More than $4.3 million in federal funding has been allocated to local emergency management programs in counties across New York State, including just under $11k enroute to Cortland County.
Tompkins County got more than $22k and Onondaga County more than $100k.
The funding, part of FEMA’s Emergency Management Performance Grant program, is meant for a variety of emergency management-related costs that have risen during the pandemic, on top of any local prevention and operational efforts needed moving forward.
Such expenses may include COVID-19-related planning, training, travel, support from consultants or contractors, equipment purchases, and facility construction and maintenance.
Allocations are derived from a population-based formula and require a 1:1 cost match from each recipient.
“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,” Governor 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.”
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 January 27, 2020 through July 31, 2021.
Applicants still must submit applications for funding to DHSES by emailing the application worksheet to Grant.Info@dhses.ny.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 16, 2020.
See what other counties in the area were awarded below:
- Broome County – $43,854
- Cayuga County – $17,495
- Chenango County – $11,035
- Madison County – $16,055
- Seneca County – $10,000
- Tioga County – $11,177