FEMA Funding Updates March 29
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Federal Stimulus FundingCARES / CRSSA / ARP : Section 2001 of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) of 2021 requires the Department of Education (Department) to allocate $121,974,800,000 in awards to State educational agencies (SEAs) through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III Fund).
Funds may be used to develop strategies and implement public health protocols including, policies in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on reopening and operating schools to effectively maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff, as well as:
- training and professional development on sanitizing and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases;
- purchasing supplies to sanitize and clean the LEA’s facilities;
- repairing and improving school facilities to reduce risk of virus transmission and exposure to environmental health hazards;
- improving indoor air quality.
FEMA- Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act
All 50 states, the District of Columbia, five territories, and numerous tribes are working directly with FEMA under President Trump’s March 13, 2020, nationwide emergency declaration for COVID-19, which was extended by President Biden’s Memorandum of February 2, 2021. Under this emergency declaration, and subsequent major disaster declarations, certain private non-profit (PNP) organizations are eligible to apply for funding through FEMA’s Public Assistance program.
FEMA cost share is applied for through the Coronavirus Pandemic: Public Assistance Simplified Application. The process to apply for a grant is easily accessible online. Those PNP Eligible Critical Services include primary or secondary education as determined under State law and provided in a day or residential school including parochial schools.
Such assistance may include funding for the provision of personal protective equipment and disinfecting services and supplies. FEMA shall make assistance under this section available at a 100 percent Federal cost share until September 30, 2021.
Process to receive FEMA COVID-19 Public Assistance
FEMA cost share is applied for through the Coronavirus Pandemic: Public Assistance Simplified Application. The process to apply for a grant online is:
- Create an account at Public Assistance (PA) grants portal.
- Submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA)
- Submit a COVID-19 Streamlined Application
- FEMA and recipient review documents
- Applicant signs project
- Receive funding through recipient.
Recipients should work through their FEMA regional points of contact to make sure that FEMA-State/Tribal/Territorial Agreements, Signed Federal Grant Applications (SF- 424), and Updated Recipient Public Assistance Administrative Plans have been filled out. FEMA regional point of contacts here.
Additional information here.
FEMA provides grant funding for permanent restoration of damaged facilities, including
cost-effective hazard mitigation to protect the facilities from future damages. (This is
classified as Permanent Work). Permanent Work includes the restoration of
buildings/equipment, and must be required as a result of the declared incident.
Eligible work includes:
- Restoration of disaster-damaged facilities and equipment;
- Alternate Projects (e.g., purchasing equipment, constructing new facilities, improvements to undamaged facilities) in declared areas.
These are sourced from the Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide (Effective June
Eligible Recipients for FEMA COVID-19 Public Assistance
States, local, and tribal governments are eligible.
Some private non-profit organizations are eligible.