PEARL, Miss. (MEMA) – The deadline for local governments to apply for MEMA’s COVID-19 Relief Program is two days away, October 15. In August, Governor Tate Reeves and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency launched the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program. Through the Mississippi Legislature, MEMA was allocated $70 million of CARES Act Money to reimburse county and municipal governments for COVID-19 expenses.
To be reimbursed through the COVID-19 Relief Program, the county/municipality must have their application and specific project (what type of expense they’re being reimbursed for) approved by MEMA. For local governments to receive those approved funds, each must sign an agreement with the state to certify their projects meet CARES Act criteria. Once received, MEMA will release those funds.
Currently, 81 counties and 221 municipalities have applied to receive reimbursements. At the time of this release 52 counties and 75 municipalities have approved projects. The projected reimbursements are: $36,277,513.24.
MEMA is urging local and county governments to apply for the CARES Act funds before the deadline, October 15. According to Senate Bill 3047, monies must be obligated by November 30 or will be returned to Governor Reeves.
*Allocation is the maximum dollar amount each county and municipality are eligible to receive, not the reimbursement amount*