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Rep. Crawley announces federal funding opportunities for local pandemic response efforts

FEMA grants would cover 75 percent of certain COVID-19 costs for local governments, non-profits
April 8, 2020
Erica C. Crawley News

COLUMBUS— State Rep. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) today announced Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants will be made available to cover certain local pandemic response costs in Ohio. Funds will go to state and local authorities as well as non-profits, such as hospitals, working at the direction of local governments.

“The amount of funds local governments have needed to address the needs of the community have fallen short before COVID-19. The sudden increase of needs brought on by COVID-19 has caused resources to be stretched even thinner,” said Crawley. “These grant funds offer local governments the opportunity to receive reimbursement for the resources that are necessary to maintain operations and continue addressing the needs of community members as they are presented with challenges from as a result of COVID-19.”

Once an application for reimbursement is approved, FEMA will cover 75 percent of certain pandemic response costs, such as:

  • Emergency Operation Center costs;
  • State agency purchases in response to COVID-19;
  • Disinfection of eligible public facilities;
  • Personal Protection Equipment;
  • Temporary medical facilities and enhanced hospital capacity.

Grant application forms and other information on public assistance for COVID-19 response efforts can be found on the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Management Agency website.

Completed funding application requests should be sent to