FEMA Cost-Share Increased to 100% Retroactively from January 2020

Posted on February 2, 2021 by Dene Westbrook

Following the issuance of President Biden’s memorandum that increased FEMA’s cost share to 100 percent federal, today, the Biden Administration clarified that FEMA will be “retroactively reimbursing states fully for the FEMA-eligible services – including masks, gloves, emergency feeding actions, sheltering at risk populations and mobilization of the National Guard – backdated to the beginning of the pandemic in January 2020.” Previously,  the cost-share was 75% federal; 25% non-federal.


The revised memorandum states that FEMA shall provide a 100 percent Federal cost-share for all work eligible for assistance under Public Assistance Category B, pursuant to sections 403 (42 U.S.C. 5170b), 502 (42 U.S.C. 5192), and 503 (42 U.S.C. 5193) of the Stafford Act performed from January 20, 2020, through January 20, 2021.

Communities should contact Michigan State Police, our state FEMA  Administrator, and the Region V FEMA office to ensure they receive the full reimbursement for the cost-share adjustment.


Herasanna Richards is a legislative associate handling energy, environmental, elections, and external municipal services for the League. She can be reached at [email protected] or 517-908-0309.

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