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Cuomo: $4.3 million in federal funding to support local COVID-19 planning & response


Thu, Jul 2nd 2020 10:55 am

Funding being made available to county emergency management agencies, City of New York to support COVID-19 planning & operational readiness

Funding allocations derived from population-based formula; deadline for applications is July 16, 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced $4.3 million in federal funding is being made available to county emergency management agencies and the City of New York to support COVID-19 planning and operational readiness. This grant opportunity will provide an additional level of direct support to counties as New York, and the rest of the world, continues to grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible recipients will be able to utilize this funding to cover various emergency management-related costs already borne during the pandemic, as well as costs associated with local prevention and operational efforts moving forward.

"As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the health and safety of people around the world, New York continues to be the model for effectively responding to this crisis and controlling infection levels despite the financial toll it has taken on state and local governments," Cuomo said. "While this funding is a first step in providing local governments with much-needed relief, this situation is far from over and I will keep fighting to ensure the federal government is providing real financial support to those who have been on the front lines since day one."

As part of FEMA's Emergency Management Performance Grant program, this COVID-19 supplemental will provide recipients with funding to cover costs associated with COVID-19-related planning, training, travel, support from consultants or contractors, equipment purchases, and facility construction and maintenance. Funding allocations are derived from a population-based formula and require a 1:1 cost match from each recipient.

Funding availabilities for each eligible jurisdiction are as follows:



Available Funding

New York City


Albany County


Allegany County


Broome County


Cattaraugus County


Cayuga County


Chautauqua County


Chemung County


Chenango County


Clinton County


Columbia County


Cortland County


Delaware County


Dutchess County


Erie County


Essex County


Franklin County


Fulton County


Genesee County


Greene County


Hamilton County


Herkimer County


Jefferson County


Lewis County


Livingston County


Madison County


Monroe County


Montgomery County


Nassau County


Niagara County


Oneida County


Onondaga County


Ontario County


Orange County


Orleans County


Oswego County


Otsego County


Putnam County


Rensselaer County


Rockland County


St. Lawrence County


Saratoga County


Schenectady County


Schoharie County


Schuyler County


Seneca County


Steuben County


Suffolk County


Sullivan County


Tioga County


Tompkins County


Ulster County


Warren County


Washington County


Wayne County


Westchester County


Wyoming County


Yates County



The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will administer this funding on behalf of FEMA. DHSES will be in contact with each jurisdiction's emergency management office directly to not only ensure all guidance and application documents are in hand, but also to assist with the application process and provide additional information as necessary.

New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Patrick A. Murphy said, "Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, first responders and emergency management experts from throughout the state have worked tirelessly to keep their communities safe. Despite the situation improving on a number of fronts, we must collectively remain vigilant as this very real public health threat still remains. This funding will play an important role in this effort by providing our local partners with the resources they need to not only support ongoing operations, but plan and train for the future as well."

Ineligible costs include:

√ Anything unrelated to COVID-19 planning, prevention or response;

√ Activities and projects unrelated to the completion and implementation of this Emergency Management Performance Grant COVID-19 supplemental;

√ Costs to support hiring sworn public safety officers for the purposes of fulfilling traditional public safety duties; or

√ Costs already paid for with funding from FEMA's public assistance program or any other federal program.

The performance period for this grant is from Jan. 27, 2020, through July 31, 2021. Applicants must submit applications for funding to DHSES by emailing the application worksheet to [email protected] no later than 5 p.m. July 16.

Statement from Communications Director Dani Lever on Schools

"The state law governing schools and business closings or openings has been in effect since the pandemic first started and all such decisions are made by state government and not local government. Of course, the state consults with local stakeholders and when it comes to opening schools in New York City we will consult with parents, teachers, health officials and local elected officials – but the governor has said any determination is premature at this point and we will need to see how the virus develops.

"The governor has also told all school districts to have plans ready for the 'new normal' in the event schools can open. The governor hopes schools will reopen, but will not endanger the health of students or teachers, and will make the determination once we have more current information.

"We value the opinion of local politicians and the state's 700 local school districts as to what should be done, but the public should not be confused on this important decision that has practical consequences for many."

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