Covid-19 Eligibility

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Project Eligibility Guidance

The following are guidance documents and fact sheets on project eligibility and requirements.


  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Environmental and Historic Preservation and Emergency Protective Measures (English)
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Floodplain Considerations for Temporary Critical Facilities (English)
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: International Reagent Resource (English)
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Private Nonprofit Organizations (English)
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Non-Congregate Sheltering- FAQ (English)
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Emergency Medical Care (English) (Spanish)
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Supply Chain Stabilization Task Force (English) (Spanish)
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Eligible Emergency Protective Measures (English) (Spanish)
  • COVID-19 Public Assistance Simplified Application (English) (Spanish)
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): FEMA Assistance for Tribal Governments (English) (Spanish)
  • Use of Defense Production Act Authorities to Support the Pandemic Response (English) (Spanish)
  • Procurement Under Grants: Under Exigent or Emergency Circumstances (English) (Spanish)
  • Public Assistance: Non-Congregate Sheltering Delegation of Authority (English) (Spanish)
  • COVID-19 Emergency Declaration (English) (Spanish)

  • FEMA and HHS Civil Rights Stakeholder Teleconference About COVID-19 (English)
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Purchase and Distribution of Food Eligible for Public Assistance (English)
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: HHS Letter to Hospital Administrators (English) (Spanish)
  • FEMA Letter to Distributors on Delivery of Medical Supplies (English) (Spanish)
  • COVID-19 Guidance: Short Term Administrative Relief for Recipients and Subrecipients of FEMA Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Due to Loss of Operations (English)
  • COVID-19 Guidance: Procurements Under Grants During Periods of Exigent or Emergency Circumstances (English)
  • FEMA Administrator March 27, 2020, letter to Emergency Managers Requesting Action on Critical Steps ( English ) ( Spanish )

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FEMA Public Assistance Eligibility & Costs

Examples include:


Examples of possible eligible Covid-19 expenditures that should be tracked and documented such as, but not limited to:

  • Materials and Supplies used for Covid-19 by staff or contractors
  • Consumable medical supplies that are ingested, injected, or applied or are for one- time use only
  • Evacuation Including Accessible Transportation and Emergency Medical Transportation
  • Rented Equipment used to provide emergency Covid-19 services
  • Durable medical equipment necessary for the treatment of Covid-19 or to prevent a patient’s further
  • Contracts (existing and procured) to provide Covid-19 support services
  • Temporary Relocation of Essential Services
  • Donated Resources including materials, supplies, commercial services, volunteers

Management, control and reduction of immediate threats to public health and safety:

  • Emergency Operation Center costs
  • Training specific to the declared event
  • Disinfection of eligible public facilities
  • Technical assistance to state, tribal, territorial or local governments on emergency management and control of immediate threats to public health and safety
  • Provision of meals, including beverages and meal supplies, for employees and volunteers engaged in eligible Emergency Work, including those at EOCs provided individuals are not receiving per diem and other conditions

Emergency medical care:

  • Non‐deferrable medical treatment of infected persons in a shelter or temporary medical facility
  • Related medical facility services and supplies
  • Temporary medical facilities and/or enhanced medical/hospital capacity (for treatment when existing facilities are reasonably forecasted to become overloaded in the near term and cannot accommodate the patient load or to quarantine potentially infected persons)
  • Use of specialized medical equipment
  • Medical waste disposal
  • Emergency medical transport

Eligible medical care includes, but is not limited to:

  • Triage and medically necessary tests and diagnosis
  • Treatment, stabilization, and monitoring
  • First-aid assessment and provision of first aid
  • A one-time 30-day supply of prescriptions for acute conditions or to replace maintenance prescriptions
  • Vaccinations for survivors and emergency workers to prevent outbreaks of infectious and communicable diseases
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Consumable medical supplies
  • Temporary facilities, such as tents or portable buildings for treatment of survivors
  • Leased or purchased equipment for use in temporary medical care facilities
  • Security for temporary medical care facilities
  • Use of ambulances for distributing immunizations and setting up mobile medical units
  • Medical sheltering (e.g. when existing facilities are reasonably forecasted to become overloaded in the near future and cannot accommodate needs)
  • All sheltering must be conducted in accordance with standards and/or guidance approved by HHS/CDC and must be implemented in a manner that incorporates social distancing measures
  • Non‐congregate medical sheltering is subject to prior approval by FEMA and is limited to that which is reasonable and necessary to address the public health needs of the event, is pursuant to the direction of appropriate public health officials and does not extend beyond the duration of the Public Health Emergency
  • Household pet sheltering and containment actions related to household pets in accordance with CDC guidelines
  • Purchase and distribution of food, water, ice, medicine, and other consumable supplies, to include personal protective equipment and hazardous material suits
  • Movement of supplies and persons
  • Security and law enforcement
  • Communications of general health and safety information to the public
  • Search and rescue to locate and recover members of the population requiring assistance
  • Reimbursement for state, tribe, territory and/or local government force account overtime costs
  • Force Account Equipment – your equipment used in conjunction with Covid-19 responses

This website  is intended as a national source of information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the delivery of  financial recovery services. It includes resources on eligibility, procurement, grant management delivery, and issues related to various Federal Programs currently supporting Covid-19 financial recovery for governments and non-profits. This website is not affiliated or endorsed or sponsored  by  FEMA  or any other Federal grant program. The information provided in various webpage documents is derived largely from Federal  published materials. In general, under section 105 of the Copyright Act, such works are not entitled to domestic copyright protection under U.S. law and are therefore in the public domain.  The goal is to help navigate the various Federal websites and summarize grant information and requirements. It does not constitute legal advice or grant management advise and is provided for general informational purposes only. Only the Federal Agency responsible for grants can make determinations on eligibility and grant amounts. You should consult with your professional services advisors and State and Federal Grant Coordinators for more detailed guidance on specific Covid-19 financial recovery issues.

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