OMB Memo, M-20-20, Repurposing Existing Federal Financial Assistance Programs and Awards to Support the Emergency Response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The purpose of this notification is to provide information on the applicability to FEMA grant programs of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) memo, M-20-20, dated April 9, 2020, Repurposing Existing Federal Financial Assistance Programs and Awards to Support the Emergency Response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The linked memorandum provides an explanation of FEMA’s Implementation of OMB Memorandum M-20-20 to support the emergency response to COVID-19. OMB issued a class exception under the authority of 2 CFR §200.102(a), Exceptions, that allows federal awarding agencies to repurpose federal grant awards in whole or in part to support the COVID-19 response, as consistent with applicable laws, by donating medical equipment, other resources, or funds to support COVID-19 response. Any donations or repurposing of funds must comply with all legal requirements associated with such funding, including but not limited to compliance with the purpose of the appropriation used for the award and any restrictions in programmatic statutes, appropriations, and fiscal laws. As a result, the ability to donate or repurpose funds is limited.

You can find the OMB Memorandum here and the FEMA Implementation of the OMB Memorandum here

If you have any questions please contact your applicable State Emergency Management Office POC, FEMA Regional Grants Office POC, or FEMA Regional/HQ Program office POC for additional information.

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