Cook County Disaster Response and Recovery Fund

On November 16, 2023, the Cook County Board of Commissioners approved the creation of the Cook County Disaster Response and Recovery Fund with an initial appropriation of $100 million in this special purpose fund. Expenditure of the Disaster Response and Recovery Fund is only permissible upon the designation of a declared disaster at the County, State, or Federal level. 

In FY 2024, the Disaster Response and Recovery Fund was allocated $20 million for municipal or local government costs related to disaster response and recovery, which may include support for new arrivals. 

In the case of a declared disaster, municipalities would be eligible to apply for emergency funding as part of the $20 million municipal and local government allocation. The approval of any funds is at the discretion of the Chief Financial Officer and the Executive Director of the Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security. The stated allocation is approved for FY 2024 and is subject to change in future fiscal years.

To notify Cook County of a potentially eligible ongoing disaster response, please contact us via email at duty.desk@cookcountyil.gov or via phone at our Duty Desk at 312-603-8185.