Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information, Resources and Updates for Public Assistance

COVID-19 Event Summary


Incident Period: January 20, 2020-Ongoing

Assistance Authorized: Category B, Emergency Protective Measures

Request for Public Assistance Deadline: TBD


Who is eligible?

Eligible applicants include state agencies, local governments, and certain private non-profit (PNP) organizations. 

PNPs must have “an effective ruling letter from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, granting tax exemption under sections 501(c), (d), or (e) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, or satisfactory evidence from the State that the non revenue producing organization or entity is a nonprofit one organized or doing business under State law.” Additionally, for a PNP operated facility to be eligible, the PNP must demonstrate the facility provides a critical service or provides a non-critical, but essential government service and is open to the general public. A facility that provides a critical service is defined as one used for an educational, utility, emergency, or medical purpose.

What is eligible? 

Eligible Assistance Under the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration described above, FEMA may provide assistance for emergency protective measures including, but not limited to, the following, if not funded by the HHS/CDC or other federal agency. While some activities listed may be eligible for funding through HHS/CDC, final reimbursement determinations will be coordinated by HHS and FEMA. FEMA will not duplicate any assistance provided by HHS/CDC):  

FEMA Public Assistance is limited to 75% reimbursement. The eligible applicant is responsible for 25% of the total cost: ​

Management, control and reduction of immediate threats to public health and safety:

  • Emergency Operation Center costs

  • Training specific to the declared event

  • Disinfection of eligible public facilities

  • Technical assistance to state, tribal, territorial or local governments on emergency management and control of immediate threats to public health and safety

Emergency medical care:

  • Non‐deferrable medical treatment of infected persons in a shelter or temporary medical facility

  • Related medical facility services and supplies

  • Temporary medical facilities and/or enhanced medical/hospital capacity (for treatment when existing facilities are reasonably forecasted to become overloaded in the near term and cannot accommodate the patient load or to quarantine potentially infected persons)

  • Use of specialized medical equipment

  • Medical waste disposal

  • Emergency medical transport

Medical sheltering (e.g. when existing facilities are reasonably forecasted to become overloaded in the near future and cannot accommodate needs)

  • All sheltering must be conducted in accordance with standards and/or guidance approved by HHS/CDC and must be implemented in a manner that incorporates social distancing measures

  • Non‐congregate medical sheltering is subject to prior approval by FEMA and is limited to that which is reasonable and necessary to address the public health needs of the event, is pursuant to the direction of appropriate public health officials and does not extend beyond the duration of the Public Health Emergency

  • Household pet sheltering and containment actions related to household pets in accordance with CDC guidelines

Purchase and distribution of food, water, ice, medicine, and other consumable supplies, to include personal protective equipment and hazardous material suits

Movement of supplies and persons

Security and law enforcement

Communications of general health and safety information to the public


Search and rescue to locate and recover members of the population requiring assistance


Reimbursement for state, tribe, territory and/or local government force account overtime costs


What is NOT Eligible?

  • Loss of Revenue
  • Loss of Useful Service Life
  • Tax Assessments
  • Increased Operating Costs

How do you apply?

Please click here to Apply on the FEMA Grants Portal ​


What’s next?

  • Review appropriate Applicant Briefing (posted below)

  • If not already completed, an account will be created by MEMA and Request for PA submitted on your behalf after Google Form is completed

  • Follow “Streamlined Project Application” instructions



    • FEMA Region III Policy Guidance - Purchase and Distribution of Food Eligibility - Final.pdf Food Bank Guidance Fact Sheet
      • ​Extensions for feeding operations over 30 days must be requested through contacting the email below *Failure to do so, may affect Public Assistance Funding*

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