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New grant programs totaling $300M to provide hazard pay for first responders during pandemic

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Posted at 4:29 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 16:48:45-04

(WXYZ) — The state treasurer announced Wednesday that two new grant programs totaling $300 million will be used to help first responders receive premium hazard pay, and also reimburse local governments for payroll costs incurred during the pandemic.

“Our first responders and those public employees on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic are performing a critical public service for all Michiganders,” said State Treasurer Rachel Eubanks. “Supporting our first responders with funding is vital to keep Michigan safe. These dollars will also help our communities receive some budget relief.”

The First Responder Hazard Pay Premiums Program and the Public Safety and Public Health Payroll Reimbursement Program are available immediately to those who qualify.

Here's what you need to know:

First Responder Hazard Pay Premiums Program
The First Responder Hazard Pay Premiums Program offers $100 million to fund additional compensation for first responders. Eligible first responders performed hazardous duty or work involving physical hardship related to COVID-19.
Cities, villages, townships, counties, public airport operators and certain ambulance operators can be reimbursed up to $1,000 per eligible employee, with no single applicant receiving more than $5 million. Applications from qualifying units of government will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Public Safety and Public Health Payroll Reimbursement Program
The Public Safety and Public Health Payroll Reimbursement Program makes available $200 million to reimburse cities, villages, townships and counties for eligible public safety and public health payroll expenditures incurred from April 2020 to July 2020.
Cities, villages, townships, and counties can participate in the program if they have eligible public safety and public health payroll expenditures.
This program will potentially have two application rounds.
The first application round will be available for reimbursement of April and May 2020 eligible payroll expenditures. If funding is available after the first application round is completed, a second application round will be available for reimbursement of the June and July 2020 eligible payroll expenditures.

For more information, and to apply click here.

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