Assistance Framework for

Health Programs

The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF), a part of the American Rescue Plan, delivers $350 billion to state, local, and Tribal governments across the country to support their response to and recovery from the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Will County is committed to supporting the response to and recovery from COVID-19. The County, using the allocation of over $134 million from the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF), a part of the American Rescue Plan, has dedicated over $25 million for community groups, healthcare partners, and non-profit organizations to support a strong, resilient, and equitable recovery. Will County is opening the application to entities supporting efforts to address food stabilization, behavioral health, violence prevention, and innovative response to improved health outcomes.

The Health Programs Pillar includes the following prioritized categories

Food Stabilization

Behavioral Health

Violence Prevention

General Health

Health Programs

Allocations for health programs will be focused on two primary categories 1) Services and 2) Access. The pandemic exposed an increased call for community-based services, a shorter-term response addressing the immediate needs brought on by the pandemic. Funds will be committed to improving access to resources and services to address inequities created or expanded by the public health crisis. 

Services – Existing Access – New/Expanded
Execute an activity with an eligible use to support programs addressing the impacts of COVID-19 Increase services, remove barriers, & solidify access to underserved communities facing disparities worsened by COVID-19

Target Population

U.S. Treasury guidance identifies two groups that are prioritized: Disproportionately Impacted and Impacted. Mental health can impact anyone, regardless of income. However, disproportionately impacted residents may need aid for inequities in access to providers. 

Disproportionately Impacted Impacted

Households residing in Qualified Census Tracts

Households that qualify for certain federal benefits

Low or moderate income households

Households that experienced unemployment

Households that experienced increased food or housing insecurity


The framework below outlines examples of the types of eligible activities which may be considered. 

Food Stabilization


Food assistance (e.g., child nutrition programs, including school meals)

Food Distribution


Capital expenditure to close the gap on food insecurities and address food deserts




Crisis care

Diversion programs

Harm reduction & long-term recovery support

Mental/behavioral health and substance use treatment and/or prevention


Support for equitable access to reduce disparities in access to high-quality treatment

Expansion of evidence-based services for opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and recovery

Behavioral health facilities

Outreach to individuals not yet engaged in treatment

Violence Prevention


Recovery programs for victims of crime

Crime reduction and violence prevention


Efforts to mitigate crime and address root causes

General Health


COVID-19 mitigation and prevention efforts


Measures to expand access and address healthcare inequities


Please complete by filling out the online application or downloading the provided application.

applications due by 10/28

For questions or technical assistance throughout the application process, please contact