Gov. Evers gives update on federal funds used in response to pandemic

MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Tony Evers has released an update detailing the federal funds used in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funds were allocated by the Evers Administration from the state's Coronavirus Relief Fund, which was made available to Wisconsin through the federal CARES Act.

The governor's office said as of Oct. 9, the state has expended $476 million and obligated an additional $479 million. An additional $919.1 million in funds have been committed but are not yet distributed. Roughly $120 million remain unallocated to ensure the state continues to have the flexibility to respond to emerging needs.

“We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Wisconsinites in every corner of our state,” said Gov. Evers. “We’re going to continue working to make sure that every Wisconsinite knows how these funds are being usedto fight the pandemic and support families, farmers, and small businesses who need it most.”

Public Health & Emergency Response (in millions)


Initial Allocation

Revised Allocation

Surge Operating Fund 






Emergency Procurement 



Testing Program (including National Guard, local community and higher education testing efforts) 



Contact Tracing 



State FEMA match/agency expenses 



Public Awareness Efforts 


Isolation Facilities 





Economic Support and Recovery Initiatives (in millions)



Health Related Programs

CARES Act Provider Payments (including Long Term Care, Community-based, EMS Grants) 


Underserved Clinics & Tribal Health 




Medical College of Wisconsin 


Enrollment Assistance 


Other Health Care 


Impacted Industries

WEDC (including We’re All In Round 1 and Round 2) 


Agriculture Direct Support Payments 


Tourism – Destination Marketing Organizations 


Lodging Industry Assistance 


Live Venue Assistance 


Movie Venue Assistance 


Cultural Institutions 


Education & Child Care

Out-of-School Support 


Higher Education 


Child Care Counts Program 


Individual Assistance

WI Rental Assistant Program (WRAP) 


Food Security Initiatives 


Local Government & Tribes Routes to Recovery 


LIHEAP & Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund Utility Assistance 


Other Initiatives

Broadband expansion 


Wisconsin Eye 




More information on Wisconsin’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Investment dashboard website

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