WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently reaffirmed its commitment to supporting state, local, tribal and territorial partners in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The additional direction received recently from the President will allow FEMA to increase this support to state, local, tribal, and territorial partners through additional federal funding. Specifically, the President’s directive allows FEMA to pay 100% federal funding for the costs of activities that have previously been determined eligible, from the beginning of the pandemic in January 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021.
This means that all work eligible under FEMA’s existing COVID-19 policies, including increasing medical capacity, non-congregate sheltering, and emergency feeding distribution will be reimbursed at 100% federal share. For projects that have already been approved, FEMA will amend the existing awards to adjust the federal funding amounts. No action will be required by the applicants.
In addition, the President’s directive allows FEMA to expand the activities eligible for reimbursement for work conducted after Jan. 21, 2021 and until Sept. 30, 2021. Specifically, the costs to support the safe opening and operation of eligible schools, child-care facilities, healthcare facilities, non-congregate shelters, domestic violence shelters, transit systems, and other eligible applicants will be eligible after Jan. 21.
FEMA states this may include funding for the provision of personal protective equipment, disinfecting services and supplies. These costs will also be reimbursed at 100% federal share. In the coming days, FEMA will issue an amended COVID-19 policy to implement this directive.
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