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Supplemental Payments for Lost Wages

Lost wages assistance will increase the amount of money states can provide to unemployed Americans without significantly increasing the cost for states to offer unemployment insurance.

This assistance is intended to help people support themselves and their families as they look for work. An extra $300 per week will help those struggling with unemployment to buy school supplies for their children, put food on the table and possibly prevent eviction.

States and territories have until September 10 to apply for these funds.

Visit our Lost Wages Supplemental Payment Assistance Guidelines page for detailed information about the application process, eligibility, cost share information, additional weekly lost wages payment requests, reporting requirements and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Background

To help meet the needs of the American people, the FEMA Administrator is authorized to award grants to state and territory governments to administer supplemental payments for lost wages in accordance with Section 408 (e)(2) of the Stafford Act (42 U.S.C. 5174 (e)(2)) and 44 C.F.R. §206.119(c)(6)(ii) for major disasters declared by the President pursuant to section 401 of the Stafford Act (42 U.S.C§ 5170) for COVID-19.

President Trump has authorized FEMA to use Stafford Act disaster relief funds to provide supplemental payments for lost wages. Up to $44 billion in Disaster Relief Funding is available to support this initiative.

Requirements

For grants to be awarded to a state or territory, the governor must agree to:

  • The cost sharing requirement of 42 U.S.C. § 5174(g)(2).*
  • Administer supplemental payments for lost wages in conjunction with the state unemployment insurance system or agency.
  • Use existing policies and process for adjudicating appeals from individuals seeking benefits.
  • Recover improperly provided payments.

* States or territories must demonstrate their 25 percent of the cost share was provided from non-federal funds or federal funds that are authorized to be applied toward this cost share.

A state’s or territory’s delivery of supplemental payments for lost wages is contingent upon an approval of a state’s administrative plan, which describes the partnership between FEMA and the state or territory for delivering assistance.

Once approved for lost wages assistance and funds are obligated, states or territories may provide supplemental lost wages payments to eligible individuals retroactively back to August 1, 2020.

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Get more information on the assistance process and eligibility.

Apply for Assistance

All applications must be submitted by September 10, 2020.

Applications should be submitted through Grants.gov. There are several required forms and attachments, including a State Administrative Plan and FEMA Form 010-0-11.

After Approval

Upon receiving approval and an initial grant award, state and territories will be required to submit weekly reports to FEMA.

States and territories may also submit requests for additional weeks of grant funding.

Contact Us

States and territories with questions about the grant and how to administer the program can contact the FEMA Individuals and Households Help Desk at FEMA-IHPHelpdesk@fema.dhs.gov. Individuals inquiring about supplemental lost wages payments should contact their state unemployment office.

Last updated September 15, 2020