COVID-19: Disaster Relief Funding

Restore. Prepare. Rebuild.

Our federal government is taking aggressive and proactive steps to address the pandemic and provide help as we emerge from this crisis. As a trusted advisor, we understand the challenges you face today to meet your mission and manage the health and safety of your people and those you serve in your facilities.

As you respond to the crisis and address budget concerns, we recognize the overwhelming complexities in navigating the funding reimbursement process to recapture costs incurred as a direct result of COVID-19. It begins with a plan. Our 15 years of disaster restoration experience positions us to help you triage your areas of immediate concern, while preparing for tomorrow’s post-pandemic environment. We are closely tracking federal funding, state aid, local assistance, and the administrative requirements to help you navigate the reimbursement process for FEMA, the C.A.R.E.S. Act, and anticipated upcoming federal infrastructure funding.

Areas we can help you triage now:

Areas we can help you plan for the post-pandemic environment:

  • U.S. Department of Education Stabilization Fund – Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (C.A.R.E.S.)
  • Future Funding Opportunities

Breakdown of Funding Sources

We’ve formed a strategic partnership with Contingency Resources Group (CRG), a firm whose principals have a proven record of responding to life threatening emergencies and contingencies both at home and abroad – their longstanding history of success was most recently demonstrated during the FEMA funded recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. CRG is positioned to guide your organization through FEMA’s Public Assistance application and reimbursement process and assist you with a successful re-entry into a post COVID-19 operating environment.

Collectively, we can provide expert advice in terms of eligible cost capture and application(s) for funding.

To get the process started to see if you qualify, complete the Intake Questionnaire form by clicking on the button below. Forms will automatically be received and processed by CRG and you will receive a response back within 48 hours.

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Importance of Accurate Recordkeeping for Reimbursement

Importance of Accurate Records                                                                     

COVID-19 cost reimbursements will require careful records, which will be critical for a successful submission.

Examples include:

• Cleaning supplies
• Personal protective equipment (PPE)
• Overtime
• Legal bills
• Technology needs
• Unemployment – Subs (self-insured)
• Construction change orders, penalties, cost of delays
• Lunch and backpack distribution programs
• Healthcare costs – addition of unemployed spouses to policies, COVID-19 claims, increase in claims from delayed procedures
• Cyber-Charter – potential for increased enrollments in 20-21
• Changes in delivery of instruction to facilitate software needs and 1:1 instruction

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‘Category B’ Eligible Costs:

  • Costs (labor & supplies) associated with preparing, responding and recovering from the pandemic
  • Medical facility services and supplies
  • Disinfection of Eligible Public Facilities
  • Costs to establish and operate temporary medical facilities
  • Medical waste disposal
  • Use of specialized medical equipment
  • Training on COVID-19 response
  • Any measures taken to protect students and staff
  • Overtime paid to employees
  • Cost of PPE
  • Cost of Emergency Contractors
  • Costs organization would not typically incur during regular operations

 

Breakdown of Funding Sources

FEMA Public Assistance Grant Program

This program is available to applicants from states where a major disaster has been declared and is the initial triage for available funding, focused on ‘Category B’ items, or measures that were taken by the applicant to eliminate imminent threats to lives, health, and safety. During this period, non-state entities can sole-source services. The grant application process can be administered by a Disaster Relief Vendor who acts as your liaison to FEMA.

U.S. Department of Education Stabilization Fund Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (C.A.R.E.S.)

More than $30 Billion of federal funding is being made available to the states, focused on public K-12 and higher education. Points of interest earmarked for education through this Act include programs to support distance learning, tele-medicine, and broadband; nutritional program support; head start/early education programs; Project-SERV grants to help with cleaning and disinfecting of schools; and Health Department monies for cleaning and disinfecting guidance.

Future Funding

A potential multi-trillion dollar infrastructure funding plan will be geared towards expansion of passenger rail networks, maintenance of airports/ports/harbors, climate resiliency and reduction of greenhouse gas pollution, internet connectivity, road and bridge repairs, and enhancements to electric utility grids.