LANSING – The Biden administration on Monday opened up its request line for some $350 billion in funds to help state, county and local governments recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, with nearly $11 billion available for Michigan and its communities.

“With this funding, communities hit hard by COVID-19 will able to return to a semblance of normalcy. They’ll be able to rehire teachers, firefighters and other essential workers, and to help small businesses reopen safely,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said.

The funding was approved as part of the $1.9-trillion package requested by President Joe Biden and passed by Congress this year. Governments will be able to request the funding through a portal put in place by the U.S. Treasury.

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