Baker-Polito Administration Awards Nearly $10 Million in Federal Funding to Support Local and State COVID-19 Response

by | Aug 26, 2020

The Baker-Polito Administration today allocated more than $9.6 million in federal Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program (CESFP) grants awarded to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants and Research (OGR) from the U.S. Department of Justice. More than 100 local and state public safety agencies will receive this funding for additional resources to further aid in preventing, preparing for and/or responding to the Coronavirus.

“These awards to municipal departments and state agencies across the Commonwealth demonstrate our commitment to providing our police officers, firefighters, and other public safety personnel with the necessary tools to effectively serve their communities while continuing to fight a pandemic,” said Governor Charlie Baker.

Eligible municipalities were invited to solicit up to $50,000 in total funding to benefit their police and/or fire department needs. In total, 65 fire departments and 44 police departments representing 94 cities and towns will directly benefit from the CESFP awards.

“These grants will help aid local municipalities to purchase the additional safeguards necessary to protect our frontline workers against COVID-19,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Massachusetts has made great strides in slowing the spread of this virus, and we will continue to support our local heroes with the resources they need to protect themselves and their communities.”

CESFP awards were also made available for competitive solicitation by state public safety agencies responsible for confronting the pandemic. The funding will assist agencies with outfitting staff with personal protective gear, purchasing deep cleaning sanitation equipment for correctional facilities and academies, utilizing video technology to conduct hearings remotely, and obtaining materials to reconfigure office space to enhance social distancing and protect essential workers.

“We are still battling COVID-19 and the subsequent consequences of this pandemic,” said Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury), Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. “Therefore, it is important that we continue to provide resources for our local and state public safety agencies so that they are well equipped to safely and effectively combat the coronavirus. This federal aid will help accomplish this by providing PPE and other equipment to Police and Fire Departments throughout the Commonwealth.”

The CESFP local and state awardees are as follows:

Municipal recipients in the Second Worcester District:

 

Applicant Recommendation Request Summary
Leicester Police Department $25,485.65 overtime, PPE, 4 mist foggers, 4 batteries for foggers, 8 cases of viro tabs
Northbridge Fire Department $16,785.00 3 virus killing light system, 1 disinfection fogger
Northbridge Police Department $16,785.00 3 virus killing light system, 1 disinfection fogger
Shrewsbury Fire Department $33,963.96 25 compliant portable radios
Upton Fire Department $2,200.00 electrostatic disinfectant sprayer

 

State recipients:

 

Applicant Recommendation Request Summary
Department of Fire Services $323,252.00 Cleaning services for MFA campuses, PPE and COVID-19 testing center equipment.
Department of Corrections $2,417,251.60 Video conferencing equipment, backpack cleaners and related equipment.
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency $371,492.09 Decon sprayers, A/V equipment and installation.
Massachusetts National Guard $410,000.00 Internal system upgrade to better manage response during pandemic and other emergencies.
Massachusetts Parole Board $866,730.27 Videoconferencing, sober housing for released prisoners due to COVID-19, decon- sprayers.
Massachusetts State Police $1,967,578.23 Washable uniforms for use by MSP during pandemic.
Municipal Police Training Committee $77,036.11 Equipment to conduct outside classes at the academy during pandemic, backpack sprayers.
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner $186,034.28 Renovation costs for social distancing workspace for staff at office and PPE.
Total Funding Recommendation $6,619,374.58