Governor Tim Walz’s request for federal disaster assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic was granted this week, unlocking additional federal funds for emergency protection and recovery.
Federal funding will now be made available to state, tribal, and certain eligible local governments and private nonprofits for emergency protective measures for all areas of the state impacted by COVID-19. The funding will also be retroactively available to January 20, 2020 and will be continuous.
The new federal funding will go to a variety of programs, including support for crisis counseling, supplemental nutrition programs, medical assistance, funeral assistance, legal services, and statewide hazard mitigation.
Major disasters have now been declared in more than 40 other states since the COVID-19 crisis began.