Posted: 11/29/2021 20:09:57 PM
Modified: 11/29/2021 20:09:26
NORTHAMPTON – The state emergency management agency is calling on nonprofits and government agencies to seek reimbursement for their COVID-19 response expenses over the past two years.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, or MEMA, encourages nonprofits and public agencies like seniors’ centers to request 100% reimbursement of all eligible COVID-19 response expenses they incur from the 21 January 2020 to April 1, 2022. The money is part of the “public assistance program” of the Federal Emergency Management Agency which reimburses organizations for certain costs after disasters.
MEMA is hosting two webinars – one on December 7 at 10 a.m. and another on December 9 at 1 p.m. – for organizations looking for more information on claims.
In an email, MEMA spokesperson Christopher Besse said that while applicants for funding will be assessed for eligibility under FEMA program guidelines, generally eligible nonprofits include those that provide “essential services” such as education, utilities, medical and emergency services.
Besse said nonprofits that provide “non-critical essential services” are also eligible. Some of these services include food assistance, health and safety services, homeless shelters, places of worship, museums, residential programs, senior centers, zoos, and the performing arts. .
Organizations like museums, zoos, places of worship, assisted living facilities and community centers are now eligible for assistance, Besse noted.
Costs eligible for reimbursement include the purchase of face masks, cleaning supplies, and COVID-19 diagnostic tests. Other purchases eligible for reimbursement include temperature measuring devices, temporary physical barriers like plexiglass, and signs communicating COVID-19 warnings, such as floor decals expressing support for social distancing.
Registration for the information webinars is available at: https://bit.ly/MEMAwebinars. Recordings of the events will also be available on the MEMA website.