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COVID 19 - Disaster Funding

FEMA Offers Missouri Officials Training On Federal Disaster Procurement Process

At the request of the State of Missouri, FEMA has scheduled two virtual training sessions on federal requirements for the general procurement process during disasters. The trainings offered to Missouri state and local officials will take place May 22 and May 28 at 10 a.m. (CDT). These two-hour programs can handle large groups. However, if there is still a need, FEMA may offer an additional session in June.
 
Training Sessions 
May 22 , 10 a.m. - noon   
https://fema.connectsolutions.com/rkivymcbisnn/
Audio: 888-270-9936, 1017496#
 
May 28, 10 a.m. - noon                     
https://fema.connectsolutions.com/rxosnh26hi11/
Audio: 888-270-9936, 1017496#

 

FEMA Region 7 Update (May 19, 2020) 
FEMA has obligated nearly $1.8 million to the State of Missouri on behalf of the City of St. Louis to help reimburse eligible expenses for emergency protective measures that the City has incurred as a result of its response to COVID-19. The money reimburses 75 percent of eligible costs associated with buying essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and medical supplies and equipment, as well as overtime costs for first responders.

12 members of AmeriCorps St. Louis are working in multiple capacities to help support public and non-profit organizations in St. Louis and Kansas City that are responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • In St. Louis, team members are helping with outreach services to the unhoused population, partnering with The Salvation Army to assist with food delivery distribution, and disseminating COVID-19 related information, including the locations of testing sites in the area.
  • In the Kansas City metro area, team members are helping with donations management and supporting volunteer intake and registration for the Medical Reserve Corps that serves the nine-county KC metro. The Medical Reserve Corps is a national network of local groups of volunteers committed to improving the health, safety and resiliency of their communities.
  • FEMA tasked the team to provide the assistance through its parent organization, the Corporation for National and Community Service

 

CARES Act:

The Missouri Treasurer’s office has released a spreadsheet showing how funding for the Federal CARES act will be allocated to Missouri Local Governments.  Missouri received $2.3 billion.  Of this, St. Louis County ($173 million) and Jackson County ($122 million) were guaranteed funding as entities with a population over 500k.  Twenty-five percent of the remaining funds totaling $520 million is to be distributed to Missouri counties.  The CARES act specifically states that entities receiving funds may pass through these monies to political subdivisions within their jurisdiction.  The act further specifies that unused funds must be returned to the U.S. Treasury.  Missouri cities are encouraged to contact their county government regarding CARES funding.

While the CARES Act funds cannot be used to help cities make up for lost revenue, there are a few items allowed that could be useful for cities:

  • Payroll expenses for public safety, public health, health care, human services, and similar employees whose services are substantially dedicated to mitigating or responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Expenses to improve telework capabilities for public employees to enable compliance with COVID-19 public health precautions.
  • Expenses of providing paid sick and paid family and medical leave to public employees to enable compliance with COVID-19 public health precautions.
  • Expenses for care for homeless populations provided to mitigate COVID-19 effects and enable compliance with COVID-19 public health precautions.
  • Expenditures related to the provision of grants to small businesses to reimburse the costs of business interruption caused by required closures.

U.S. Treasury CAREs Resource page for State and Local Gov

Mo. Treasurer's CAREs Act Funding Page

CARES Act Practical Guidance (Circular #8) from Lauber Municipal Law, LLC

 

FEMA Request for Public Assistance Form Extended

Now is the time to submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) in case your municipality might be eligible to receive FEMA money related to COVID 19 now or in the upcoming months. The RPA deadline is nationally extended and will remain open for the duration of the Public Health Emergency and the foreseeable future, unless an earlier deadline is deemed appropriat.

Please check and see if your municipality has already filled out this form and make sure not to fill it out again.

There are two ways to fill out the form. (To fill out this form you will need 1) Federal Tax ID # - FEIN, 2) Dun and Bradstreet # - DUNS # and 3) PA ID # - FIPS #):


1.    Set up your Grants Portal account and request an RPA digitally or
2.    Print and fill out form. (email back to: sema.pa@sema.dps.mo.gov)


Filling out this form does not lock a municipality into participating in this program but once the date closes, it is difficult to get into the system.Municipalities are considered eligible in this instance and all counties are automatically eligible as it relates to this disaster declaration (DR 4490). 

The funds can only be used for Emergency Protective Measures *(Category B) which include but are not limited to:
• Eliminate immediate threats to lives or public health or safety.
• Eliminate immediate threats of significant damage to improved public or private property.
*Examples include: COVID-19 response and supplies, temporary staffing, sheltering, security, etc.
In order to get reimbursed for these items, code all appropriate expenses to COVID-19. These are separate from normal everyday costs and other federal funds you may receive.
There are also two types of projects: Small – a project that costs more than $3,300 but less than $131,100 and Large – a project that costs more than $131,100. CDBG can cover the non-federal share of a project, where 75% of a project can funded with federal funds and 25% from non-federal funds

For more information, please see the SEMA News Release,theSEMA Public Assistance Informationand Videoand the contact information for yourSEMA Team Member.

 

FEMA Updates (April 15, 2020)

  • FEMA modified the Homeland Security Grant Program Application Requirements as a result of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. FEMA is allowing recipients awards at the "high end" of their target allocations. In addition, the deadline for the State Homeland Security Program and Urban Area Security Initiative applicants submitting complete project-level information has been extended to December 2020 instead of including them with the application materials on April 30, 2020. FEMA will evaluate the effectiveness of projects submitted in the December 2020 report but will not reduce this year's awards based on this effectiveness review. Any questions regarding the modification can be directed to FEMA Headquarters Preparedness Officers or the Centralized Scheduling and Information Desk or by calling (800) 368-6498, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.
  • The Federal Aviation Administration provide a document, which is attached, on how $10 billion from the CARES Act will be distributed by state and specific airports. Additional information is being posted at www.faa.gov/airports/cares_act.  

 

Missouri Department of Economic Development

$13.6 Million in Community Development Block Grant Funds Now Available
The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced that it will receive $13.6 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to support Missouri’s COVID-19 response efforts.

The CDBG funds are part of over $57.7 million of HUD grants allocated to the State and individual communities. In addition to CDBG, the grants also include $19 million for the Emergency Solutions Grant program and $720,000 for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program. The State’s $13.6 million CDBG allocation will be allocated to non-entitlement areas across the state, which include incorporated municipalities under 50,000 and counties under 200,000 in population.
Learn more.


EPA Environmental Justice Grants Opportunity to Address COVID-19 Impacts Faced by Vulnerable Communities is Now Open!

2020 Request for Applications open to States, Local Governments, Tribes, and Territories

Full Application Due Date: Tuesday June 30, 2020 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time

EPA is making $1 million in grant funding available to states, local governments, tribes, and territories for projects to improve the health and welfare of low income, minority, tribal and indigenous communities. EPA will give special consideration to those applications aimed at addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic communities with EJ concerns. The State Environmental Justice Environmental Justice (SEJCA) Cooperative Agreement Program will provide funds to eligible states, local governments, tribes and territories. EPA anticipates issuing 5 grants of approximately $200,000 each for a two-year funding period.

See additional details at: FY2020 SEJCA webpage

Informational Pre-Application Assistance Calls: Potential applicants are invited to participate in conference calls with EPA to address questions about the SEJCA Program and this solicitation. For dial-in information and a list of the conference call dates and times, please visit the FY2020 SEJCA webpage. The call schedule is below:

Dates and Times (Eastern Time):

  • Thursday, May 21, 2020 (LIVE) 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (ET)
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2020 (LIVE) 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (ET)

Is my organization eligible? This opportunity is open to State, Territorial, Tribal and local government agencies.

How can I apply? Click the link below to go directly to the SEJCA program website to access the full RFA, including instructions on applying through Grants.gov: FY2020 SEJCA webpage


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