RICHMOND – The Commonwealth will receive $1,838,646.90 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for electrical distribution repairs as a result of damages from Tropical Storm Michael. The grant represents a federal cost-share of the total project cost of $2,451,529.20, the remainder of funds come from non-federal sources. Funding is authorized under Section 406 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.

“Virginia continues working closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to secure federal funding to help our communities recover from the impacts of this historic storm,” said Jeff Stern, VDEM’s State Coordinator of Emergency Management. “This grant, funded through FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program, will reimburse communities for the actions they took in the immediate response and during the recovery of Tropical Storm Michael.”

The sub-recipient for funding from this grant is the Southside Electric Cooperative for electric distribution repairs. To date, the federal government has obligated more than $5.7 million to the Commonwealth resulting from Tropical Storm Michael under the Public Assistance program.

Eligible applicants include states, federally recognized tribal governments, U.S. territories, local governments and certain non-profit organizations. The grant applications are submitted by the Commonwealth, which coordinates the process with local governments.

Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at and at

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