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COVID-19 Major Disaster Declaration

In April 2021, FEMA released new guidance new guidance which broadens eligibility for municipalities to recover 100% federal funds for certain COVID-19 costs. The new FEMA eligibility policy is in effect for costs incurred between January 21, 2021 and September 30, 2021.   Here is an overview of FEMA-eligible costs:

Eligible if incurred between 1/21/2021-9/30/2021

Eligible Cost Type

Examples

Eligibility

Purchase and distribution of PPE

Face masks, face shields, gloves, gowns, etc.

Eligible for use in any facility that your organization is responsible for, and can be used by the organization staff as well as by the general public who visit your facilities

Cleaning and disinfection (both supplies and labor) that exceed

pre-pandemic routine costs

Disinfectants, wipes, hand sanitizers, etc. Note: only the amount that exceeds routine costs is eligible

Eligible for use in any facility that your organization is responsible for

COVID-19 diagnostic testing within your organization

All costs associated with testing - setup, administration, PPE for the administers, etc.

Eligible for all organization staff in any facility that your organization is responsible for (this is to help organizations reopen safely, not to be confused with community-based testing)

Purchase and distribution of screening and temperature scanning devices

Hand-held temperature devices, kiosks, etc.

Eligible for use in any facility that your organization is responsible for, and can be used by the organization staff as well as by the general public who visit your facilities

Purchase and installation of temporary physical barriers

Plexiglass dividers, etc. Note: permanent installations of new physical barriers, such as walls, are not eligible

Eligible for use in any facility that your organization is responsible for

Storage of supplies based on projected need

All eligible costs listed in this chart

Materials purchased before 1/21/2021 but used between 1/21/2021-9/30/2021 are eligible

 

Here is the full text of the new FEMA eligibility guidance: https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_covid-19-pandemic-safe-opening-operation-work-eligible-public-assistance-interim-policy.pdf

**Note that the FEMA minimum threshold for a FEMA project is $3,300. You may combine eligible costs for any of the items listed above to reach the $3,300 minimum to submit a project.

If questions, contact Vermont Public Assistance Officer Kim Canarecci (kim.canarecci@vermont.gov).

PowerPoint Presentation for Applicants Briefing
Applicant Briefing #1 Q&A
Applicant Briefing #2 Q&A
Federal Disaster Declaration 4532-DR
Federal Disaster Declaration Request
Vermont Emergency Management Public Assistance Program Site
Federal Emergency Management Agency Individual Assistance Program Site