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Rep. Lightbody 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
Mary Lightbody News

COLUMBUS— State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) 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 impact of COVID-19 on communities and economy will be significant.  Our top priority is to protect the health and safety of everyone in the state during this crisis.          I am glad to learn about the FEMA grants, which will help our local governments and non-profits continue to cover the emergency measures that are in place.” said Rep. Lightbody.

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 emarecovery@dps.ohio.gov

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