Spokane Valley City Council approved on August 11 and September 29 federal COVID-19 relief funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to deliver a total of $4,352,400. These funds were distributed to businesses and nonprofits through two rounds of grant programs and to individuals by bringing housing, utility, and food assistance to Spokane Valley residents.
The City produced a video to illustrate for the community the funds we received and how they were distributed out to individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits to assist due to the challenging effects from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City partnered with the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Innovia Foundation to administer a small business and nonprofit grant program which awarded $2,349,137 to 315 small businesses and 39 nonprofits.
Spokane Valley Partners launched weekly mobile food distributions to serve Spokane Valley residents. The city initially provided $236,640 in CARES Act funds to the agency to purchase two refrigerated trucks for mobile deliveries of groceries to help families suffering from food insecurity. In October, the city awarded additional funds to continue Spokane Valley Partners efforts to bring food and services to those in need. A total of $407,617 was provided and spent in serving residents. An additional $8,000 was given to Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels to bring food to those who couldn't come to a distribution location. To find out about upcoming mobile food distributions view a distribution schedule here.
The city provided Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners (SNAP) with $901,647 in CARES Act funds to help eligible city residents with rent, mortgage and utility bill assistance. In addition to helping with typical utility bills, the funding was also able to cover basic internet service fees, which could then be used for adults to apply for employment and assistance and for children in online learning due to the pandemic.
To request assistance, please email SNAP at email@example.com, or call 509.319.3010 or 509.456.7627, ext. 7200.
In August, the city provided Central Valley, West Valley and East Valley school districts $135,281 in CARES Act funds to help with purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other equipment for social distancing measures. Central Valley, the largest of the school districts serving city residents, received half the money, while the other two districts split the remaining funds. When the city was awarded additional CARES Act funds, City Council determined in late September to award Central Valley School District $100,000 more for PPE acquisition and related expenses and East Valley School District is receiving $180,322 more for similar expenses. In total, the three school districts received $415,603 to cover various COVID related expenses.
City Council allocated $75,000 for the Economic Development Division to implement an advertising campaign promoting recreational opportunities in or near Spokane Valley. This included advertisements on Facebook and Instagram, as well as email marketing, a webpage and producing two 30-second video commercials.
This advertising campaign entitled, "Beyond Your Backyard" ran from September 7 to October 31 and generated over 7,000 website visits.
The City spent $195,396 for COVID-19 related expenses. These included costs for PPE and cleaning supplies for City buildings, equipment and software necessary to allow remote work and virtual meetings, and equipment necessary to allow for proper social distancing in City facilities.