On Monday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced $1.27 million in grants to be distributed to the county and city governments located in Monroe County for one-time, local expenses in fiscal year 2021.

“Capital maintenance, public safety and road projects don’t pause for disasters like the COVID-19 pandemic,” Lee said. “This grant fund will ease the burden on local governments as they work to meet infrastructure and safety obligations.”

Funding eligibility is based on population as published by the US Census Bureau. Monroe County government will receive $859,489; Madisonville City will receive $138,731; Sweetwater City will receive $159,498; Town of Tellico Plains will receive $50,149; and Town of Vonore will receive $63,831.

No local funding match is required, but funds do have to be applied for in order to be received. The application will be made available by April 30 and the funds will be made available after July 1.

“The availability of funding through the Governor’s Local Support Grants allows Monroe County the opportunity to address necessary projects in the upcoming fiscal year that may have otherwise been postponed due to the financial implications generated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said County Mayor Mitch Ingram.

Funds may be used for road projects, I.T. upgrades, capital maintenance, utility system upgrades, and public safety projects. One-time expenses related to COVID-19 are also eligible including supply and equipment purchase, cleaning, emergency food and shelter programs.

Additional information on the application and appropriation process is available at www.tn.gov/ localgovgrants

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