​​​​​​Frequently Asked Questions

What type of Government Entities are authorized to submit for reimbursement?  State Agencies, Cities, Counties, Tribal Governments and Local Taxing Districts are all eligible. If an organization is classified as part of a government residing inside the state of Idaho, it can submit.

Where do I submit my application?  Applications can be submitted through Transparent Idaho's Coronavirus Relief Fund Portal

How do I apply?  The website will direct users to register their organization.  Once completed, users can begin submitting eligible expenses for reimbursement. 

What is the approval process?  Once an expense has been submitted, the Coronavirus Financial Advisory Committee (CFAC) will approve eligible expenses. Users will receive an email confirmation of approval, then the payment will be processed the day following approval.             

Once I submit my application, what is the expected time to receive reimbursement? Expense submissions will be reviewed by CFAC within 10 business days. If approved, payments will be initiated the next day. Please allow 3-5 more business days for banks to process the funding transfer.

What qualifies for reimbursement? The federal government outlined various criteria for expense eligibility. For a more thorough look at what qualifies, visit the approved expenses page.  Expenses are required to be directly related to addressing the health crisis caused by COVID-19.

  1. ​ Expenses cannot have been included in an approved budget before March 27, 2020
  2.  The expenses must have incurred after March 1, 2020
  3.  Expenses submitted after Dec. 30, 2020, will not be eligible

How long are these funds available? Coronavirus Relief Funds can be accessed until December 30, 2020. Any remaining funds will be returned to the federal government.

What is the deadline for reimbursement applications? December 30, 2020.

Can I submit multiple requests? Yes. Once registered, users can continue submitting expenses as they are incurred until the Coronavirus Relief Fund is no longer available in Idaho. There is no limit on the number of submissions a user can make.

What is the difference between Pre-Approval and Reimbursement options? The reimbursement option allows for expenses to be submitted for approval after they have been expended. Once approved, they are immediately reimbursed.

The pre-approval option allows local or tribal governments to pre-authorize an eligible reimbursement.

How do I report my expenses?  Expenses can be reported through the Coronavirus Relief Fund portal. There you will find two options to report expenses. Users can fill out a web form provided, or upload an excel file into the portal using this template​.

Does the funding pay for my employee wages/benefits? The United States Treasury guidance indicates payroll or benefit expenses for employees whose work duties are substantially dedicated to mitigating or responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency are potentially eligible. Those employees whose duties are not substantially dedicated to mitigating the health emergency are not eligible.

If my reimbursement is disapproved, what is the appeal process? Expenses can be submitted again for review by CFAC, but users will need to provide additional supporting documentation with the request.

Who approves the funding requests? CFAC is responsible for reimbursement approvals. For specific questions regarding requests, contact the committee.

Tracking Funds: Applicants can track their approved expenses using Idaho's powerful open government tool, Transparent Idaho. Constituents can also track what local and tribal governments received in funding and what those funds were used for.