Local & Tribal Governments

The information below will be updated as Congress acts and new federal resources become available for Wisconsin communities.


Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance Program

Eligible applicants include:

  • County governments
  • Cities, towns and villages
  • Tribal governments and organizations
  • Certain private-non-profit (PNP) organizations
  • Special Districts
  • Institutions of higher education
  • School districts

Applicants must apply for these grants through the FEMA Grants Portal. The State of Wisconsin and FEMA will then work to approve an applicant once they have submitted their request into the Portal.

The local cost share for projects under this program is 12.5%. The state also covers 12.5%, while the remaining 75% is covered by FEMA.

Examples of projects and activities related to COVID-19 response that are eligible for these grants include:

  • Emergency protective measures
    • Emergency Operation Centers
    • Disinfection of eligible public facilities
    • Evacuation and sheltering
    • Supplies and commodities, including medical supplies, PPE, and other equipment
    • Dissemination of information to the public
    • Security, law enforcement, barricades and fencing
    • Temporary facilities
  • Administrative time spent preparing your request (5% of total award amount)
    • Participating in calls/meetings
    • Preparing correspondence
    • Grants Portal activities
    • Collecting and submitting documents
    • Training

Click here to access applicant briefing materials and other resources to help you prepare and submit your grant requests. FEMA’s Public Assistance Training Section has also released a number of informational videos on the application process which are available here.

Routes to Recovery: Local Government Aid Grants

This program is a $200 million effort aimed at helping local leaders address some of their most urgent and unique COVID-19 recovery needs. Administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA), Routes to Recovery Grants will be allocated to every Wisconsin county, city, village, town and federally recognized tribe.

The effort is funded by $200 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars and will be administered by the DOA. Of the $200 million, $10 million will be allocated to Wisconsin’s tribal nations, with the remaining funds being distributed to every Wisconsin county, city, village and town. 

For more information regarding the Routes to Recovery Grants, including the allocation amounts for counties and local units of government, please click here.

Routes to Recovery Grants for Wisconsin counties, cities, villages and towns will provide reimbursements for unbudgeted expenditures incurred this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the following categories: 

  • Emergency operations activities, including those related to public health, emergency services, and public safety response
  • Purchases of personal protective equipment
  • Cleaning/sanitizing supplies and services, including those related to elections administration
  • Temporary isolation housing for infected or at-risk individuals
  • Testing and contact tracing costs above those covered by existing State programs
  • FMLA and sick leave for public health and safety employees to take COVID-19 precautions
  • Meeting local match requirements for expenses submitted for reimbursement by FEMA, to the extent allowed by federal law

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