Nevada officials OK $636 million in federal pandemic money

 The Legislative Interim Finance Committee on Monday approved spending $636 million in federal CARES Act and other pandemic related grants.
The majority – just over a half billion dollars – goes to Nevada public and private schools through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief program.
Of that, $477.3 million goes to school districts and charter schools to help address the impact of the pandemic.
The remaining $31.38 million grant through the same program will provide help through the same ESSER program to non-public schools in Nevada.
Another $124.85 million from the Consolidated Appropriations Act passed by Congress this year will support the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. That money will support Nevadans who have a demonstrated financial need for residential rental support because of the impact off the pandemic.
Lawmakers were told the program is structured so that the money goes directly to the landlords of renters who have been unable to pay, not directly to the renters.
Finally, there is a $2.5 million transfer of Qualified Equity Investment funds from 2020 reserves into the 2021 budget to be used for refunds to applicants in those programs.

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