Public Assistance for COVID-19

FEMA Public Assistance funding is available for all eligible subrecipients throughout North Carolina who have incurred costs due to emergency measures and protective actions to reduce or eliminate the threat of COVID-19. Eligible subrecipients include local governments, counties, special political subdivisions and authorities, tribal entities, certain private non-profits (community centers, food programs, hospitals, assisted living facilities, shelters, utility cooperatives), K-12 schools, and institutions of higher education. An applicant must have a minimum of $3,300 of eligible costs (FFY2020) for FEMA to allow a project for cost reimbursement to be written as an emergency protective measure (or Category B work). 
Key facts for COVID-19 and FEMA Public Assistance: 

  • Funds are paid on a reimbursement basis, but expedited funding is available.
  • For this event, eligible reimbursable work and costs are those related to emergency protective measures that have been taken or that will be taken to eliminate or lessen immediate threats to lives, public health and safety due to COVID-19.
  • The incident started January 20, 2020 and is ongoing.
  • Applicants must work though and maintain access to the FEMA Grants Portal (as with a natural disaster event) to access funding.

NCEM’s Public Assistance team can help: 

  • Navigate FEMA PA's policies, regulations and laws for Category B work.
  • Provide technical assistance to help applicants register in the FEMA Grants Portal and to submit their required documentation. 
  • Guide applicants with submitting small and large projects to FEMA that clearly define work done due to COVID-19.

COVID-19 PA Applicant Brief