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The first two phases of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding distribution have been completed in Moniteau County, with aid money going to a number of the county's schools and small businesses.

In phases one and two of disbursements, $620,525.35 of the $1,892,606 given to Moniteau County earlier this year in April has now been distributed.

The breakdown of disbursements thus far is as follows: Moniteau County Health Center, $227,112.72; Moniteau County Emergency Dispatch, $10,218.86; Tipton R-6 School District, $197,329.42; Jamestown C-1 School District, $44,297.98; Latham R-5 School District, $8,000; High Point R-3 School District, $5,160.84; Clarksburg C-2 School District, $20,688.31; Moniteau County, $21,357.06; OATS, Inc., $2,367; Valley Park Retirement Center, $2,992.54; and Tipton Rural Fire Department, $9,690. Additionally, $71,310.62 has been distributed between 11 small businesses throughout the county that have been directly impacted by the pandemic.

In a news release Monday, Moniteau County Presiding Commissioner Mac Finley said the largest total distribution will occur during phase three. In the release, Finley said the county has earmarked additional funds requested by all five of the county's school districts, multiple rural fire districts, the Mid-Mo Ambulance District, the Tipton and California Nutrition Centers, Moniteau County and several county small businesses. While the earmarked funds are substantial, there will still be about $300,000 of funds available for distribution, per the release.

The county will continue to accept applications from small businesses that employ 25 or fewer employees, as well as public and nonprofit entities, in phase three of funding distribution. Requests for reimbursement must be for eligible expenses or revenue losses incurred during the period of March 1 through Dec. 30 of this year and must also satisfy the requirements of the CARES Act and United States Treasury guidance to qualify for disbursements. Applicants will be required to submit sufficient supporting documentation — such as invoices, receipts, proof of payment and comparable income histories — as has been the case in past phases of funding dispersal.

Applications for the third round of funding are due on Jan. 20, 2021. The county will then review and evaluate applications for completeness and compliance with CARES Act requirements, anticipating making award decisions by March 5, 2021. Funding recipients will be required to enter into a written agreement with the county prior to disbursement of the funds.

Those who are interested may find the application at the Moniteau County Clerk's Office. With questions regarding the application process, contact Moniteau County Treasurer Sarah Jones at 573-796-4608 or [email protected]

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