Memorandum to Increase Reimburishment and Other Assistance Provided to States



Sec. 3. Assistance for Category B Emergency Protective Measures. (a) In accordance with sections 403 (42 U.S.C. 5170b) and 502 (42 U.S.C. 5192) of the Stafford Act, FEMA shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, make available under Category B of the Public Assistance program such assistance as may be required by States (including territories and the District of Columbia), local governments, and Tribal governments to provide for 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. Such assistance may include funding for the provision of personal protective equipment and disinfecting services and supplies.

(b) FEMA shall make assistance under this section available at a 100 percent Federal cost share until September 30, 2021.

Sec. 4. Advanced Reimbursement. To make reimbursements for approved work under the Stafford Act to respond to COVID-19 available more quickly, FEMA shall expedite reimbursement for eligible emergency work projects and, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, provide an advance of the Federal share on a percentage of the expected reimbursement from FEMA-approved projects.

Sec. 5. One-Hundred Percent Cost Share Termination. The 100 percent Federal cost share for use of National Guard forces authorized by section 2(b) of this memorandum shall extend to, and shall be available for, orders of any length authorizing duty through September 30, 2021.

Eligible Activities

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.

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.

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