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FEMA Awards $1.5 Million to the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 11:55:48 +0000

FEMA Awards $1.5 Million to the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded nearly $1.5 million to repair the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music for damages caused by Hurricane María. Beyond being a specialized public university, the Conservatory is a symbol of Puerto Rico’s heritage and musical traditions.

To help preserve the unique qualities of this facility, a team of FEMA specialists carefully assessed the damage and construction of the historic structure. Among other measures, these experts considered the fusion of modern features embedded in a building that dates from the XIX Century and is the last construction work completed by the Spanish government on the island.

“The Conservatory is an iconic place for music in Puerto Rico. Given its historic nature, it’s important to restore this facility for future generations,” said the Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, José Baquero Tirado.

On the other hand, about $367,000 of the funds allocated are destined for mitigation measures to prevent similar damage in future disasters. These include upgrades to avoid water leaks in the roof and windows, which caused most of the damage to this structure.

Professor Pedro Segarra Sisamone, the conservatory’s rector, said FEMA’s evaluation was very comprehensive. “Once the appropriate materials for the restoration were determined, the costs were estimated,” he said.

The Conservatory is home to piano laboratories, a library, concert halls and an amphitheater. In addition to its undergraduate academic offerings, which serve 400 students, the Conservatory offers programs such as “100x35 Music” and the Preparatory School. These develop social skills through music and have a combined total of nearly 1,600 students.

“We are very pleased to help the Conservatory of Music continue offering community and educational services. Music is an art form that has helped us so much during these times and Puerto Rico has an enormous pool of talent that must continue to develop. We appreciate the Conservatory staff members for their great efforts and achievements, particularly during these past months,” said the executive director of the Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience, Ottmar Chávez.

To date, FEMA has obligated nearly $19.3 billion for costs related to hurricanes Irma and María, including projects to help rebuild infrastructure throughout Puerto Rico. FEMA works with COR3 through the agency’s Public Assistance program to obligate recovery funds to private nonprofit organizations, municipalities and agencies of the Government of Puerto Rico.

For more information on Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane María, visit fema.gov/disaster/4339 and recuperacion.pr. Follow us on our social networks at Facebook.com/FEMAPuertoRico, Facebook.com/COR3pr and Twitter @COR3pr.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (November 17, 2020) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded nearly $1.5 million to repair the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music for damages caused by Hurricane María. Beyond being a specialized public university, the Conservatory is a symbol of Puerto Rico’s heritage and musical traditions.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (November 17, 2020) -- To help preserve the unique qualities of this facility, a team of FEMA specialists carefully assessed the damage and construction of the historic structure. Among other measures, these experts considered the fusion of modern features embedded in a building that dates from the XIX Century and is the last construction work completed by the Spanish government on the island.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (November 17, 2020) -- The Conservatory is home to piano laboratories, a library, concert halls and an amphitheater. In addition to its undergraduate academic offerings, which serve 400 students, the Conservatory offers programs such as “100x35 Music” and the Preparatory School. These develop social skills through music and have a combined total of nearly 1,600 students.

frances.acevedo-picoWed, 11/25/2020 - 06:55

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FEMA Provides $46 Million to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 16:20:58 +0000

FEMA Provides $46 Million to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation

CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) announced today that $46,077,160 in federal funding has been made available to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for costs related to the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic under the federal disaster declaration of March 31, 2020.

This funding will reimburse Cleveland Clinic Foundation for costs to expand capacity at their existing medical facility to treat COVID-19 patients and to purchase and distribute medical supplies, ventilators and personal protective equipment.  

“FEMA’s Public Assistance Program is an important resource for communities affected by COVID-19,” said Kevin M. Sligh, acting regional administrator, FEMA Region 5. “This grant funding has helped ensure the availability of critical medical services in Ohio to combat this virus.”

“Areas in and around Cleveland continue to have the second highest rates of COVID-19 cases in the state,” said Ohio Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Sima Merick. “This funding allows for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation to continue its mission of providing critical medical care to patients.”

FEMA provides a 75 percent federal share of eligible reimbursable expenses for this project, which totals $46,077,160. The eligible cost for this project is $61,436,213.

FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides funding to local government jurisdictions and eligible private non-profits for the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged infrastructure as well as costs incurred for debris removal, disaster cleanup and emergency actions taken to protect lives or property.  To learn more, visit FEMA’s website at www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit.

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troy.christensenWed, 11/25/2020 - 11:20

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Additional FEMA Help Approved for Nine California Counties

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 23:02:24 +0000

Additional FEMA Help Approved for Nine California Counties

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Additional help has been approved for nine California counties ravaged by the September/October wildfires.

The following assistance, approved Nov. 25, is added to the Oct. 16 presidential disaster declaration for the wildfire period Sept. 4 through Nov. 17, 2020:

  • Del Norte County for Public Assistance, including direct federal assistance.
  • Fresno, Madera, Mendocino, Napa, Shasta, Siskiyou, and Sonoma counties for debris removal (Category A) and permanent work (Categories C-G). These counties are already designated for Individual Assistance and emergency protective measures (Category B), including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program.
  • Yuba County for debris removal and emergency protective measures (Categories A and B), including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program.

FEMA’s PA program provides federal grant assistance to help communities quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the president. An applicant is a nonfederal entity (a local, state, territorial or tribal government or an eligible private nonprofit organization) that applies for assistance under a federal award.

Federal funds pay for not less than 75 percent of the eligible cost of emergency work and permanent work.

The PA program benefits everyone – neighborhoods, towns, cities, counties, states and their residents. Funds are used for projects to renovate classrooms, refurbish hospitals, restore parks and repair public transportation systems so students can go to safe schools, doctors and nurses can provide medical care and families can enjoy the outdoors in public parks.

For the latest information on wildfire recovery, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4569 and follow the FEMA Region 9 Twitter account at twitter.com/femaregion9.

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bree-constance…Wed, 11/25/2020 - 18:02

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Oregon Wildfires: Wells, Septic Systems May be Eligible for FEMA Assistance

Fri, 27 Nov 2020 15:14:43 +0000

Oregon Wildfires: Wells, Septic Systems May be Eligible for FEMA Assistance

Salem, Ore. -- Oregon residents who lost access to water and sewer service through their private wells and septic systems due to the September wildfires could be considered for financial assistance under FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program.

Residents in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion counties designated for federal assistance to individuals and households due to 2020 wildfires may be eligible for a FEMA award for household repairs not usually covered by insurance. This includes repair or replacement of septic systems and wells damaged by wildfires.

Settlement of a homeowner’s insurance policy is the primary source of money to pay for home repairs following a major disaster. FEMA assistance cannot duplicate insurance coverage. However, households that don’t have insurance or have received an insurance settlement less than the cost to repair serious damage may apply to FEMA for help with costs that are necessary to have a functioning home, including for repair or replacement of private wells and/or septic systems.

Steps to take to be considered for assistance with your private well and/or septic system:

Apply with FEMA: online at DisasterAssistance.gov; through the FEMA App; or by phone at 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. PST daily. Be sure to report any damages to your well as a result of the disaster. Those who use a Relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their assigned number for that service. They should be aware phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number.

If you have applied with FEMA and have not had a home inspection, you should let the FEMA inspector know you have a private well and/or septic system. If you have applied with FEMA and are insured, you should contact the helpline and let them know that you have well/septic damage so that an inspection can be issued.  If you have already had an inspection and your well or septic system wasn’t reported, you may send FEMA a dated and signed letter, along with a contractor’s estimate, indicating you are appealing for the well/septic system.

In situations where you received FEMA assistance for your private well/septic system, but additional help for these costs is needed, you may submit an appeal:

You should provide to FEMA a verifiable estimate/receipt indicating the well/septic system was physically damaged, collapsed, and/or is no longer functioning as a direct result of the disaster. You will need to include a dated and signed letter, along with the contractor’s estimate, indicating you are appealing for the well/septic system.

If the submitted estimates/receipts do not specifically include this information, FEMA will call the contractor to confirm the information.

You may always contact the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) if you have any questions about your disaster assistance options.

 

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Those who use a Relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their assigned number for that service. They should be aware phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number. Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish)

Disaster survivors affected by the Oregon wildfires and straight-line winds can also get personalized mitigation advice to repair and rebuild safer and stronger from a FEMA Mitigation Specialist. For information on how to rebuild safer and stronger or to inquire as to your new flood risk following a fire near you, email FEMA-R10-MIT@fema.dhs.gov, a FEMA Hazard Mitigation specialist will respond survivor inquiries.

Follow FEMA Region 10 on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest updates and visit fema.gov for more information.

FEMA's mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.

virginia.case2Fri, 11/27/2020 - 10:14

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FEMA Awards Vizcaya Museum and Gardens $3.6 Million for Hurricane Irma Mitigation Measures

Tue, 24 Nov 2020 20:05:16 +0000

FEMA Awards Vizcaya Museum and Gardens $3.6 Million for Hurricane Irma Mitigation Measures

ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA has approved a grant of $3,600,000 for Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust, Inc. to retrofit the museum for protection from wind and flood during storms.

After Hurricane Irma in 2017, FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) will assist the museum with the installation of impact-resistant windows and doors, and wind protection for other openings such as vents and exhaust fans. The project will reduce damage from future windstorms of up to 182 miles per hour. The roof will be upgraded, equipment will be elevated and the electrical wiring will be waterproofed.

The grant is funded by the HMGP, an important source of federal disaster assistance. Funding from the program may become available following the president’s declaration of a major disaster, with a goal of strengthening communities by improving buildings, facilities and infrastructure that people use every day.A 2018 report by the National Institute of Building Sciences found that one dollar spent on hazard mitigation will save more than six dollars of recovery and rebuilding costs.

Generally, the HMGP may provide a state, tribe or territory with additional grants up to 15 percent of the total disaster grants awarded by FEMA for a federally declared disaster. States such as Florida that meet advanced mitigation planning criteria may qualify for a higher percentage.

Florida has a FEMA-approved Enhanced Mitigation Plan, making the state eligible for HMGP funding not to exceed 20 percent of the estimated total amount of grant money spent by FEMA in the Hurricane Irma disaster. From this amount, the HMGP reimburses the state up to 75 percent of eligible costs for hazard mitigation projects. The remaining amount comes from other sources such as state and local assets and a combination of cash and in-kind sources.

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FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, d­­­uring, and after disasters.

barbara.murien…Tue, 11/24/2020 - 15:05

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FEMA Deadline to Register for Hurricane Laura Looms

Tue, 24 Nov 2020 20:11:41 +0000

FEMA Deadline to Register for Hurricane Laura Looms

BATON ROUGE, La. — Renters and homeowners in parishes designated for FEMA assistance after Hurricane Laura have until Nov. 27 to register for help.

Federal assistance includes help for temporary housing, rental assistance and repair or replacement of damaged property.

Additionally, grants may be available to help with other expenses such as medical and dental care, childcare, funeral and burial costs, replacing essential household items, moving and storage, vehicle repairs and cleanup.

To see if you live in a designated parish, visit: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4559/designated-areas.

For more information or to register for assistance:

  • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585).
  • Visit disasterassistance.gov/.
  • To find a drive-thru Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), text 43362 and type DRC and a ZIP code (for example DRC 12345).
  • To receive a link to download the FEMA app:

 

Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.

Hurricane Laura survivors with home repair questions should contact FEMA mitigation outreach at 833-336-2487 or at fema-mitoutreach-4559@fema.dhs.gov Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT. To view mitigation resources visit https://fema.connectsolutions.com/lauramit/.

 

For the latest information on Hurricane Laura, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4559 or follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6.

christopher.teedTue, 11/24/2020 - 15:11

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FEMA otorga subvención de $1.9 millones a Gainesville Regional Utilities para medidas de mitigación a causa del huracán Irma

Tue, 24 Nov 2020 20:15:56 +0000

FEMA otorga subvención de $1.9 millones a Gainesville Regional Utilities para medidas de mitigación a causa del huracán Irma

 

ORLANDO, Fla. – FEMA aprobó una subvención de $1,954,088 para Gainesville Regional Utilities con el fin de modernizar los postes de servicios públicos y consolidar el sistema de distribución eléctrica en 36 vecindarios.

Luego del huracán Irma en 2017, el Programa de Subvenciones de Mitigación de FEMA (HMGP, por sus siglas en inglés) ayudará a la ciudad para minimizar las pérdidas de servicio a través de los transformadores colocados en postes y otros equipos de distribución. El proyecto reducirá los daños ocasionados por tormentas futuras con vientos fuertes de hasta 141 millas por hora.

La subvención es otorgada mediante fondos de HMGP, una fuente principal de asistencia federal por desastre. Los fondos del programa pueden estar disponible después de la declaración presidencial de desastre mayor, con el fin de fortalecer las comunidades mediante las mejoras a los edificios, las instalaciones, y la infraestructura que la gente usa cada día.

Un informe de 2018 del Instituto Nacional de Ciencias de la Construcción determinó que un dólar invertido en la mitigación de riesgos ahorrará más de seis dólares en gastos de recuperación y reconstrucción.

Por lo general, HMGP puede proporcionar subvenciones adicionales en cantidades de hasta 15 por ciento de la totalidad de las subvenciones por desastre que FEMA otorga al estado, tribu o territorio. Estados como Florida, que satisfacen criterios avanzados de planificación de mitigación, pueden calificar para un porcentaje mayor.

Florida tiene un Plan de Mitigación Mejorado aprobado por FEMA, lo cual hace que el estado sea elegible para recibir fondos de HMGP que no supere un 20 por ciento de la cantidad total estimada de dinero de subvención gastado por FEMA en el desastre del huracán Irma. De esta cantidad, HMGP reembolsa al estado hasta un 75 por ciento de los gastos elegibles para proyectos de mitigación de riesgos. La cantidad restante proviene de otras fuentes como los bienes estatales y locales y una combinación de dinero en efectivo y fuentes similares.

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La misión de FEMA es ayudar a las personas antes, durante y después de los desastres.

barbara.murien…Tue, 11/24/2020 - 15:15

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Oregon Wildfires: Wells, Septic Systems May be Eligible for FEMA Assistance

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 01:42:03 +0000

Oregon Wildfires: Wells, Septic Systems May be Eligible for FEMA Assistance

Salem, Ore. -- Oregon residents who lost access to water and sewer service through their private wells and septic systems due to the September wildfires could be considered for financial assistance under FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program.

Residents in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion counties designated for federal assistance to individuals and households due to 2020 wildfires may be eligible for a FEMA award for household repairs not usually covered by insurance. This includes repair or replacement of septic systems and wells damaged by wildfires.

Settlement of a homeowner’s insurance policy is the primary source of money to pay for home repairs following a major disaster. FEMA assistance cannot duplicate insurance coverage. However, households that don’t have insurance or have received an insurance settlement less than the cost to repair serious damage may apply to FEMA for help with costs that are necessary to have a functioning home, including for repair or replacement of private wells and/or septic systems.

Step to take to be considered for assistance with your private well and/or septic system:

  • Apply with FEMA: online at DisasterAssistance.gov; through the FEMA App; or by phone at 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. PST daily. Be sure to report any damages to your well as a result of the disaster. Those who use a Relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their assigned number for that service. They should be aware phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number.

If you have applied with FEMA and have not had a home inspection, you should let the FEMA inspector know you have a private well and/or septic system. If you have applied with FEMA and are insured, you should contact the helpline and let them know that you have well/septic damage so that an inspection can be issued.  If you have already had an inspection and your well or septic system wasn’t reported, you may send FEMA a dated and signed letter, along with a contractor’s estimate, indicating you are appealing for the well/septic system. 

In situations where you received FEMA assistance for your private well/septic system, but additional help for these costs is needed, you may submit an appeal:

  • You should provide to FEMA a verifiable estimate/receipt indicating the well/septic system was physically damaged, collapsed, and/or is no longer functioning as a direct result of the disaster. You will need to include a dated and signed letter, along with the contractor’s estimate, indicating you are appealing for the well/septic system.
  • If the submitted estimates/receipts do not specifically include this information, FEMA will call the contractor to confirm the information.

You may always contact the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) if you have any questions about your disaster assistance options.

 

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Those who use a Relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their assigned number for that service. They should be aware phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number. Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish)

Disaster survivors affected by the Oregon wildfires and straight-line winds can also get personalized mitigation advice to repair and rebuild safer and stronger from a FEMA Mitigation Specialist. For information on how to rebuild safer and stronger or to inquire as to your new flood risk following a fire near you, email FEMA-R10-MIT@fema.dhs.gov, a FEMA Hazard Mitigation specialist will respond survivor inquiries.

Follow FEMA Region 10 on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest updates and visit fema.gov for more information.

FEMA's mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.

jassiel.oliveromeloTue, 11/24/2020 - 20:42

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Federal Aid Tops $260 Million for Alabama Recovery from Hurricane Sally

Mon, 23 Nov 2020 18:30:23 +0000

Federal Aid Tops $260 Million for Alabama Recovery from Hurricane Sally

Montgomery, Ala. – More than $260 million in federal grants, loans and flood insurance program claims has been approved for residents and businesses since Hurricane Sally made landfall in Alabama two months ago.

Nearly $77 million of that amount has come in the form of grants to hurricane-impacted homeowners and renters to help pay for rent, temporary housing and repairs to a primary residence, as well as other disaster-related needs.

Three Alabama counties—Baldwin, Escambia and Mobile—were designated eligible for FEMA’s Individual Assistance (IA) program in a declaration signed by President Trump on Sept. 20, 2020.

As of Nov. 23, IA grants for temporary housing and rental and home repair or replacement total $55.3 million. Grants for other needs assistance (ONA) exceed $21.5 million.

ONA is provided to individuals and households to help address necessary expenses that cannot be met through other forms of disaster assistance or insurance, such as replacement of personal property and medical, dental, funeral, childcare, transportation, and moving and storage expense reimbursements.

“We are grateful for our local, state, and federal partnership that has helped deliver assistance to families that were devastated by Hurricane Sally,” said Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director, Brian Hastings. “As the recovery process continues, we encourage everyone to build forward better and start preparing for the next disaster.”

Small Business Administration (SBA)

More than $109.8 million in SBA disaster loans have been approved to help homeowners, renters and businesses recover from Hurricane Sally. As of Nov. 23, SBA has approved nearly $103.3 million in long-term, low interest disaster loans for homeowners and renters, as well as more than $6.5 million disaster loans to businesses.

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

To date, NFIP has approved 3,247 flood insurance claims, and has paid more than $74.2 million to policy holders. The program allows property owners in communities that participate in NFIP to purchase flood insurance administered by the federal government.

felicia.jordanMon, 11/23/2020 - 13:30

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FEMA Announces $140 Million for Emergency Food and Shelter Program

Mon, 23 Nov 2020 19:16:38 +0000

FEMA Announces $140 Million for Emergency Food and Shelter Program

WASHINGTON -- FEMA has announced that $140 million will be available to communities across the county to assist with feeding and sheltering.

Congress made $125 million available for Fiscal Year 2020, and this year, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board is including an additional $15 million from funds that have not been used from prior grant years. FEMA awarded the $125 million to the National Board, which is now allocating the funds, combined with the additional $15 million, to qualifying jurisdictions (counties and cities).

EFSP funds assist local organizations dedicated to feeding, sheltering, and providing critical resources to people with economic emergencies, including our nation's hungry and homeless populations. These funds are for people with non-disaster related emergencies and can be used for a broad range of services, including mass shelter, mass feeding, food pantries and food banks, utility bill payments to prevent cut-offs, rent/mortgage payments to prevent evictions/foreclosures, and transition assistance from shelters to stable living conditions.

Of this year’s allocation, 8% will be made available to states that will make funding determinations to aid people in jurisdictions with needs that may not be reflected in the National Board’s qualifying formula.

The National Board is chaired by FEMA, with representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army and United Way Worldwide. United Way Worldwide, selected by the National Board as its Secretariat and Fiscal Agent, is also responsible for the daily administration of the EFSP.

EFSP funding is allocated to qualifying local jurisdictions based on a formula using the most recent national population, unemployment and poverty data. Grants are then awarded by local boards to nonprofit and government organizations that provide direct services to those in need in their communities. With the FY 2020 funding, the total aid disbursed in the EFSP’s 38-year history will be more than $5 billion.

View the Phase 38 Fiscal Year 2020 Allocations for a state-by-state list of the eligible jurisdictions and award amount.

mayshaunt.garyMon, 11/23/2020 - 14:16

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