The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending more than $1.1 million to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to reimburse the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the cost of testing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The $1,146,544 Public Assistance grant will reimburse the private land-grant research university in Cambridge for the costs of contracting for temporary staff for its testing program between August 2020 and January 2022.
A total of 60 temporary staff were contracted to work a total of 37,447 hours at various testing sites set up on campus to serve students, faculty and staff, performing test check-in/registration, test observation, unobserved test collection, test consolidation and transport preparation, and supervision of front-line staff.
“FEMA is pleased to be able to assist the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with these costs,” said FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich. “Reimbursing state, county, and municipal governments – as well as eligible non-profits and tribal entities – for the costs incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic is an important part of our nation’s ongoing recovery.”
FEMA’s Public Assistance program is an essential source of funding for states and communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.
So far, FEMA has provided more than $2.6 billion in Public Assistance grants to Massachusetts to reimburse the commonwealth for pandemic-related expenses.