OCRA Announces COVID-19 Immediate Response Program 

OCRA Announces COVID-19 Immediate Response Program 

The Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) has released a Program Update to their Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Allocation Plan to provide funding for COVID-19 specific projects to assist communities during this time.
Funding for Programs will be up to $250,000 per community for eligible activities.  Immediate response activities are those that will be achieved within the next 3 months.  Activities may include:

  • Converting Public Buildings for Covid-19 testing, diagnosis and/or treatment
  • Rehabilitation of Facilities to Centralize Treatment
  • Mobile Testing and Increased Capacity Support for Public Health Services
  • Delivery Services/Food Pantries Etc. for those Quarantined
  • Economic Development Activities to retain Jobs for Income Eligible Persons/Companies

Projects will still need to meet CDBG eligible activities requirements with primary assistance to Low-Moderate income persons. Projects will still need to meet the Environmental Review Requirements.

Communities will work directly with their specific area’s OCRA Community Liaison to complete project parameters and prepare applications (see this map to find your regional representative).  Additional information can be found here.

Commonwealth Engineers is a partner to communities we live and work in, please let us know if you need any assistance.  Please contact Theresa Criss-Hartwig.