DHSES to Hold Additional Applicant Briefings on FEMA Funding Available for COVID-19

Local Governments and Private Non-Profits Encouraged to Attend Virtual Briefings to Learn More about Eligibility and Requirements


Applicant Briefings to be held between June 17 – July 29


MAYVILLE, N.Y.: — Chautauqua County Officials have recently been notified by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) that it is offering additional virtual Applicant Briefings to discuss Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding available to eligible entities for COVID-19.

DHSES’ Office of Disaster Recovery will be holding four additional workshops on June 17, June 30, July 15, and July 29 at 1 p.m. These meetings are available to state agencies and authorities, local and tribal governments, and private non-profits. Each briefing will be held via WebEx and will last approximately one hour.

The sessions will provide guidance on federal funding available under the COVID-19 major disaster declaration (DR-4480), which was issued by President Donald Trump on March 20, 2020. It will discuss eligibility standards and the types of expenditures that are reimbursable under this declaration. The current COVID-19 FEMA disaster grant can provide funding for actions taken before, during and following a disaster to save lives, protect public health and ensure the safety of citizens. Some of the items that may be eligible for federal reimbursement are:

–          Virus testing;

–          Medical supplies and equipment (e.g. personal protective equipment);

–          Shelters or emergency care;

–          Provision of food, water, ice, and other essential needs;

–          Emergency Operation Center operations; and

–          Security for temporary facilities.

For more information, or to sign up for an Applicant Briefing visit http://www.dhses.ny.gov/ , click on “Disaster Recovery” and then “Active Declarations.”