“As we continue to fight COVID-19 and protect the public health of our citizens, we know that Arizona will recover from this pandemic. We will do it together, and we will emerge stronger and more resilient as a state and as a people.”
-Doug Ducey, Governor of Arizona
Governor Ducey outlined three key priorities for Arizona's recovery from the COVID-19 outbreak, which will guide the state's work to protect public health, support local communities and ensure resources are available for Arizonans while we work to revive Arizona's economy.
Addressing the public health crisis is the top priority. Governor Ducey has charged his administration with ensuring that Arizona is doing everything possible to stop the spread of COVID-19, acquiring necessary medical equipment and providing care and comfort for individuals being treated for COVID-19.
Reviving Arizona’s economy and ensuring support is available for individuals facing economic challenges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak is critical to our recovery efforts. Governor Ducey is committed to ensuring programs like unemployment and health benefits are funded and sustained, while laying the groundwork for our economic recovery so that Arizona can return stronger.
COVID-19 has impacted every community in every corner of our state, creating a ripple effect throughout Arizona. Governor Ducey has charged his administration and organizations serving Arizonans during this time with ensuring our children and most vulnerable are protected, our rural communities have the support they need and we are proactively working to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our state.
Grant Programs Supporting Arizona's Targeted Needs
Restaurant Industry Support
The Safest Outside Restaurant Assistance Program is designed to assist bars and restaurants in funding infrastructure needed to expand their premises. The program will fund up to $10,000 in expenditures for items such as outdoor furniture, barriers, patio heaters, parklets that restaurants need to extend their premises to approved outdoor spaces. Application opens: Monday, December 7, 2020
The Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Response Grant Program is designed to provide funding to local Arizona Chambers of Commerce, to implement or expand programs that accelerate local economic recovery.
Support for AZ Schools
The Enrollment Stabilization Grant Program is designed to provide funding to Arizona schools to mitigate the impact of COVID on the 2020-2021 school year
Rental Housing Support
This program is currently accepting applications for those who started an application prior to October 28, 2020 and are currently in “draft” status. Once these applications are reviewed, the portal may reopen to new applicants.
The RPOPF Program provides assistance to rental property owners across Arizona, who are facing rental income issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Keeping Families Connected
This program is no longer accepting applications.
This program will provide the technology and resources needed to skilled nursing facilities to ensure Arizona families can stay connected with loved ones living in care facilities, while we protect at-risk populations from COVID-19.
Safe & Accessible Elections
Supporting Local Communities
This program is no longer accepting applications.
The Governor’s Office established the AZCares Fund to provide immediate relief for COVID-19 response efforts in local communities across the state - maximizing flexibility and minimizing red tape. Learn more about distributions using the tool below.
Delivering Expedited & Streamlined Relief
The Arizona Express Pay Program, streamlines the application process for FEMA public assistance and expedites the delivery of relief funding.
STEP 1: Register for FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant Program
In response to the Federal Emergency declaration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) initiated their public Assistance program, allowing state and local governments to apply for reimbursement of COVID-19 related emergency response and protective measures, incurred beginning January 20, 2020. Public assistance is a reimbursement program intended to assist jurisdictions in recouping disaster-related costs.
Applicants should work with the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) to complete an application for FEMA public assistance. All applicants must register with FEMA to receive reimbursement from the Public Assistance Program. Use the button below to view the dashboard and verify that your organization is registered.
STEP 2: Sign up to access all COVID-19 related grants and funding opportunities
The eCivis grant system, used by the State of Arizona, is available for use by community partners free of charge to identify and manage COVID-19 related grant opportunities.
Browse the eCivis inventory of available funding opportunities for COVID-19 response and recovery efforts and utilize the grant management tools in the post-award phase. Funding information is added daily, so check back often.
STEP 3: Begin Tracking all COVID-19 Expenses
Local governments, state agencies, tribal communities and nonprofit organizations should ensure proper tracking of all COVID-19 related expenses since the beginning of the crisis. Thorough tracking will ensure requests for reimbursement will have proper supporting documentation. Agencies should refer to their financial accounting department for specific guidance.
If the agency is applying for FEMA public assistance funding, the agency should contact DEMA to attend an applicant webinar and receive relevant materials for tracking expenses. Refer to Step 1 to register for a briefing or click here.
STEP 4: Apply for COVID-19 related Grants and Funding Opportunities from the State of Arizona
Once your organization is registered in eCivis, use the State of Arizona's External Grant Listing to browse COVID-19 related funding opportunities from the the state.