Town of Gilbert water tower. (Photo: The Republic)
Gilbert will begin spending some of its nearly $30 million in coronavirus relief funding, three months after the town received the money.
The Town Council will spend $18 million for business grants, loans and other support and $2 million for nonprofits. A majority of the remaining funds may go to a public safety project.
Gov. Doug Ducey in late May announced that Arizona cities, towns and counties would get $441 million of the state’s $1.86 billion of federal coronavirus relief money.
Gilbert didn’t actually receive its $29.2 million “AZCares Fund” allocation until early July, according to town spokesperson Jennifer Harrison. The council formed a Cares subcommittee in August to discuss spending options.
An Arizona Republic analysis from mid-September found that while cities pleaded with the state for their share of the money, once they got it, many have been slow to