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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 over 25,000 positive cases and Nassau County accounting for almost 3.000. FEMA recently announced that it will be reimbursing and aiding organizations who have been providing essential emergency operations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response. Nassau County Executive Laura Curran is urging all eligible local hospitals, nonprofits and municipalities who have been affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic 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, and prevent damage to public and private property. In order to apply for the assistance eligible applicants must attend a brief webinar on Thursday, March 26.

“We are experiencing an unprecedented situation that is causing an extraordinary financial burden on our local economy, especially essential operations throughout the County.  I am strongly recommending all eligible organizations join this webinar as the first step to applying for the assistance available in order to keep these essential operations going through this pandemic. We will continue to work with our state and federal partners to get as much support as possible,” 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.  On Thursday, March 26 FEMA will begin holding 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:

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

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