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Disaster Relief

FEMA Disaster Relief Fund

  • The CARES Act designates $45 billion for FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide for the immediate needs of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments to protect citizens and help them recover from the overwhelming effects of COVID-19. $15 billion may be used for all purposes authorized under such Act and may be used in addition to amounts designated by the Congress as being for disaster relief pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(D) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency 15 Deficit Control Act of 1985.
    • Reimbursable activities may include medical response, personal protective equipment, National Guard deployment, coordination of logistics, safety measures, and community services nationwide.
    • Local governments, tribes and non-profits can apply for FEMA Public Assistance through the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management - Disaster Recovery Division. Reimbursement can cover 75% of the costs associated with responding to  COVID-19. For more information, visit FEMA's website.
    • To apply contact Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (Phone) 505-476-9600

Emergency Food and Shelter Program

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Broadband & Telehealth

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Connected Care Pilot Program

  • The CARES Act provides the Connected Care Pilot Program with $200 million. This program will support efforts of health care providers to address COVID-19 by using telehealth to connect with patients. This is a competitive program.Program Guidelines are being develop. For more information, view the FCC Fact Sheet. This fact sheet will be updated when more information is available on the new pilot program.

FCC’s Rural Health Care Program

  • This program provides funding to eligible health care providers for telecommunications and broadband services necessary for the provision of health care. You can find more information on the Rural Health Care Program's website.

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USDA Rural Development

Distance Learning and Telemedicine

Re-Connect Program

  • This program has been allotted $100 million through the CARES Act to help ensure rural Americans have access to broadband. This is a competitive program.The application window for the second round of funding is now open, and applications are being accepted until April 15, 2020. You can find more information on the Re-Connect Program's website.


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