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Commonwealth Allocates $2,493,153 for Shelter Upgrades to Localities

This update was published by Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Programs
Published: July 5, 2022

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced the award of $2,493,153 for shelter upgrades and backup generators to eleven local governments. The Virginia Emergency Shelter Upgrade Assistance Fund, authorized under the Code of Virginia §44.146.29:3. The fund is used for the purposes of providing matching funds to localities to install, maintain, or repair infrastructure related to backup energy generation for emergency shelters, including solar energy generators, and to improve the hazard-specific structural integrity (wind retrofit) of shelter facilities owned by the locality.

The maximum state match for a grant application is $450,000, with a local contribution based on the Commission on Local Government Federal Stress Index.  Eligible sub-applicants include local governments, as defined as political subdivisions in the Emergency Services and Disaster Laws §44-146.16 “any city or county in the Commonwealth and, for the purposes of this chapter, the Town of Chincoteague, West Point, and any town of more than 5,000 population that chooses to have an emergency management program separate from that of the county in which such town is located.”  

The following jurisdictions applied for and are receiving funding through this grant program include:

Locality Project Name State Match Local Match Total Grant Award
Brunswick County Conference Center Upgrade Generator $220,610 $99,115 $319,725
Caroline County Caroline HS Installation of Generator $289,000 $136,000 $425,000
Fairfax County Lee District Rec Center Shelter Generator $383,559 $235,084 $618,643
Hampton, City of Multiple School Generator Installation $416,771 $154,148 $570,920
Nottoway County Nottoway County Upgrade Generators $85,677 $36,719 $122,396
Prince William County Prince William County Installation of Generators $179,586 $92,514 $272,100
Salem, City of Salem Civic Center Upgrade Generator $154,800 $60,200 $215,000
York County York HS Generator Installation $449,920 $475,080 $925,000
Total Funding $2,179,923 $1,288,860 $3,468,784

The following localities will receive funding for FY 2021 when their current FY 2020 Shelter Upgrade Fund project they are implementing has been completed:

Locality Project Name State Match Local Match Total Grant Award
Botetourt County Botetourt County Shelter Upgrade Generator Fire Department $59,400 $30,600 $90,000
Goochland County Goochland Sports Complex Shelter Upgrade Generator $134,830 $86,203 $221,034
Wise County St. Paul ES Shelter Upgrade and Installation Generator $119,000 $51,000 $170,000
Total Funding $313,230 $167,803 $481,034

For additional information on mitigation grant funding opportunities, please contact:

Debbie Messmer – VDEM State Hazard Mitigation Officer at


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