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 briefing linked below is 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.
The reference materials throughout the Applicant Briefing can be found at the Virtual Applicant's Briefing page: https://www.caloes.ca.gov/RecoverySite/Pages/DR-4482-Virtual-Applicants-Briefing.aspx This briefing provides 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.
ApplicationApplicants must set up a Grants Portal Account and submit the Request for Public Assistance (RPA) digitally from the account. To set up an account and submit an RPA, please visit Grants Portal Log In Page.
TRAINING VIDEO - FEMA PA Grants Portal– Grants Manager YouTube ChannelAny questions please contact: FEMA-Recovery-PA-Grants@fema.dhs.gov or call the Grants Manager Hotline at 1-866-337-8448.
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.
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 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.
Resources for foodResources for housing and homelessnessAdditional services, resources, and information
This webinar via YouTube is for recipients of Public Assistance and provides overviews of:
- The COVID-19 Pandemic Safe Opening and Operation Work Eligible for PA Interim Policy - 4.5.21- The updated COVID-19 Medical Care Eligible for Public Assistance (version 2) Interim Policy- Equity requirements for COVID-19 response and recovery, including reporting requirements for vaccination work
Webinar (YouTube): FEMA Public Assistance Overview: COVID-19 Pandemic Policies & Equitable COVID-19 Response and RecoveryPower Point: Public Assistance COVID-19 Policy Updates
FEMA amended the original version of the policy, published on May 9, 2020, to add provisions for COVID-19 vaccination efforts and add requirements to ensure equitable allocation of COVID-19 resources in accordance with the President's January 21, 2021 Executive Order on Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response and Recovery. Except where specifically stated otherwise in this policy, assistance is subject to Public Assistance Program requirements as defined in Version 3.1 of the Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide.This updated policy supersedes the FEMA COVID-19 Pandemic: Medical Care Costs Eligible for Public Assistance Interim Policy released on May 9, 2020 and is applicable to all COVID-19 declarations.COVID-19 Medical Care Eligible for Public Assistance (version 2) Interim Policy
This interim policy defines the framework, policy details, and requirements for determining the eligibility of work and costs under the PA Program to ensure consistent and appropriate implementation across all COVID-19 emergency and major disaster declarations. This interim policy supersedes the FEMA Fact Sheet dated March 19, 2020: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Eligible Emergency Protective Measures, for work performed on or after September 15, 2020.
FEMA PA Eligibility Policy
Information from the Governor's Office