DENVER – FEMA has approved more than $237.12 million in additional Public Assistance funding for the COVID-19 response in Colorado. The assistance was made available under a major disaster declaration issued March 28, 2020. FEMA has provided more than $1.8 billion in total assistance for Colorado’s COVID-19 response to date.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment was awarded $237.12 million in FEMA funding to create and operate seven community-based testing sites to conduct statewide COVID-19 testing. Since September 2021, an average of more than 450,000 tests per month were administered at the sites. The award provides funding for contracted testing and lab services including supplies and equipment, and the transporting and processing of tests.
For the COVID-19 response, FEMA has simplified the Public Assistance application and funding process to address the magnitude of this event and to allow state and local governments to receive eligible funding more quickly. These reimbursements play a critical role as state, tribal and local officials work tirelessly to assist their communities during this response. Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at www.fema.gov/assistance/public