Funding Available for Nonprofits from the MEMA Public Assistance Program
The Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is administering the Public Assistance Program in response to and recovery from COVID-19 (DR-4522). The program provides funding for emergency assistance to save lives and protect property, and assists with funding for permanently restoring community infrastructure affected by a federally declared incident. For example, the program may provide reimbursement for costs associated with disinfecting eligible public facilities, training specific to the COVID-19 pandemic, and purchasing personal protective equipment for an organization. Attend an upcoming information session to learn more and view the full list of eligible nonprofits and types of emergency protective measures that may be eligible below.
- Learn more about the program in the Public Assistance Fact Sheet
- Overview of types of emergency protective measures that may be eligible: COVID-19 Eligible Emergency Protective Measures Fact Sheet
- Eligibility for this program extends to certain private non-profits, including museums, libraries, shelters, food assistance programs, community centers, performing arts centers, and many more (be sure to view the PNP Eligibility Table for a comprehensive list).
- Pre-recorded briefing session: https://youtu.be/aigr1IaXvv4
- May 5th from 10am-12pm: live, virtual briefing for applicants in Cumberland + York Counties. Join the session here.
- May 6th from 10am-12pm: live, virtual briefing for applicants in the other 14 counties. Join the session here.
- A few important details about the briefing sessions: The briefings will be conducted using Microsoft Teams. There is no “call-in only” option – the URL allows participants to join through the Microsoft Teams app or a web browser (if you don’t have the app). Participants will be muted and can submit questions through a Q&A board monitored by MEMA staff.
How to Apply for Funding
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org and MEMA will help answer questions about eligibility and grant access to the PA Portal (https://grantee.fema.gov/).
- Once eligibility is determined and portal access granted, organizations can submit a Request for Public Assistance (this is quick and easy – 5 minutes or less).
- After this request has been approved by MEMA and FEMA, organizations can begin to submit Project Worksheets to document eligible expenses for reimbursement.