program, pursuant to the administrative rules.

December 30th

Final day that costs can be incurred

January 31st

Final day to submit reimbursement request (request can be in February if funding is received in later allocation)