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FEMA Public Assistance Program: COVID-19 Response

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis



The Federal Emergency Management Agency Provides reimbursement to eligible state, territorial, tribal, and local government entities, and certain nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures in response to COVID-19 National Emergency Declarations.

FEMA funds may be used for:

  • 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
  • Use of specialized medical equipment
  • Medical waste disposal
  • Emergency medical transport
  • Medical sheltering
  • 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 and the 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

The 4 basic components of eligibility are:

  • The applicant must be a state, territory, tribe, local government, or private nonprofit organization.
  • A facility must be a building, public works, system, equipment, or natural feature.
  • Work is categorized as either emergency or permanent. It must be required as a result of the declared incident, located within the designated disaster area, and the legal responsibility of the applicant.
  • Cost is the funding tied directly to eligible work, and must be adequately documented, authorized, necessary, and reasonable.

FEMA will not duplicate assistance provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or other federal agencies.

Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. territories
Amount of funding

Federal assistance is 75% of the eligible cost.

Application process

Contact the local or state emergency manager to begin the process and submit a Request for Public Assistance Form. Applicants are highly encouraged to submit their forms through the online FEMA Grants Portal for faster processing.

Technical assistance:

FEMA will accept applications for 30 days after the end of the emergency declaration.

Tagged as
Emergency preparedness and response · Healthcare business and finance · Healthcare facilities · Infectious diseases

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For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.