The city of Princeton is poised to receive more than $200,000 in federal funding to cover expenses related to COVID-19.

On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced 15 western Kentucky governments have applied for and been granted $3.67 million in reimbursements from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for local governments. Princeton is among 16 others to have received preliminary approval, meaning the city will receive reimbursements once final documentation is submitted to DLG.

If approved, the city will use $201,725 to reimburse fire department and police payroll costs.

“Our local governments have been lifelines in our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why this funding is so important,” Beshear said. “We are grateful for their hard work and dedication to keeping Kentuckians safe.”

Department for Local Government Commissioner Dennis Keene mentioned how essential reimbursements are for local governments.

“We know our local governments are experiencing decreases in revenue, making this funding even more important while we combat this crisis,” he said. “Our staff is working diligently to make the process simple and efficient so we can get reimbursements out the door to our cities and counties as quickly as possible.”

Since the application was released in May, DLG has received approximately 140 applications for reimbursement from city and county governments across the commonwealth that are pending approval until all documentation is submitted. In addition, 58 applications have already been approved totaling $30.15 million.