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The Porter County Auditor's Office has played an instrumental role in securing federal funding for the county's response to COVID-19. Our office coordinates with grant applicants, prepares grant documents and financial statements, and maintains documentation for audit purposes. To enhance accountability and transparency of your federal tax dollars, we are pleased to provide the following information detailing the federal funding that Porter County has received in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. 


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The $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act") was passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. Among its many other provisions, the Act provided $338.9 billion in aid to state and local governments. As of February, 2021, Porter County government has been the recipient of six CARES Act grants. 

Below is a summary of each grant program listed by the largest to smallest grant revenues received.  

Coronavirus Relief Fund

  • Federal agency: Treasury 
  • State agency: Indiana Finance Authority
  • Total awarded to Porter County government: $5.5 million
  • Status: Ended                                                                                                                                                         

Of the $2.6 billion awarded to Indiana through the CARES Act, the state allocated $300 million to local government units through the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) administered through the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA). Each county, city and town in Indiana was eligible for COVID-related reimbursements based on population. The allocation to Porter County's units totaled $8.7 million; of this, county government was eligible for up to $5.5 million, with the remainder to cities and towns. Initially, local government units paid for unforeseen and unbudgeted COVID expenditures then submitted their claims for reimbursement. In late SeptemCOVID expenditure pie chartber, the state encouraged units to submit public health and public safety payroll costs for reimbursement purposes. as allowed by the CARES Act.

The pie chart at left shows the categories of direct expenditures made by county departments that received reimbursement. County departments with COVID-related expenditures saw their original appropriation restored, in turn allowing them to use their budget for other qualified expenditures. The largest of these COVID expenditures ($10,000 or more per department) are delineated below. For a more detailed list, see the link under "Additional Information" below. 

                                                                                                             






ExpenditureDepartmentCost
Fever readers, distanced detectorsAssorted $   299,940
Employee COVID testing, suppliesCommissioners     106,603
Expanded wi-fi, virtual programming and more Porter County Public Library       60,588
Jail Medical UnitSheriff        22,500
Laptops for teleworkIT        14,063
Temporary restrooms due to building restrictions, PPE, otherIndiana Dunes Tourism        12,608
PPE, sneeze shields, cleaning supplies for county departmentsFacilities         12,067


By far, the largest reimbursements from this CARES Act grant consisted of public safety and public health payroll reimbursements. Counties and municipalities were able to recover certain eligible payroll costs from March through the end of September. For Porter County, the payroll reimbursement totaled $4,952,843, broken down as follows: 

Public Safety Payroll For deposit into County General Fund$4,273,836
Public Health PayrollFor reimbursement to Health Department Fund     679,007

                                               Total:$4,952,843


Additional information:

For a detailed listing of all Coronavirus Relief Fund reimbursements received by Porter County government on a per-department basis, click here.

For a variety of information about Indiana's Coronavirus Relief Fund, visit the Indiana Finance Authority's website  here.

To see the CRF allocations for each county and municipality in Indiana, click on the following IFA document: Allocations grouped by county

ISDH Test Site grant

  • Federal agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • State agency: Indiana State Department of Health
  • Total awarded to Porter County government (as of February, 2021): $260,480
  • Total grant: $320,960
  • Status: Active

The Porter County Health Department is the recipient of this grant, which funds two COVID sites, one in Valparaiso and one in Portage. The sites opened in the fall of 2020 and are expected to continue operating through spring, 2021. The grant initially was awarded for $200,000 for testing only. The Health Department later received an amendment for an additional $120,960 for its COVID vaccination program. The additional grant revenue will be distributed in three phases. The health department pays payroll expenditures directly out of this fund for the operation of the two clinics.

Secretary of State's Election Expenditure Grant

  • Federal agency:  Treasury
  • State agency: Secretary of State
  • Total awarded to Porter County government: $128,737.80
  • Status: Ended

The Indiana Secretary of State's office reimbursed counties for additional costs incurred in both the primary and general elections of 2020. Submitted by the Porter County Clerk, this grant reimbursed the county for items including PPE and shields for election workers and additional postage costs related to the increase in mail-in ballots.

Indiana Criminal Justice Institute grant

  • Federal agency: Department of Justice
  • State agency: ICJI
  • Total awarded (as of Dec. 31, 2020): $89,442.80
  • Total eligible $380,376.93.
  • Status: Active

This grant, awarded through the ICJI's Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding, is a multi-agency agreement between Porter County and several municipal police agencies. The grant reimburses COVID-related costs for personnel, equipment, supplies and other categories. The grant consists of four reporting periods, with program reports required each quarter. The funding awarded so far represents the first reporting period in 2020. Participating agencies were the Porter County Sheriff's Department and the police departments in Ogden Dunes and Kouts.

Indiana Arts Commission Memorial Opera House grant

  • Federal agency: Treasury
  • State agency: Indiana Arts Commission
  • Total awarded to Porter County government: $28,637.05
  • Status: Ended

Initially approved for $26,033.68, the recipient of this grant, the Memorial Opera House, received a second round of funding for an additional $2,603.37. Per the grant agreement, the grant revenues were used to reimburse the MOH fund for salary costs incurred during the year. MOH is a self-supported county venue that raises its revenues through ticket sales, rentals, and other revenues. The MOH sustained significant funding losses because of its closure due to COVID-19.

Safety Awareness Coronavirus Relief Fund

  • Federal agency: Treasury
  • State agency: Indiana Finance Authority
  • Total awarded to Porter County government: $17,850
  • Status: Active

Administered by the IFA, this grant program was available to Indiana counties, cities, and towns. This program was limited to reimbursement of expenditures designed to enhance public awareness about COVID regulations. The Porter County Health Department received reimbursement through this fund for 1). a public awareness campaign consisting of radio and digital advertising and 2). a monitoring program that consists of event monitors enforcing compliance with local and state COVID regulations at events and establishments.