RICHMOND –The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced today that it is opening the application period for the FY21 Emergency Shelters Upgrade Assistance Grant Fund (Shelter Upgrade Fund). This is a new funding source that was approved as a result of Senate Bill 350, introduced by Senator Lucas, which went into effect July 1, 2020. The General Assembly approved $2,500,000 for this grant fund in state FY 21. The Shelter Upgrade Fund shall be used solely 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.
“It is vitally important to maintain support for our local emergency shelters and backup energy infrastructure,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian J. Moran. “I would like to thank Governor Northam and the General Assembly for continuing to prioritize funding for emergency management across the Commonwealth.”
“This funding opportunity will improve the local sheltering capability across the Commonwealth” said Curtis Brown, VDEM State Coordinator. “We encourage local governments to review and prioritize shelters applications that can protect the most vulnerable Virginian’s.”
- Project supports/protects vulnerable and marginalized populations
- Project is a long term risk based solution
- Localities that submit applications for their primary shelter solutions will have priority. This will be verified by Local Capabilities Assessment Report (LCAR) submissions.
- Project identifies alternative solutions
Who Can Apply?
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.”
All project applications, and supporting documentation, must be submitted through the application portal by February 1, 2021 at 5pm.
VDEM works with local government, state and federal agencies and voluntary organizations to provide resources and expertise through the five mission areas of emergency management; prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. To learn more about ways VDEM is working to improve disaster preparedness, response and recovery, visit www.vaemergency.gov.