Williamson County has been awarded an additional $1,343,984 in federal coronavirus relief aid, Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said during a Sept. 15 Commissioners Court meeting.

The funding is from the third tranche of Community Development Block Grant funding to help prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19, according to a news release.
Williamson County received approximately $939,000 in the first round of CDBG coronavirus relief aid, or CARES Act, funding.

“We are grateful to Congressman John Carter for his effort to bring additional funds back to Williamson County to assist with our COVID-19 relief efforts. These additional CARES Act funds will go a long way towards rebuilding our economy and supporting families in Williamson County. At a time like this when many families are struggling, they are a God send,” Gravell said in the release.

The federal funding package provided $5 billion in supplemental CDBG funds, the release said.

Williamson County initially received $93 million in the first round of relief aid. It has since provided nearly $35 million in small-business grants and allocated $25 million for cities, emergency services districts and others in two phases. In its third phase, the county has funded $5 million in rent and utility assistance through partnership with local nonprofits. This phase was funded with CDBG and coronavirus relief aid funding.