CARES Act Assistance Update
The City of South Fulton is excited to provide assistance to residents negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiatives include rental and mortgage assistance, small business relief and education/recreation opportunities.
The city is funding these efforts with more than $4.14 million in CARES Act funding received from the federal government through the Fulton County Commission. We are thankful to all on both of those levels who helped secure this funding to serve South Fulton residents.
You can learn more about each initiative - including eligibility requirements and how to apply for or secure assistance - in the corresponding tabs below. You also can read the city's decision memo highlighting the city's CARES Act Funding Plan.
- Mortgage and Rent Assistance
- Small Business Assistance
- Education and Recreation
- Gladiator Benefits
- Employee Childcare Assistance
The application period for the city’s rent and mortgage assistance initiative has closed. The city is working with the Georgia Micro Enterprise Network (GMEN) to manage the selection of applicants and the distribution of funds.
A statewide nonprofit agency with more 20 years of experience in administering federally funded programs, the network started communicating with applicants by email on December 7. Specifically, it is contacting all applicants to collect supporting documentation and issue notices of award.
GMEN then will make payments of $1,200 to landlords or mortgage companies on behalf of eligible South Fulton residents. Applicants that are not eligible for the program will receive letters explaining why they were disqualified. The main reasons for disqualification are that applicants live outside of the City of South Fulton as defined by data from the Georgia geographical information system or they have self-reported household income that is above the maximum allowed by the assistance program.
The City of South Fulton is offering financial assistance to small businesses in the city that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. City economic development officials plan to use $500,000 in CARES Act funding to provide relief grants.
Twenty-five grants of $19,000 each will be awarded. The remaining amount will go to an external partner to manage the process.
Find out more about the small business assistance program.
Launch Date: Nov. 25, 2020
The City of South Fulton is using CARES Act funding to assist parents who are unable able to work from home and who need childcare in a supervised, social-distanced, virtual learning environment.
The city’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department will activate five education pods at a pilot location. Each pod – a contained space with barriers to ensure social distancing and other safety measures – will accommodate six students, allowing the city to serve 30 virtual learners when the program launches Nov. 30.
The department also will use mobile hotspots to create pop-up recreational sites where outdoor recreational programming can be offered. The MobileRec program will allow participants to use smart devices to connect to online fitness activities and maintain social distancing guidelines.
Launch Date: November 30, 2020
In April 2020, the City of South Fulton created the Gladiator Benefits program for essential employees assigned to hazardous duty during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the program, essential employees earn deferred leave in addition to vacation, sick time and other forms of leave. They are able to access this time whenever needed.
The program was launched with the understanding that accrued leave could be converted to cash when federal relief funds – such as assistance received from the CARES Act – became available.
City officials have dedicated $379,318 in CARES funding to allow employees to convert some of their leave. For more information on how to take advantage of this benefit, contact the Human Resources Department.
The City of South Fulton has dedicated $40,000 in CARES Act funding to provide childcare and virtual school assistance for city employees not able to send their children to school when they are working from home.
The initiative is managed through Care.com, a recognized provider of child and adult care. Each employee has been allotted 10 days of virtual school programming or on-site care at a provider identified by Care.com. SCare.com. mployees can access the hours by visiting
Read the implementation plan.