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Curran Urges Nonprofits and Municipalities to Apply for FEMA Reimbursements and Assistance

New York State has been the hardest hit from the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, with nearly 150,000 positive cases and Nassau County accounting for over 18.000 of those cases. FEMA recently announced that it will be reimbursing organizations who have been providing emergency protective measures during the COVID-19 responseNassau County Executive Laura Curran is urging all eligible local hospitals, nonprofits and municipalities who have been affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, which have not already, to dedicate staff to apply for this very important FEMA disaster assistance. The assistance will provide funding for actions (taken from January 20, 2020 and on) regarding the COVID-19 outbreak to save lives, protect public health and safety, and prevent damage to public health and safety. In order to apply for the assistance, eligible applicants must attend a brief webinar.  Additional dates for the webinar through April 17 have been announced.    

“Along with the catastrophic health implications, the Coronavirus pandemic is devastating to our local economy and putting an extraordinary burden on essential operations throughout the County. All eligible organizations, which have not already, should consider attending these webinars as the first step for applying for assistance. We will continue to work with our state and federal partners to get as much support as we can during this public health crisis,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.

Organizations eligible for the funding include governmental entities, critical (or essential) non-profits and non-critical (or non-essential) non-profits.

  • Examples of Governmental entities are Nassau County Departments/Offices/Agencies, the County’s 2 cities, 3 towns and 64 incorporated villages, school districts, fire districts.
  • Examples of critical non-profits are hospitals, utility organizations, educational facilities (including public and private colleges), laboratories, nursing homes and agencies that provide emergency services.
  • Examples of non-critical non-profits are houses of worship, community centers, libraries, senior citizen centers, homeless shelters, food assistance programs, performing arts facilities and childcare centers. 

In order to apply for the assistance eligible applicants must attend a brief webinar.  New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, which helps to administer FEMA’s Public Assistance program, has added additional applicant briefings for Nassau and Suffolk Counties via WebEx.

The webinar will provide eligible applicants with the information needed to:

  • participate in the disaster as Public Assistance applicants; and,
  • submit for reimbursement for FEMA-eligible expenditures incurred as a result of the COVID-19 virus.

To register for one of the applicant briefings, please click on the registration link next to your preferred date and time:

FEMA is also offering a webinar to assist with the next steps and managing to move through the Public Assistance application process.

Topics include:

  • How to register and set up a new account
  • Submit a Request for Public Assistance
  • Upload documents & create tiles
  • Navigate the system throughout the grant process

April 9 at 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm Webinar Link

April 10 at 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm Webinar Link

For more information please reach out to Susan Park at (516) 573-9642 or


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