- Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Media Contact for MEMA Hosts COVID-19 Recovery Webinars for Nonprofits
Christopher Besse, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Framingham — The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is hosting two webinars in December for nonprofits and government agencies in Massachusetts to provide information on how they may be eligible to recoup costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The webinars will be held on Tuesday, December 7 at 10:00 AM and Thursday, December 9 at 1:00 PM. Information on how to register for the sessions can be found at: https://bit.ly/MEMAwebinars. For those unable to attend the webinars, recordings of the briefings will also be available on MEMA’s website.
Since the COVID-19 Federal Disaster Declaration for Massachusetts was announced on March 28, 2020, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has made changes to its Public Assistance Program related to COVID-19. Those changes have expanded the types of eligible costs for reimbursement, which organizations can participate, and the period of time for covered expenses.
FEMA Public Assistance is available to reimburse 100% of all eligible COVID-19 response expenses from January 21, 2020, to April 1, 2022. Applicants that can receive this funding include local and state government agencies and the institutions that have a current 501(c)(3) IRS Ruling Letter, including, but not limited to:
- Houses of Worship;
- Assisted Living Facilities; and
- Community Centers.
Types of Eligible Costs
- PPE: Purchase and distribution of face masks, including cloth face coverings.
- Cleaning and Disinfection of Facilities: necessary supplies and equipment that exceed regularly budgeted costs and meet CDC guidelines.
- COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing.
- Screening and Temperature Scanning: hand-held temperature measuring devices or temperature screening equipment.
- Temporary Physical Barriers: plexiglass, screens, and dividers.
- Signage: communications to provide warnings about COVID-19 risks and support social distancing, such as floor decals.
Project applications for the FEMA Public Assistance Program are submitted to FEMA from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), which coordinates the process and provides assistance to eligible applicants.
MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA's staff of professional planners, communications specialists, and operations and support personnel is committed to an all-hazards approach to emergency management. By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state, and local government agencies, and with the private sector - individuals, families, non-profits, and businesses - MEMA ensures the Commonwealth's ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, ensuring effective response, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover. For additional information about MEMA and Emergency Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema.