Asheville – The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a $41,750 grant from the
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as part of their Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program, which “will provide funding to assist eligible states, local units of government, and tribes in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus.”
This funding will help cover $44,600 in PPE that the Sheriff’s Office has already purchased for the Buncombe County Detention Facility and our Deputies. The grant funding can be used to cover costs associated with coronavirus dating to January 21, 2020.
The DOJ requirements for stipulate that:
“Funds awarded under the CESF Program must be utilized to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. Allowable projects and purchases include, but are not limited to, overtime, equipment (including law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment), hiring, supplies (such as gloves, masks, sanitizer), training, travel expenses (particularly related to the distribution of resources to the most impacted areas), and addressing the medical needs of inmates in state, local, and tribal prisons, jails, and detention centers.”
“I would like to thank our Business Administrator and Grant Writer at the Sheriff’s Office for identifying this funding opportunity and putting together a successful grant proposal. The Sheriff’s Office will continue to purchase PPE as needed to keep our staff and community safe – this funding allows us flexibility in purchasing while keeping within our annual budget,” says Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller.
The Buncombe County Commissioners accepted the funding at their meeting on May 19th.