Who is a member?
Our members are the local governments of Massachusetts and their elected and appointed leadership.
The Commonwealth created the CvRF-MP to make up to $502 million in federal CARES Act resources available to municipalities to respond to the public health emergency caused by COVID-19.
The new guidance includes detailed information about the way CvRF-MP intersects with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance program.
For municipalities that have a remaining CvRF balance as well as a pending application in the early stages of the FEMA-PA pipeline, the Executive Office for Administration and Finance will permit municipalities to withdraw the FEMA-PA application and apply their CvRF balance to cover those eligible expenses. Municipalities with a FEMA-PA application already in the “Recipient Final Review” stage should complete the process, and costs rejected by FEMA can be supported by CvRF-MP if the costs are CvRF-eligible and the municipality has a remaining CvRF balance.
The CvRF-MP was created to complement the FEMA-PA program, and municipalities agreed to pursue FEMA-PA reimbursement first, before using CvRF-MP funds.
Since the creation of the CvRF-MP, the terms and eligible expenses for the FEMA-PA have changed several times, including a change from providing 75% reimbursement to covering 100% reimbursement for eligible expenses, retroactively, for the duration of the public health emergency. These changes may result in a CvRF-MP unspent balance for many municipalities.
The guidance from the state details how municipalities should complete final reporting measures, as well as instructions for returning any remaining funds to the state.