Westfield State University receives $1.27 million for COVID-19 testing costs – MassLive.com

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending nearly $1.3 million to Westfield State University to reimburse the college for the cost of contracting to test students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $1,269,231 Public Assistance grant will reimburse the cost of diagnostic testing between February 2021 and June 2021. It comes on the heels of a similar announcement granting nearly $6.6 million to the University of Massachusetts Amherst for testing over a 12-month period in 2020 and 2021.

“Providing resources for our institutions of higher education in combating the COVID-19 pandemic is critical to their success, and to our success as a nation,” FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich said.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides funding for states, communities and certain private non profit organizations recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.

So far, FEMA has provided more than $1 billion in Public Assistance grants to Massachusetts for reimbursement of pandemic-related expenses.