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New information posted May 7, 2021 regarding application due dates. See below.

Governor Cuomo Announces $26.6 Million Available to Support Essential Workers and First Responders Through the Empire Pandemic Grant Program

Program Was Designed to Assist Essential Workers and First Responders with Urgent Economic Needs Amidst Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

Up to $1,000 Available per Household from Funding Made Possible Through Private Donations

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $26.6 million is available to support essential workers and first responders through the Empire Pandemic Response Reimbursement Fund program coordinated by the Office of Children and Family Services. The program is designed to reimburse out-of-pocket childcare, transportation, lodging and other qualifying expenses that enabled workers to perform their duties. The funding comes from private donations from individuals, charitable trusts and businesses made during the COVID crisis.

Qualifying applicants include first responders, health care, and many multi-industry workers. Up to $1,000 is available per household. Workers should be referred by employers, unions or social service providers who can verify employment during the COVID emergency. Families who earn up to 500 percent of the federal poverty level - or $125,470 for a family of four - are eligible to apply for the funds to cover expenses.

Important Updates

Due to the overwhelming response for the Empire Pandemic Response Reimbursement Fund and the limited funding available, OCFS is providing the following updates:

It is our honor to disburse these funds to first responders and essential workers. We thank you for your dedicated service to the people of New York State.

Change in the Dates to Request and Submit Paper Applications - Notice to those who wish to request a paper application for the Empire Pandemic Relief Reimbursement Fund

Due to the overwhelming response for Empire Pandemic Relief Reimbursement Fund grants, and the likelihood that funds will soon be exhausted, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services must exercise its right to revise the due date for requesting a paper application, as permitted under the terms of the grant opportunity. The final deadline to request a paper application is May 7, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.. The Program Administrator must receive all paper applications in the mail by Thursday, May 27 at 5:00 p.m.. No paper applications will be accepted after that time. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to those applicants who submit a complete application.

Actualizaciónes Importantes

Debido a la abrumadora respuesta a la subvención disponible del Fondo de Reembolso de Empire en Respuesta a la Pandemia y la limitación de los fondos disponibles, la Oficina de Servicios para Niños y Familias (Office of Children and Family Services, OCFS) está proporcionando las siguientes actualizaciones:

  • Se recomienda encarecidamente a las personas que ya han comenzado su solicitud en línea pero solo la completaron parcialmente, al igual que a las personas que aún no han comenzado su solicitud pero desean presentarla, que la completen y la envíen de inmediato, ya que los fondos disponibles son limitados.
  • Los solicitantes en línea cuyas presentaciones ya han sido revisadas y aprobadas por completo deberían recibir un correo electrónico a partir de mediados de mayo de HyperWallet notificándoles que recibirán fondos y pidiéndoles que seleccionen su forma de pago preferida. Como recordatorio, los solicitantes en línea pueden verificar el estado de su solicitud en cualquier momento iniciando sesión en el portal de solicitudes. Los solicitantes serán notificados por correo electrónico si se necesita información fiscal adicional o cuando se tome una decisión final.
  • La fecha tope de envío de la solicitud en papel es actualmente el 15 de junio de 2021 a las 5 p.m., hora del este.

Es un honor para nosotros desembolsar estos fondos a los primeros intervinientes o socorristas y trabajadores esenciales. Le agradecemos su dedicado servicio a la gente del estado de Nueva York.

Cambio en las fechas para solicitar y presentar solicitudes impresas - Notificación a aquéllos que deseen solicitar una aplicación impresa o en papel para el Fondo de Reembolso de Empire en Respuesta a la Pandemia (Empire Pandemic Relief Reimbursement Fund).

Debido a la abrumadora respuesta a las subvenciones del Fondo de Reembolso de Empire en Respuesta a la Pandemia y la probabilidad de que los fondos se agoten pronto, la Oficina de Servicios para Niños y Familias del Estado de Nueva York debe ejercer su derecho a revisar la fecha límite para solicitar una solicitud impresa, según se permita bajo los términos de la oportunidad de subvención. La fecha límite final para solicitar una solicitud en papel es el 7 de mayo de 2021 a las 4:30 p.m.. El administrador del programa debe recibir todas las solicitudes impresas por correo antes del jueves 27 de mayo a las 5:00 p.m.. No se aceptarán solicitudes en papel después de ese tiempo. Las subvenciones se otorgarán por orden de llegada a los solicitantes que presenten una solicitud completa.

About the Empire Pandemic Response Reimbursement Fund

The Empire Pandemic Response Reimbursement Fund is a non-competitive application. Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria set forth below and who submit the required supporting documentation for eligible expenses will be awarded funds to reimburse out-of-pocket expenses they incurred to respond to COVID-19 that have not been reimbursed by another source. Awards will be made to eligible applicants for eligible expenditures on a first come, first served basis until funding is exhausted. The maximum reimbursement amount is $1,000 per household.

Empire Pandemic Response Reimbursement Fund Grant Opportunity Announcement
Amended 5/7/2021
English: Grant Announcement Word | Grant Announcement PDF
Spanish / Español: Grant Announcement Word | Grant Announcement PDF

The Empire Pandemic Response Reimbursement Fund Hotline:
Phone: 844-679-3369
Hours: 8:30 - 4:30, Monday - Friday

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