The Urgency and Importance of Applying for FEMA Public Assistance

Vermont Emergency Management, the Vermont Agency of Administration, and your fellow Vermonters in need ask all Vermont entities that are eligible to receive FEMA Public Assistance and have over $3300 in FEMA eligible costs to apply for FEMA Public Assistance at your earliest convenience. This is the policy of the Vermont Agency of Administration, and is required in many of the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) appropriations.

Eligible entities applying for FEMA Public Assistance will help the State maximize other federal funding sources, such as the CRF, for the benefit of all Vermonters. CRF is able to cover not only your local 25% cost share for FEMA eligible expenses, but also many essential costs not covered by FEMA, making it a much more versatile funding source that can benefit Vermonters not eligible for FEMA Public Assistance.

Your timely FEMA application will help the State fully budget and conserve CRF dollars for other necessary uses. We thank each of you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter. Please refer to the FEMA overview documents on our website for additional information on the FEMA Public Assistance application process.

Beginning on September 15, 2020, the following FEMA eligibility guidance is in effect:

New FEMA Policy for Declarations

FEMA COVID Resource Summary Report

FEMA Applicant Aids

FEMA provided cost documentation templates for:

FEMA Public Assistance Overview

Guidehouse Descriptions of Work Template

Tell the story: what (activities costs were associated with); who (staffed it and was served); when (dates costs incurred); where (location of activities); how (how the applicant used this project to respond to the emergency – how your efforts supported the management, control and reduction of immediate threat to public health and safety); and why (certain actions were implemented).

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