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FEMA announces grant to give unemployed Arkansans additional $300 a week due to COVID-19 pandemic

FEMA’s grant funding will allow Arkansas to provide $300 per week, on top of their regular unemployment benefit, to those unemployed due to the COVID-19.

WASHINGTON — FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved Arkansas for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program. 

The grant funding will allow Arkansas to provide $300 per week, on top of its regular unemployment benefit, to those unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FEMA will work with Gov. Asa Hutchinson to implement a system to make this funding available to Arkansas residents.

On Aug. 8, 2020, President Trump made available up to $44 billion from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to Americans who have lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Tuesday (Aug. 25), the state of Arkansas agreed to administer a lost wages program for its citizens who are unemployed due to COVID-19.

To see a list of states previously approved for lost wages assistance, go to: https://www.fema.gov/fact-sheet/lost-wages-assistance-approved-states.

To learn more about FEMA’s lost wages supplemental payment assistance, visit: https://www.fema.gov/fact-sheet/fema-lost-wages-supplemental-payment-assistance

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