Governor Kelly announced Friday that the State Finance Council unanimously approved Friday to allocate $38.5 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund of the Federal CARES Act.

The funds will go toward supporting local businesses and public health response efforts.

This follows the Kansas Office of Recovery recommendation to distribute $20 million to restaurants and bars, movie theaters, large venues, and PPE Manufacturing.

The remaining $18.5 million will support local health departments, vaccine administration and distribution efforts, PPE for Nursing Homes, and support for Safety Net Clinics.

The approved allocations were from funding that was recouped from other previously approved programs that were not able to use their funding before the December 30th deadline.

The Office of Recovery will meet with the State Finance Council again next month to offer recommendations for how any remaining funds can be invested.