CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that $6,372,740 in federal funding has been made available to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency for costs associated with emergency management activities and the purchase of medical equipment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This grant funding is part of the recovery efforts for the federal disaster declaration of March 26, 2020. This funding was part of two federal grants reimbursing IEMA for costs incurred by the state for the COVID-19 response. Costs included purchasing medical equipment, training personnel, disseminating public information, and purchasing and distributing essential commodities and supplies.
“FEMA’s Public Assistance Program is an important resource for communities affected by COVID-19,” said Kevin M. Sligh, acting regional administrator, FEMA Region 5. “This grant funding has helped ensure the state of Illinois has the critical resources necessary to help combat this virus.”
FEMA provides a 75 percent federal share of eligible reimbursable expenses for this project. The eligible costs for both projects totaled $4,251,588 and $4,245,398.80.
FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides funding to local government jurisdictions and eligible private non-profits for the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged infrastructure as well as costs incurred for debris removal, disaster cleanup and emergency actions taken to protect lives or property. To learn more, visit FEMA’s website at https://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit.
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