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FEMA Provides Retroactive
FEMA continues to maximize available COVID-19 assistance by retroactively reimbursing
100 percent of costs to support the safe opening and operation of eligible facilities through
its Public Assistance program.
The funding is available to state, local, tribal and territorial government entities and certain private nonprofit
organizations for work conducted from Jan. 20, 2020 onward, with the 100 percent federal cost share effective
through Dec. 31, 2021.
All PA-eligible applicants can seek reimbursement for safe opening and operation costs for facilities including
schools, medical facilities and government facilities open to the public.
Reimbursement is exclusive to COVID-19 emergency and major disaster declarations. Items that may be eligible for
reimbursement include face coverings, personal protective equipment, cleaning and disinfection, COVID-19
diagnostic testing, screening and temperature scanning and portable temporary physical barriers for social
For additional information on FEMA’s updated Safe Opening and Operation Interim Policy, please visit FEMA.gov.
If you have any questions, please contact FEMA Office of External Affairs:
Congressional Affairs at (202) 646-4500 or at FEMA-Congressional-Affairs@fema.dhs.gov
Intergovernmental Affairs at (202) 646-3444 or at FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov
Tribal Affairs at (202) 646-3444 or at FEMA-Tribal@fema.dhs.gov
Private Sector Engagement at (202) 646-3444 or at firstname.lastname@example.org