CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) announced today that $7,831,099 in federal funding has been made available to IEMA for costs related to the state’s response to COVID-19 under the federal disaster declaration of March 26, 2020.
This funding is an advance payment to IEMA to distribute and administer COVID-19 vaccines at the United Center site in Chicago. This grant funding will include costs to setup the site and purchase necessary supplies and equipment to support it.
“FEMA is committed to distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to communities in the Chicago area that need them the most,” said Kevin M. Sligh, acting regional administrator, FEMA Region 5. “This expedited grant funding is a critical part of the effort to protect Illinoisans from the virus and put an end to this pandemic.”
“The United Center Community Vaccination Center has been a lifeline for vulnerable communities that have been hardest hit by this virus,” said Alicia Tate-Nadeau, Director of IEMA. “We are grateful to the Biden Administration, and our federal counterparts, for their compassion, commitment and collaboration as we work together to end this pandemic.”
FEMA provides funding at a 100 percent federal share of eligible reimbursable expenses for this project.
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 emergency actions taken to protect lives or property. To learn more, visit FEMA’s website at www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit. For more information about FEMA’s COVID-19 vaccine support efforts, visit www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/vaccine-support.
FEMA's mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.