COVID-19 – Funding Update – FEMA Grants

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On March 30, 2020, President Trump declared a major disaster in Pennsylvania, which allows additional federal funding to be dispersed to the Commonwealth. Grants are available for the following:

  • State, local, tribal and territorial governments.
  • Eligible private nonprofit (PNP) organizations with an IRS effective ruling letter granting tax exemption under section 501(c), (d), or (e), including hospitals and related facilities, clinics, long-term care facilities, and outpatient facilities. Definition of an eligible PNP can be found here. Attached is a chart that is helpful to determine PNP eligibility as well.

FEMA is simplifying the process so applicants may directly apply for assistance through the PA Grants Portal. The registration requires basic information to quickly set up your organization’s account and process your request for FEMA Public Assistance Funding. Once completed the account and request will be submitted to the state/territory Emergency Management representative and FEMA for review and approval. The process to register is very simple. Once registration is reviewed and eligibility is approved, a PA representative will be in touch on processing the application. Costs must be directly tied to the performance of eligible work, documented, and reasonable in nature and amount. Examples of eligible costs include:

  • For emergency work:
  • Overtime labor for budgeted employees and straight-time and overtime labor for unbudgeted employees;
  • Backfill employee labor, Call-back pay, Night-time pay, Weekend differential pay, Stand-by time;
  • Necessary equipment;
  • Necessary supplies and materials.

Please contact us if you have questions, we are happy to guide you through this process.