The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published this fact sheet to clarify that FEMA will pay 100% federal funding for the costs of activities that have previously been determined eligible, from the beginning of the pandemic in January 2020 to September 30, 2021. 

All work eligible under FEMA’s existing COVID-19 policies, including increasing medical capacity, non-congregate sheltering, and emergency feeding distribution will be reimbursed at 100% federal share. For projects that have already been approved, FEMA will amend the existing awards to adjust the federal funding amounts. 

President Biden’s directive allows FEMA to expand the activities eligible for reimbursement for work conducted after January 21, 2021 and until September 30, 2021 to include support for the safe opening and operation of eligible schools, child-care facilities, healthcare facilities, non-congregate shelters, domestic violence shelters, and transit systems.  This may include funding for the provision of personal protective equipment, and disinfecting services.

Learn more about a free ICMA February 18 webinar, Covid-19 Cost Recovery, on how to maximize federal reimbursements for COVID-19 costs.