COVID-19 Response Tracker

Welcome to the Iowa COVID-19 Response Tracker, a clearinghouse of data that details how many taxpayer dollars have been spent in Iowa to respond to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis. The total of this tracker will be revised consistently as additional obligations of funds are disclosed.

Four different phases of bipartisan relief have been approved by Congress to help Iowa respond to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 in our communities – and it is crucial that Iowans can account for how much aid has come to our state. As federal and state agencies respond to my requests for information, I will post their data and responses here for all Iowans to see. 

– Congresswoman Cindy Axne


Total amount of federal funds included in the Iowa COVID-19 Response Tracker:

$11,322,127,414.46

Running total for funds obligated specifically to entities in Iowa's Third Congressional District:

$1,217,516,645

Last revised September 23, 2020. Totals are revised when additional funding is disclosed publicly or replies are received by Rep. Axne.


Table of Contents

Federal Agencies

State of Iowa Agencies

Other Federal Funding Sources


Federal Agencies

Department of Health and Human Services

Find Rep. Axne's letter to HHS here.

April 7 – Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Supplemental Funding from Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)

  • $11,736,310 to support 14 health centers. Full list available here.
    • IA-03 Health Centers
      • $1,509,635, Primary Health Care Inc. (Urbandale)
      • $562,265, Proteus Inc. (Des Moines)
      • $626,420, All Care Health Center (Council Bluffs)

April 10 - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Provider Relief Fund

April 13 – Hospital Preparedness Program

  • $780,939 for Iowa Hospital Association

April 15 – Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program COVID-19 Response

  • $173,737 for the Iowa Department of Public Health
  • $89,500 for Primary Health Care Inc. (Urbandale)

April 17 – Iowa's Emergency COVID-19 Project

  • $2,000,000 for Iowa Department of Public Health

April 21 – Administration for Community Living (ACL) grants for older Iowans and people with disabilities

  • $8,848,039 total – previously announced here.
    • $1,959,577 for Older Americans Act (OAA) supportive services
    • $4,702,984 for OAA home-delivered meals
    • $993,985 for caregiver support
    • $941,295 for Centers for Independent Living
    • $195,958 for OAA ombudsman
    • $54,240 for Title VI Tribes

May 13 – Nurse Education Practice Quality Retention - Registered Nurse in Primary Care COVID-19

  • $78,571 for Mercy College of Health Sciences

May 13 – Cancer Prevention and Control Programs for State, Territorial and Tribes 

  • $2,484,708 for the Iowa Department of Public Health

May 19 – Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) for COVID-19 Prevention Efforts – authorized by legislation passed April 23rd

  • $100,843,972 for the Iowa Department of Public Health

May 28 – Hospital Preparedness Program

  • $1,941,978 for Iowa Hospital Association

May 28 – H80 Health Care Cluster

  • $1,604,371 Primary Health Care Inc. (Des Moines)

May 29 – State and Regional Primary Care Associations

  • $1,038,552 for Iowa Primary Care Association, Inc.

May 29 – Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) for COVID-19 Prevention Efforts – authorized by legislation passed April 23rd

  • $1,433,832 for the Iowa Department of Public Health

June 10 – Additional tranche of payments from teh Provider Relief Fund

  • $63,279,616 for eight providers in Iowa. Data available here; (providers not listed)

June 17 – Additional grants for the Hospital Preparedness Program

  • $1,941,978 for the Iowa Hospital Association
  • $1,802,092 for the Iowa Department of Public Health

July 2 – Additional grants for the Hospital Preparedness Program

  • $2,049,436 for the Iowa Department of Public Health

July 10 – Provider Relief Fund targeted distribution for small city and rural speciality hospitals

July 17 – Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) for COVID-19 Prevention Efforts

  • $3,941,947 for the Iowa Department of Public Health

July 17 – Provider Relief Fund awards for High Impact COVID-19 Areas

Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) Relief Fund 

Rural Providers distribution, including rural acute care general hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), and Community Health Centers located in rural areas.

For provider-level data for Health Provider Relief Fund Payments, click here.

Total: $1,081,623,114

IA-03 Total (at least): $78,957,102


Small Business Administration

In response to economic hardship related to COVID-19, Congress created relief programs to keep small businesses afloat and employees on payroll. Rep. Axne wrote to the SBA, which administers the programs through local lenders, to request updated details on the size and scope of relief funds coming back to Iowa's small businesses.

Find Rep. Axne's letter to SBA here.

Find U.S. Department of Treasury's response on the Paycheck Protection Program here.

Publically reported data on SBA programs usage in Iowa:

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans

  • $5,087,064,565 approved for Iowa businesses (as of June 30)
    • With new SBA data, at least $1.085 billion of these loans went to businesses in Iowa's Third Congressional District. (As of July 3)
      • For loans above $150,000, SBA reported the loan amount as a range. $1,085,629,415 is the minimum possible total.
      • Find the IA-03 data here.
  • 58,466 loans approved for Iowa businesses (as of June 30)
    • 13,640 loans were approved for Iowa's Third Congressional District, supporting at least 120,762 jobs.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program

  • $1,009,434,150 approved (as of Sep. 14)
  • 16,799 loans approved

EIDL Advance Grants (up to $10,000)

  • $86,215,000 approved (as of June 27)
  • 27,553 grants approved

Total: $6,182,713,715

Iowa's Third District Total (PPP only): $1,085,629,415


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Find Rep. Axne's letter to FEMA here.

Grants previously reported to Rep. Axne:

April 28 – $4,133,165.30 to the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for State Management Costs incurred as a result of FEMA-DR-4483-IA (Iowa COVID-19 Pandemic).

May 6 – $78,305,740.90 to the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Emergency Protective Measures performed as a result of FEMA-DR-4483-IA (COVID-19 Pandemic). 

Total reported by FEMA on May 15, 2020: $145.5 million


Internal Revenue Service & Department of Treasury

The IRS and Department of Treasury are working to distribute Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) to qualifying Iowans. Those payments are distributed via direct deposit, prepaid debit card, or physical check.

In her letter to Secretary Mnuchin and the IRS Commissioner, Rep. Axne sought details of how many EIPs have been fully distributed and how many are still pending disbursement.

Find Rep. Axne's letter to the IRS and Treasury Department here.

As of September 4th, the IRS had reported distributing 1,543,078 EIPs for a total of: $2,745,620,342


Department of Transportation

Find Rep. Axne's letter to DOT here.

Grants previously reported to Rep. Axne:

April 22 – Federal Transit Administration (FTA) – authorized through the CARES Act – for Iowa Department of Transportation

  • $33,288,313 in Section 5311 Rural Area Formula funds. Details available here.

April 29 – $70,416,305 in CARES Act airport support grants

  • $23,415,329 for IA-03 airports. Previously announced here.
    • $89,000 in CARES Act airport support grants for Ankeny, Shenandoah airports were announced on June 17th.

June 30 – $81,499 in CARES Act airport grants for Creston, Perry.

July 7 – $19,259,409 in CARES Act grants for the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) to support operating expenses for fixed-route, on-call, paratransit, and rideshare services, in order to respond to and recover from COVID-19.

Total: $123,045,526

IA-03 Amount: $42,667,187


State of Iowa Agencies

Rep. Axne wrote to three Iowa state agencies that receive significant amounts of federal funding to request details on how much and how taxpayer dollars were being allocated to combat COVID-19.

Iowa Department of Management

Find Rep. Axne's letter to Iowa Department of Management here.


Iowa Department of Human Services

Find Rep. Axne's letter to Iowa Department of Human Services here.

Find Iowa DHS' reply here.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP):

  • $735,827 grant from Families First Coronavrius Response Act (HR 6201)
    • $2,186,878 available but not issued as a grant (not counted towards total)
  • $1,103,741 from the CARES Act
    • $1185,407 available but not issed as a grant (not counted towards total)

Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP):

  • Medicaid received a 6.2% FMAP increase retroactively from January through current emergency status
    • March 2020: $81,136,000
    • June 2020: $95,697,000
  • Title IV-E Adoption, Foster Care, and Guardianship received a 6.2% FMAP increase retroactive to January

    • $232,068 for Foster Care
    • $990,255 for Adoption

Child Care And Development Block Grant:

  • $31,899,093 authorized by the CARES Act

CARES Act Provider Relief Funds for Mental Health Institutes (MHIs):

  • $59,774 for MHI in Cherokee
  • $52,360 for MHI in Independence

Child Welfare Services authorized by CARES Act:

  • $476,722 for IV-B Child Welfare Services

Coronavirus Relief Fund food assistance authorized by CARES Act:

  • $1,000,000 for the Double Up Food Bucks program working with the Supplemental Need Assistance Program
  • $1,000,000 to provide grants to the food banks in food and supply acquisition.

FEMA Crisis Counseling Program:

  • $995,184 grant received for Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program

Total: $215,378,024


Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Find Rep. Axne's letter to Iowa DHSEM here.

Find Homeland Security and Emergency Management's reply here – received May 19, 2020.

Funds obligated

April 4 (amount amended May 6) – $122,589,655 from FEMA (authorized by Stafford Act) for state response costs, including supplies, testing, consulting for face shields, and personal protective equipment (PPE) 

April 21 – $37,500 in direct federal assistance for FEMA Mission #2633-225099.

  • Award notes: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shall provide facility assessments, planning, engineering, design, contracting and construction support to address medical facility shortages arising from COVID-19 situation in the State of Iowa

April 27 – $1,320,520 (via FEMA from CARES Act) for state and local response costs

April 28 – $4,133,165.30 from FEMA (authorized by Stafford Act) for State Management Costs

April 29 – $253,114 in direct federal assistance for FEMA Mission #2633-240805

  • Award notes: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) will provide staff at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, IA

April 29 – $2,918,250 in direct federal assistance for FEMA Mission #2633-240842

  • Award notes: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) will provide acute care (M/S) or intensive care (ICU) beds, as necessary, for residents/patients from the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, IA

May 6 – $78,305,740.90 from FEMA for Emergency Protective Measures performed as a result of FEMA-DR-4483-IA (COVID-19 Pandemic).

May 7 – $13,609,340  in direct federal assistance for FEMA Mission #2633-240805

  • Award notes: National Guard personnel under Title 32 pursuant to Section 3 of the President's April 14, 2020 proclamation on Providing Federal Support for Governors Use of the National Guard to Respond to COVID-19 (extension requested to June 30, 2020)

Total: $144,861,544

Awards under FEMA review (as of May 19):

$273,713 for state response costs; award noticed on March 23

  • Award notes: EOC support costs (meals and supplies), response OT, charter services

The under-review award for Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program was reported received by Iowa Human Services on June 1.


Other Known Federal Funding for COVID-19

Department of Education

$119,776,010 for the Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER) Fund institution allocations – authorized by the CARES Act.

  • Full list of institutions available here.
    • $59,888,023 is the minimum allocation required to be awarded to students as Emergency Financial Aid Grants

$26,217,108 for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund – authorized by the CARES Act. More information here.

Total: $145,993,118

IA-03 Total: $21,900,227


Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

April 2nd – First allocation of CARES Act funding

  • $22,512,757 – HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program
    • $3,004,377 in CDBGs for IA-03 cities
  • $11,186,599 – HUD's Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program
    • $1,108,334 ESG for Des Moines
  • $104,064 – HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program

May 1 – Second allocation of CARES Act funding

  • $9,529,120  – HUD nonentitlement CDBG

July 10 - HUD formula grant awards

  • $2,872,290 through CDBG, HOME grants

July 24 - additional HUD formula grants

  • $39,789,423 through ESG, CDBG, and OPWA grants
    • $1,568,330 of these grants allocated for Council Bluffs

September 9 – additional CDBG grants

  • $12,331,201 CDBG, including $7,221,303 nonentitlement grant funding
    • $366,447 for Council Bluffs
    • $1,241,887 for Des Moines
    • $335,609 for West Des Moines

Total: $88,796,334

IA-03 Total: $7,624,984


Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) provides assistance to agricultural commodity producers to absorb revenue losses and adjust to market changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Data as of July 10, 2020:

  • Non-speciality* payments: $253,333,718.65 (32,014 applications)
  • Speciality payments: $6,234.25 (4 applications)
  • Livestock payments: $280,249,103.72 (16,129 applications)
  • Dairy payments: $32,282,368.84 (774 applications)

CFAP Total: 567,871,425.46 (35,276 approved applications)

*Non-specialty commodities include malting barley, canola, corn, upland cotton, millet, oats, soybeans, sorghum, sunflowers, durum wheat, hard red spring wheat, and wool.

The congressionally approved Families First Coronavirus Response Act authorized assistance to Iowa through the USDA's Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).

TEFAP Total: $2,922,705


Department of Justice (DOJ)

The Department of Justice has issued grants for the State of Iowa and Iowa counties and cities through the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding (CESF) Program.

The full list of grants can be found here.

Grants obligated for Iowa's Third Congressional District:

  • April 22: $35,648 for Indianola
  • May 25: $58,334 for Council Bluffs
  • May 31: $509,302 for Des Moines
  • June 3: $35,773 for Polk County

CESF Total: $7,956,042

IA-03 Total: $639,057


Department of Commerce

July 16 – $13.1 million in Economic Development Administration (EDA) CARES Act Recovery Assistance grants to capitalize and administer Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) that will provide critical gap financing to small businesses and entrepreneurs that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic across Iowa.

  • IA-03 EDA Grants:
    • $550,000 for Southwest Iowa Planning Council in Atlantic, IA
    • $550,000 for Mid-Iowa Development Fund, Inc. in Polk City, IA
    • $1,529,007 for Southern Iowa Development Group Inc. in Creston, IA

August 12 – $795,945 in Economic Development Administration CARES Act Grants to support economic revitalization

  • $400,000 for the Southwest Iowa Planning Council based in Atlantic, in Cass County
  • $395,945 for the Southern Iowa Council of Governments based in Creston, in Union County

EDA Grant total: $13.8 million

IA-03 total: $3,424,952