How long does the program last and how will the grant funding be provided?
The COVID-19 incident period ended on May 11, 2023. FEMA will continue to provide funeral assistance until Sept. 30, 2025, to those who have lost loved ones due to this pandemic.
FEMA grants for lost wages supplemental payments will continue until the earlier of:
- FEMA expends $44 billion from the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF).
- The total unobligated balance of the DRF decreases to $25 billion.
- Legislation is enacted that provides, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, supplemental federal unemployment compensation or similar compensation for unemployed or partially-employed individual.
- December 27, 2020 which is the end of the period of assistance for the grants.
FEMA will use data from the Department of Labor, as well as state, territory or District of Columbia data received on applications to project the overall funding distributions. Approved grant applicants will receive an initial obligation of three weeks of needed funding. Additional disbursements will be made on a weekly basis in order to ensure that funding remains available for the states who apply for the grant assistance.