UC to receive almost $100 million in COVID-19 funds

By Michelle Price
UCBJ Managing Editor

NASHVILLE – Cities and counties in the Upper Cumberland region are set to receive almost $100 million from the latest federal COVID-19 relief package. As a state, Tennessee is projected to earn $2.27 billion from the plan.

Counties in the UC are set to receive $69,897,166 with cities getting a total of $29,476,848. In all, Tennessee’s 95 counties are in line to receive $1.324 billion with the cities getting a total of $944.49 million. 

Although receiving word that the funding is on its way, there’s a big caveat — the rules for how the money can be spent aren’t entirely clear.

As a result, state officials are warning local governments to be careful about how they plan to spend the money. 

And even then the answer for local allocations isn’t simple. 

The Federal Funds Information Service (FFIS) said the funding criteria for the biggest cities is based on Housing and Urban Development data while smaller towns and cities are based on census estimates from 2019. County totals are filtered through adjusted Community Development Block Grant data. 

While none of it is final, here’s how FFIS sees it breaking down for counties and cities:

CountyAmount
Cannon2,846,708
Clay1,476,882
Cumberland11,737,481
DeKalb3,973,909
Fentress3,592,422
Jackson2,285,822
Macon4,771,406
Overton4,313,505
Pickett979,029
Putnam15,563,024
Smith3,909,326
Van Buren1,138,838
Warren8,005,420
White5,303,394
TOTAL$69,897,166
  

And here are the projected city totals:

CityAmount
Alexandria271,293
Algood1,196,424
Allardt168,084
Auburntown71,308
Baxter410,425
Byrdstown209,904
Carthage626,762
Celina380,668
Centertown67,823
Cookeville9,303,850
Crab Orchard201,325
Crossville3,157,669
Dowelltown107,767
Doyle154,680
Gainesboro257,085
Gordonsville333,755
Jamestown564,568
Lafayette1,429,382
Liberty88,465
Livingston1,085,440
McMinnville3,691,140
Monterey776,885
Morrison193,551
Pleasant Hill149,050
Red Boiling Springs303,462
Smithville1,309,820
South Carthage374,770
Sparta1,326,709
Spencer453,317
Viola36,995
Woodbury774,472
TOTAL$29,476,848

Michelle Price is the managing editor of the Upper Cumberland Business Journal and can be reached via email. Send an email.

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