On March 22, 2020, the President declared the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant a major declaration for the State of California, pursuant to section 501 (b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121-5207). State, Territorial, Tribal, local government entities and certain private non-profit (PNP) organizations are eligible to apply for Public Assistance. In accordance with section 502 of the Stafford Act, eligible emergency protective measures taken to respond to the COVID-19 emergency at the direction or guidance of public health officials’ may be reimbursed under Category B of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance program.The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Recovery Section acts as the grantee for FEMAs Public Assistance program and is ready to assist potential applicants with applying for a Public Assistance subgrant and understanding eligibility requirements. Cal OES will present Applicant Briefings to provide an overview of the Public Assistance program process and requirements (date, time, and web location will be posted below). The documents below provide answers to frequently asked questions, including applicant eligibility, eligibility of emergency protective measures, procurement under emergency and exigent circumstances, guidance on how to submit requests for public assistance, and application documents. Major Declaration Event Number: FEMA-4482-DR-CA (DR-4482)Name: California Covid-19 PandemicDeclared Counties: All 58 of California’s CountiesIncident Period: Incident Period: January 20, 2020 and continuingIf you have questions, please contact Recovery Public Assistance at: DisasterRecovery@CalOES.ca.gov Individuals seeking disaster assistance should refer to the Recovery Individual Assistance Division
FEMA-4482-DR-CA is the federal designation for the biological event with the incident period beginning January 20, 2020 and continuing. The briefings listed below are for all counties, cities, special districts, school districts, tribal governments, state agencies, and eligible private non-profit organizations that provided an essential social service in all 58 counties of the state of California. Applicants’ Briefings will be held via live MS Teams webinar at the following dates and times:
The reference materials throughout the webinars can be found at the Virtual Applicant's Briefing page: https://www.caloes.ca.gov/RecoverySite/Pages/DR-4482-Virtual-Applicants-Briefing.aspx These briefings will provide information on the application procedures, cost eligibility, documentation requirements, payment processing, and deadlines specific to the federal Public Assistance Program for the COVID-19 Pandemic event. Potential applicants for this event are encouraged to attend the Applicants’ Briefings.
ApplicationApplicants must set up a Grants Portal Account and submit the Request for Public Assistance digitally from the account.
For Private Nonprofit and Tribal Governments: In order to set up an account (or for information on how to submit from an existing account), please send the following information to DisasterRecovery@caloes.ca.gov: - Legal Name of Organization - First/last name, phone number, and email address of the person who can set up the account (this person can add other users).For State Agencies, Counties, cities, Local public authorities, School districts, Special Districts established under State law, visit: Grants Portal Log In Page.
The deadline to submit your RPA for the FEMA-4482-DR-CA event is 30-days past the date that the incident period for this event closes; the incident period is currently open, therefore the deadline is undetermined at this time.
Please extend this invitation to any organization that may have assisted with this disaster.
There is no need to RSVP for the Applicants' Briefing you wish to attend. The presentations will be conducted in a "Listen Only" mode. Please submit questions via the Q&A chat which will be answered after the session via e-mail to all attendees. We highly encourage you to log in instead of viewing the webinar as a guest, to ensure we capture your contact information and can provide answers to the questions posed throughout the webinar. A sign-in sheet is available for attendees who are unable to log in, or would like to ensure that they receive a copy of the questions received and corresponding answers.
The Recovery Team DisasterRecovery@CalOES.ca.gov
Local Government PA Procurement Standards for Emergency/Exigent Circumstances (Recorded presentation)
Local Government PA Procurement Standards for Emergency/Exigent Circumstances (Slide deck)
Procurements and Contracting questions should be directed to: PAProcurement@CalOES.ca.gov
FEMA has added a new function to its Grants Portal website. Potential applicants, such as towns/cities, counties, special districts, UCs, CSUs, Tribal Governments, etc., (except for Private Non-Profits/Tribal Governments applying as their own Recipient) can now go directly to the Grants Portal website, create their own Organization Profiles, and submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) without having to first receive an Invitation from Cal OES. Exceptions: This is not available to Private Non-Profits; they must still contact Cal OES via DisasterRecovery@caloes.ca.gov and request an Invitation to Grants Portal.This is not available to Tribal Governments applying as their own Recipient.If they wish to apply as a Subrecipient through Cal OES, they can utilize this function.This is only available for the COVID-19 event (DR-4482).
TRAINING VIDEO - FEMA PA Grants Portal – Grants Manager YouTube Channel
FEMA Grants Portal Applicant Basics: For details about how to sign in, click here.
5/18 at 8am and 11am PST. 5/19 at 11am and 4pm PST. 5/20 at 8am and 11am PST. 5/21 at 11am PST. 5/22 at 8am and 11am PST.
FEMA COVID-19 Application Overview: For details about how to sign in, click here.
5/18 at 6am and 1pm PST. 5/19 at 8am and 1pm PST. 5/20 at 6am and 1pm PST. 5/21 at 8am, 1pm, and 4pm PST. 5/22 at 6am and 1pm PST.
Any questions please contact: FEMA-Recovery-PA-Grants@fema.dhs.gov or call the Grants Manager Hotline @ 1-866-337-8448
FEMA has extended the due date for submittal of the Request for Public Assistance (RPA) to 30 days after the incident period for the disaster event closes, however, Cal OES is advising organizations to submit sooner rather than later, so as not to wait until the last minute.
As part of the CARES Act, the US Department of the Treasury will make payments from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to States and eligible units of local government, US Territories, and Tribal Governments. For more information visit the US Department of the Treasury. Please note that this process is being handled entirely by the US Dept. of Treasury, and FEMA is not involved in the process. Additional information can also be found at the links below:Census data and methodologyEligible UnitsState and Local CARES Act
On April 24, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a first-in-the-nation “Great Plates Delivered” program, a meal delivery service for California’s older adults. The purpose is to help seniors and other adults at high risk from COVID-19 to stay home and stay healthy by delivering three nutritious meals a day, and to provide essential economic stimulus to local businesses struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 crisis. See the COVID-19 Response website for more information.
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