Rio Grande Valley to receive nearly $13 million in COVID-19 recovery grants

February 07 2021 06:00 pm

WASHINGTON D.C. – Several cities in the Rio Grande Valley are receiving federal grant money for recovery from the economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a release, a total of $12,811,834 in federal grants is being sent to the area.

The funding, which was appropriated by Congress last month, comes through the Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of the CARES Act.

“The coronavirus outbreak has hit Texans hard, and as much as we can protect each other from its effects, we must,” said Sen. John Cornyn in the release.  “I’m grateful to the Trump Administration for making economic recovery in the Rio Grande Valley a high priority during the outbreak.”

According to the release, these grants may be used for a range of eligible activities that prevent and respond to the spread of COVID-19, such as:

  • public testing
  • providing equipment
  • delivering meals
  • training health care workers
  • constructing a facility for testing, diagnosis, or treatment
  • improving or re-purposing an existing facility for the use of housing or treating patients
  • providing grants or loans to support businesses in creating jobs and manufacturing medical supplies necessary to respond to the disease.

 Below is a chart listing the recovery grants awarded to each area.

City/CountyCDBG20-COVID RecoveryESG20-COVID Recovery
Hidalgo County$4,559,466.00$2,229,055.00
San Benito$227,241.00$0.00

*CDBG20 = Community Development Block Grant FY2020

*ESG20 = Emergency Solutions Grant FY2020

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