Government grants – Grantstation Trendtrack Mon, 10 Jan 2022 11:14:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Government grants – Grantstation Trendtrack 32 32 Telugu Desam party criticizes government for failing to form Tax Council Mon, 10 Jan 2022 11:14:47 +0000

Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said there was a glaring mismatch between budget allocations and government spending on various heads.

Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, Politburo member of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), demanded that the government form a state-level “Tax Council” to streamline finances, which were out of control, and also to ensure that budgetary rules were scrupulously followed.

In a statement on Monday, Ramakrishnudu said there was a glaring mismatch between budget allocations and government spending on various points.

The government often sought additional grants. In principle, additional grants should not exceed 10% of the target. Yet it was an infinite number of times.

The spending has been made at the whim and whim of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, he said, adding that additional grants may exceed initial budget allocations in the future.

Over the past 32 months, the CM has committed countless budget rule violations. Budget allocations have been thrown into the wind and funds have been misappropriated indiscriminately. The budget manual has been totally ignored.

Fiscal responsibility and budget management (FRBM) guidelines and basic constitutional standards have been buried, he said.

The FRBM review committee has called on all state governments to form tax councils, but AP has so far failed to comply. This council would ensure the expenditure of public funds in accordance with budget allocations approved by the state legislature, he said.

Mr Ramakrishnudu said that if immediate steps were not taken to control fiscal indiscipline, the state would sink into an irremediable financial crisis. A high-level review should be held on government failures and violations. Fiscal rules must be implemented correctly, he added.

UK to demand £ 4bn more from builders for flammable coatings – BBC Sat, 08 Jan 2022 10:09:00 +0000

The Grenfell Tower is seen shrouded in scaffolding and covers two years after the tower burned down in London, Britain on June 14, 2019. REUTERS / Hannah McKay

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LONDON, Jan. 8 (Reuters) – The UK government will seek an additional £ 4bn ($ 5.4bn) from property developers to fund repairs to dangerous buildings, following a fire that has left more than 70 deaths in 2017, the BBC reported.

The deadly fire at Grenfell Tower, a 23-story social housing building in west London, has exposed the widespread use of flammable coatings in apartment buildings across the country, requiring costly removal or 24 hour fire monitoring.

The government has so far pledged around £ 5 billion for repairs and last year imposed a tax on home builders to increase the cost by £ 2 billion over the next 10 years.

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The BBC published government correspondence late Friday, showing ministers would ask an additional £ 4bn from developers to fund repairs to a wider range of buildings and lower costs for apartment tenants.

“You can use a high-level ‘threat’ of tax or legal solutions in discussions with developers as a means of securing voluntary contributions from them,” Simon Clarke, Chief Treasury Secretary, wrote to Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Housing. .

The money would be used to provide government grants to fund repairs to blocks that are at least 11 meters (36 feet) high. Previously, only government loans were available for blocks less than 18.5 meters high.

However, Clarke told Gove that if developers didn’t pay, he would have to find the money in the existing housing budget.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Leveling, Housing and Communities did not immediately comment.

Legal liability for repairs is disputed, and in practice tenants of individual apartments have often faced bills of tens of thousands of pounds each for repairs from apartment building owners.

Developers who had to fork out to replace the coating include Barratt (BDEV.L) and Persimmon (PSN.L).

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Spring Creek Wins County’s Largest Lifesaving Grant | Government and politics Thu, 06 Jan 2022 23:45:00 +0000

ADELLA HARDING Elko Daily Correspondent

ELKO – Elko County Commissioners have approved about $ 4.98 million in American Rescue Plan Act grants to six of 21 grant applicants, with the Spring Creek Association receiving the largest share – nearly $ 2 million. dollars.

Elko Lions Club receives $ 750,000, Spring Creek Ambulance Station $ 550,000, City Jackpot $ 500,000, Silver State Stampede $ 379,506 and Elko County Fair Board $ 300,000.

The grants come from the nearly $ 10.25 million in federal rescue funds allocated to Elko County.

“We received the first semester, $ 5,125,754, in 2021 and plan to receive the second semester later this year,” said Elko County Manager Amanda Osborne. “I think we will follow a similar process for the second round of funding. However, we are waiting for the receipt of funds to make formal decisions. “

The new chairman of the Elko County Commissioners Council, Delmo Andreozzi, told the council on January 5 that a task force had assessed the 21 candidates and narrowed the list to six. The commissioners choose a new president at the start of each year.

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Commissioner Rex Steninger said the commissioners were “all adamant” that the approved grants would benefit unincorporated areas of the county, as cities receive separate rescue funds. The town of Elko gets the most, $ 27.5 million.

The claims of the 21 claimants totaled $ 11.99 million.

Spring stream

The Spring Creek Association’s request was to support “continued recovery efforts in response to the impacts of the past year and a half,” and the request indicates that the Spring Creek community and businesses continue to experience financial difficulties.

The app said “small businesses were facing closures or lost revenue, leaving people unemployed. Distance education has been “hit and miss” for families, creating frustration and difficulty as they have to make the decision to quit their jobs to stay home with the kids and try to make ends meet.

The main part of Spring Creek’s proposal is to update the Horse Palace to increase tourism, as well as so that the Horse Palace can be designated an emergency site. “Costs have increased since our initial projection: $ 1.88 million,” says the app.

The SCA made a presentation to county commissioners last September for rescue funds which estimated the Horse Palace update at $ 1.6 million, and the proposal at the time sought nearly $ 2.82 million. total dollars in rescue funds.

The county put that application on hold and then set up the process to apply for grants from the rescue fund.

SCA’s request also states that funding for government services would include $ 204,600 for animal control and $ 57,000 for route marking over a three-year period, as well as $ 90,000 for improving the quality of animal control. marina water for downstream users.

The association’s plans outlined in its request include meeting all public health needs to counter the spread of COVID-19 through paid sick, family and medical leave for employees, $ 21,985, and purchasing personal protective equipment and disinfectant for public spaces and other facilities, $ 6,800.

Camp Lamoille

The Elko Lions Club plans to use its $ 750,000 grant to continue rebuilding Camp Lamoille, stating that a “fully restored and modernized Camp Lamoille will increase tourism and travel, bringing increased prosperity and widespread appeal to the region. Elko County “.

The request reports that Camp Lamoille “suffered two devastating hits, the Range Two Fire at the end of 2018, which destroyed many buildings, including our lodge, then COVID-19”.

The club said the pandemic was having “a significant negative impact on our ability to rebuild the camp,” due to the high costs of building materials and a shortage of materials, so funds generated after the fire did not occur. were not sufficient.

“Social isolation and limited social interactions have effectively blocked our further fundraising efforts in 2020 and 2021,” Lions Club wrote, adding that benefactors saw their ability to give affected by the loss of personal income. and business due to the pandemic.

The request is for $ 400,000 for a dining area in the lodge, $ 200,000 for an additional campsite and $ 150,000 for cabins and storage.

Other grants

The town of Jackpot near the Idaho border was one of the hardest-hit communities in Elko County due to COVID-19, when casinos were closed and gambling traffic stopped .

“The shortage of available housing (and housing in general) has been exacerbated by COVID-19, forcing many residents to relocate outside the community and travel to Jackpot for work. The city of Jackpot is working on public-private partnerships to meet the most immediate needs ”, specifies the summary of the candidacy.

Jackpot’s $ 500,000 grant is for affordable housing, but is less than the $ 2 million requested, according to the list of 21 requests, ranging from government like Jackpot and Spring Creek Ambulance Station to events. nonprofits, organizations such as Head Start and businesses.

The county planned to staff an ambulance in Spring Creek before the pandemic struck “to enable better service to Spring Creek and surrounding communities,” the summary said.

The $ 550,000 ambulance grant “would allow for the construction of additional space and necessary facility upgrades to house a crew and necessary supplies at the Spring Creek Fire Hall,” the explanation said.

The Silver State Stampede plans to use its grant of $ 379,506 to purchase two portable bleachers that could be used by all events at the Elko County Fairgrounds, not just the rodeo, for an estimate of $ 213,506; and for the new lighting of the new bleachers site, $ 50,000.

The funds would also be used to replace enclosures that would be lost due to the new bleachers, $ 16,000 and $ 80,000 would be used for long-term planning for economic growth, such as reaching 7,000 seats and addressing distancing issues. social. And $ 20,000 would be used to cover lost income due to the pandemic.

“A lot of the spending for the rodeo is needed long before we sell tickets to the rodeo, and the seed fund balance in our account is what makes this possible,” the request says, also indicating that the Silver State Stampede had not received any COVID-19 relief funding so far.

The Elko County Fair Board wrote that the Elko County Fair was not held in 2020 due to COVID-19, and the loss of income from not having the fair and not having horse races in 2020 was a “huge loss to the Elko County Fair, as well as the community.”

The $ 300,000 grant would allow the board of directors to raise racing purses to attract more horses, and “more horses means more races and that means a lot of spectators, local and outside.” Without the grant, the show’s board of directors wrote that it might be forced to reduce the number of races.

The Commissioners previously approved $ 250,000 each to the Elko Boys & Girls Club and the Great Basin College Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Clinic from rescue funds.

Coastal protection across South Africa receives $ 1.2 million boost Tue, 04 Jan 2022 23:23:29 +0000

Projects range from foreshore rip-rap at Moonta Bay as well as a foreshore cladding wall at Smoky Bay, to concept plans and consultation for a marine pool at Hallett Cove.

Environment and Water Minister David Speirs said the grants will enable 13 projects worth $ 2.3 million to tackle the risk of erosion or flooding and public safety and access along the coast, including foreshore protection, dune rehabilitation and coastal maintenance.

“South Australia is blessed with stunning coastlines, but it is important that we continue to manage and protect them for future generations,” said Minister Speirs.

“This $ 1.2 million round of grants will help do just that by funding a range of projects across the state to help boards manage their coastal risks and provide practical solutions.

“South Australia’s coastline is the primary defense against climate change and beaches are often at the heart of the economies of our regional communities.

“Marshall’s Liberal government is committed to protecting our precious coastline and taking action to tackle climate change and this funding will help improve environmental outcomes and boost jobs in our regions.

“This is part of our $ 4 million Regional Coastal Protection Fund to help regional and outer metropolitan coastal councils secure and protect South Australia’s coast. “

The funding is administered by the Coast Protection Board and is in addition to existing grants that are paid out each year.

List of successful projects

– Access staircase to Pennington Bay (Kangaroo Island Council, grant of $ 155,000 for a project of $ 195,000)

– Wyomi Beach Sand Replenishment (Kingston District Council, grant of $ 111,000 for a project of $ 204,000)

– Design of coastal defense structures (Yorke Peninsula Council, grant of $ 55,000 for a project of $ 92,345)

– Foul Bay – review of risks and adaptation options (Yorke Peninsula Council, $ 20,000 for a project of $ 32,628)

– Riprap riprap of the Moonta Bay foreshore (Copper Coast Council, grant of $ 208,000 for a project of $ 417,572)

– Smoky Bay foreshore cladding wall (Ceduna District Council, $ 200,000 for a $ 475,000 project)

– Retirement project managed by Tiller Drive (Onkaparinga City Council, $ 150,000 for a $ 360,000 project)

– Repairs to dikes and replenishment of sand (Whyalla City Council, $ 35,000 for a $ 60,000 project)

– Port Broughton protection works (Barunga West Council, $ 30,000 for a $ 49,800 project)

– Town beach sand replenishment (Robe District Council, $ 16,000 for a $ 32,000 project)

– Conceptual plan and consultation of the Hallett Cove swimming pool (Council of the town of Marion, $ 35,000 for a project of $ 70,000)

– Access staircase to Baudin beach (Kangourou Island Council, $ 110,000 towards a $ 195,000 project)

– Fence at Thompson Beach (Adelaide Plains Council, $ 75,000 for a $ 126,100 project)

654 new cases of Covid in Gujarat; Omicron’s tally exceeds 100 Fri, 31 Dec 2021 23:01:19 +0000 Gujarat reported 654 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, nearly half of them in the city of Ahmedabad, to 311. The state also reported 16 new cases of Omicron, bringing the total of the new variant to 113.

Meanwhile, the state’s Home Office has warned of prosecution of those violating Covid protocols of masking, social distancing and banning spitting in public spaces. The order, issued by the additional secretary of the Interior Ministry, Nikhil Bhatt, stipulated that wearing a face cover was compulsory in public places, at work and during transport. He also enforced social distancing with a minimum distance of six feet in public places. Stores will have to ensure physical distancing between customers, and spitting in public places will be subject to a fine in accordance with applicable regulations. Police commissioners and district magistrates have been tasked with issuing notifications under Article 144 of the CrPC to this effect. Violation of the protocols will result in charges under the Gujarat Epidemic Disease Regulation COVID19, 2020, IPC Section 188 and under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act.

The General Administration Department also issued a resolution notifying that only visitors who have been vaccinated with both doses of a Covid vaccine will be issued an admission pass to enter government offices on the premises. of the Secretariat and Vidhan Sabha. Similar restrictions will apply to all government and quasi-government offices, institutions receiving government grants, offices of government boards and corporations, and local self-governing bodies.

The mandate comes into effect on January 1, according to the resolution.

Data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on the weekly test positivity rate of districts across India shows four districts – Ahmedabad (2.72%), Vadodara (1.56%), Rajkot ( 1.28%) and Kheda (1.19%) – with test positivity rates between one and three percent for the week between December 24 and 30. It comes even as Gujarat’s Health Minister Rushikesh Patel during a press briefing on Thursday said the state’s test positivity rate between December 1 and December 30 is 0.79. %. – below the 1% threshold.

All four districts reported the highest test positivity rate in the state and are seeing an increase in the weekly test positivity rate. Meanwhile, Bharuch (75 percent), Junagadh (49 percent), and Banaskantha (68 percent) are the only three districts in the state where nearly 50 percent or more of the total tests performed are rapid tests. antigen.

Of the 16 new cases of Omicron detected, only seven have a history of international travel.

Meanwhile, the city of Vadodara reported its first case of Omicron on Friday in a 45-year-old woman from the Gokulnagar region. Although she has no history of international travel, she was in Ahmedabad between December 13 and 16 and tested positive for Covid on December 18. his case.

In Junagadh, a 54-year-old man who arrived from Nairobi and tested positive upon arrival in Ahmedabad was detected with the Omicron variant.

Georgia judge grants stay of federal contractor vaccine mandate injunction Thu, 30 Dec 2021 13:51:55 +0000
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First, it blocked administration federal contractor Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate with a preliminary injunction sought by state governments, including Georgia. Then the same Georgia federal judge stayed that decision, granting a stay requested by the federal government as it appeals the national injunction to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Now Judge Raymond Stanley Baker of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia is providing further clarification on his orders and which side is best to prevail on the basis of the law.

“Narrow legal question”

In an order, the federal judge clarified that the preliminary injunction he had granted on December 7 did not contest “the effectiveness of vaccines in stemming the spread of the virus and reducing the risk of serious illness and death”.

Judge R. Stan Baker, United States District Judge, Southern Georgia District, Savannah Ga. Courtesy Photo Judge Raymond Stan Baker, United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Georgia. Courtesy photo

“This case is not about whether individuals should be vaccinated or even whether the government, at some level, can require certain people to be vaccinated,” Baker’s order said. Rather, this case ultimately depends on the narrow legal question of whether the law at issue in this case, the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act, 40 USC § 101 et seq. (also known as the “Public Procurement Law”) authorizes the President to issue Executive Decree 14042. “

Two days after a December 21 telephone hearing, Baker granted the U.S. government suspension motion, pending his appeal of the federal contractor’s vaccine warrant injunction to the United States Court of Appeals for the eleventh circuit.

The stay means Baker will stay proceedings before him while the federal government appeals the nationwide temporary ban that blocks the application of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors.

But Baker noted in his order granting the stay that the plaintiffs’ claims of overbreadth of the law by the president would likely prevail.

The federal judge also pointed out in the order that the statutory power of the executive to issue additional vaccine warrants has been considered by other courts, each seeking “to render decisions on the matters before them on the basis not of the result desired by the courts but rather of the result the law requires.

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‘Immediate request and stay’

The suspension of the preliminary injunction proceedings of the federal contractor’s vaccine mandate is the latest of recent developments in the vaccine mandate.

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr presents the Attorney General's Cup to winner Joe Habachy, of Habachy Law, at the 2019 Georgia Legal Food Frenzy Awards Banquet. Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr

On December 17, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s vaccine or testing mandate for companies with more than 100 employees, prompting the attorney general to Georgia, Chris Carr, to seek the intervention of a high court.

“BREAKING: Earlier this morning, we filed an application with the United States Supreme Court to request an immediate suspension of OSHA’s mandate while the courts review our case to bring it to a complete stop,” Carr tweeted December 18. “This follows yesterday’s decision by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to lift the national suspension of the immunization mandate for employers with more than 100 employees. We will always fight to protect the rights of our citizens and will continue to defend our state against these lawless mandates. “

Carr took to Twitter again on December 22 to share the Federal High Court’s upcoming arguments regarding OSHA’s vaccine or testing mandate.

“BREAKING: On January 7, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in two of our challenges to Biden’s vaccine warrants: for healthcare workers and companies with 100 or more employees,” Carr tweeted.

the Tweeter came a day before Baker’s Dec.23 decision granting the federal government the stay of the preliminary injunction of the federal vaccine mandate pending appeal. Carr had not released a statement or commented publicly on the development as of Tuesday.

Before Applying for Flood Mitigation Assistance Fund Tue, 28 Dec 2021 17:37:18 +0000


Cost sharing or non-federal twinning

Flood Mitigation Assistance Funds can be used for projects that reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program, including:

  • Scope of the project
  • Technical assistance
  • Community flood mitigation projects
  • Individual flood mitigation projects
  • Management fees

The types of existing projects are detailed in the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance.

Projects must:

  • Be profitable
  • Located in a participating NFIP community (in good standing)
  • Align with FEMA Approved Risk Mitigation Plan
  • Meet all environmental and historical preservation requirements (EHP)

Examples of types of projects eligible for funding are presented in the Mitigation Action Portfolio (MAP) and serve as case studies of innovative mitigation at various project scales.


Candidates and sub-candidates

Types of sub-applications

States, Tribes, and Territories may submit applications on behalf of sub-applicants for Flood Mitigation Assistance Funding in FEMA Grant Results (GO), the new grant management system to support FEMA grant programs.

Applicants may have their own priorities and / or requirements when screening their sub-applicants. Sub-applicants cannot submit directly to FEMA. Sub-Applicants should submit their Sub-Applicants to their Applicant for review and submission.

Owners, business operators, and non-profit organizations cannot apply directly to FEMA, but may be included in a sub-application submitted by an eligible sub-applicant. For more information, please contact your local government or state to apply for flood mitigation assistance funding.

Candidates and sub-candidates

Candidates Often determine mitigation priorities, which are generally aligned with program visions and objectives. Contacting the State Risk Mitigation Officer (SHMO) or equivalent representative of a federally recognized government or tribal territory can be helpful in selecting the hazards that pose the greatest threat and determining the best mitigation strategy. From these broad mitigation strategies, sub-candidates weigh the public interest while targeting specific mitigation projects beneficial to their communities.

Entities interested in establishing flood mitigation assistance sub-applications may contact city / town / county directors, planning and / or emergency management offices within local governments, including cities, townships, counties, special district governments and recognized tribal governments the federal government. For local governments, please contact your state risk mitigation officer to learn more about the applicant’s priorities, timelines, and additional requirements.

Candidate eligibility conditions

  • Applicants can include states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and Indian tribal governments (federally recognized).
  • Each federally recognized state, district of Columbia, territory and tribal government will designate an agency to serve as the funding applicant. Each applicant’s nominated agency can only submit one FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant application. An application can consist of an unlimited number of sub-applications.
  • Applicants must have a FEMA approved tribal or state risk mitigation plan by the application deadline and at the time of commitment of grant funds.

Sub-candidate eligibility conditions

  • Local governments, including cities, townships, counties, special district governments, state agencies, and federally recognized tribal governments (who choose to apply as sub-applicants) are considered applicants. sub-nominees and must submit sub-nominees to their state / territory / tribal application agency.
  • All sub-applicants must participate in the National Flood Insurance Program and not be removed, on probation, or suspended. Structures identified in the sub-request must have a National Flood Insurance Program policy in effect on the request start date and must maintain it until the completion of the mitigation activity and for the duration of the request. the service life of the structure.
  • Verification of a community’s eligibility for the National Flood Insurance Program is available online in the Community Status Book.
  • Sub-applicants must have a local or tribal risk mitigation plan approved by FEMA by the application deadline and at the time of the grant funds obligation for mitigation projects (except for the mitigation planning).
  • A tribal government may choose to apply as a sub-candidate to an eligible state or territory. A note, federally recognized tribal governments have the option of applying as an applicant or sub-applicant.

Types of sub-applications

Community flood mitigation projects are local level drainage / flood control projects to improve drainage and reduce flood risk for communities and can include many activities such as drainage pipes, water stations. pumping, topographic leveling, dikes, swamp restoration and other nature-based solutions.

Project Scope: Project scoping activities are designed to develop mitigation strategies and obtain data to prioritize, select and develop complete applications in a timely manner, resulting in either improved capacity to identify appropriate mitigation projects, either by developing an application. mitigation project ready for FMA or other.

Flood Mitigation Planning Activities: Planning sub-applications for the state, local community, tribal and territory flood risk component, risk mitigation plans and updates to plans are limited to $ 100,000 per applicant for flood risk mitigation planning with a maximum of $ 50,000 for state flood risk mitigation planning and $ 25,000 for state flood risk mitigation planning. local flood risk mitigation planning.

Technical Assistance: FEMA will select eligible TA sub-applications up to $ 50,000 in federal cost-sharing for recipients to whom FEMA has committed a federal share of at least $ 1 million during the FMA cycle previous.

Individual Flood Mitigation Projects: Individual Flood Mitigation Projects are those that mitigate the risk of flooding of individual structures insured by the NFIP and prioritize properties meeting the SRL and RL definitions. These types of projects include acquisition, acquisition relocation, relocation, elevation, mitigation reconstruction and dry waterproofing of historic or commercial structures.

Cost sharing or non-federal twinning

Information on cost sharing specific to flood mitigation assistance

Information on Federal Cost Sharing for Serious Repetitive Losses

Information on Federal Cost Sharing for Recurrent Losses

Cost sharing is required for all sub-applications funded by the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program. Typically, the cost share for this program is 75% federal / 25% non-federal. Cash contributions, third party in-kind services, materials, or any combination thereof may be accepted as part of the non-federal cost share. Learn more about cost sharing.

Information on cost sharing specific to flood mitigation assistance

FEMA may consider sharing non-federal costs based on the availability of remaining federal funds, as outlined in the Funding Opportunity Notice, Section E, Application Consideration Information. Community flood mitigation projects are eligible for only 75% of federal costs.

FEMA may contribute a higher share of federal costs for individual property mitigation projects for repetitive loss (RL) and severe repetitive loss (SRL) properties.

These projects include acquisition, acquisition relocation, relocation, elevation, mitigation reconstruction and dry waterproofing of historic or commercial structures.

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Title 42 of the United States Code defines recurrent loss and helps mitigate severe recurrent loss. Refer to Chapter 50 – National Flood Insurance for more specific information.

Information on Federal Cost Sharing for Serious Repetitive Losses

  • FEMA can contribute 100% of the federal cost share. The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 updated the definition of a severe recurrent loss property. This includes:

(a) A current policy of the National Flood Insurance Program [HR1] is in effect for building and contents coverage and the property has suffered flood damage with the following criteria

  1. At least four separate claim payments (including building and contents) have been made under flood insurance coverage with the amount of each of these claims exceeding $ 5,000 and the cumulative amount of those payments claim exceeding $ 20,000.
  2. At least two separate claim payments (includes building coverage only) with the cumulative amount of those claims exceeding the market value of the insured structure.

Information on Federal Cost Sharing for Recurrent Losses

FEMA can contribute up to 90% of the federal share of costs. A repeat loss property is defined by a flood insurance policy issued for the National Flood Insurance Program. The definition includes the following two elements

suffered flood damage on two occasions, during which the cost of repair, on average, equaled or exceeded 25% of the market value of the structure at the time of each flood.

  • At the time of the second incidence of flood damage, the flood insurance contract contains increased cost of compliance (ICC) coverage.
Private schools say exclusion from state grants ‘discriminatory’ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0000

Private schools have claimed that the state’s policy of providing them with lower levels of funding than “free” secondary schools is discriminatory and may violate parental rights.

The government has funded private schools to the tune of just over 111 million euros this year in the form of salaries for teachers, specialist assistants and other supports.

However, compared to the free sector, fee-based schools receive fewer state-funded teachers, reduced guidance and counseling allowances, and do not automatically receive Covid-19 supports.

Teachers are assigned at the rate of one for 19 pupils in “free” secondary schools against one for 23 pupils in the paying sector. The policy was first introduced as a cost reduction measure in 2009 and has been extended to other areas.

The Joint Managerial Body (JMB), which represents volunteer high schools, has asked Education Minister Norma Foley to commission an independent review of state resources for the private sector.

In a recent submission to the ministry, the JMB said the constitution enshrines the right of parents to choose school for their children, especially those from a religious minority.

“The right of religious groups to promote faith-based education is also protected by our legislation,” he said.

“The overwhelming majority of fee-based schools are denominational in nature and those of the minority religion provide for constitutional rights of families that would otherwise be denied given the geographic challenges mitigated by boarding schools. “

The JMB said the policy of “differentiating” between fee-based and free schools across a wide range of funding sources had a significant impact on these “non-profit educational businesses.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Education, however, said what sets fee-based schools apart from others is their ability to raise funds through mandatory fees, while receiving funds from the treasury.

“The funding for fee-paying schools recognizes that if parents of children in the fee-paying sector choose to send their children to the non-fee-paying sector, the state should fund these school places,” the spokesperson said. .

Of the 111 million euros in funding for private schools this year, around 4 million euros include support from Covid such as additional staff, improved cleaning, hand sanitizer and increased supervision.

Increase in fees

A survey by the Irish Times, meanwhile, shows that most fee-paying schools have increased their fees this year.

St Columba’s in Dublin remains the most expensive day school in the country, at € 9,174 this year. It is followed by Sutton Park, Dublin 13 (€ 7,995); Cistercian College of Roscrea (€ 7,850); Alexandra College, Dublin 6 (€ 7,685), St Gerard’s, Bray, Co Wicklow (€ 7,590) and The King’s Hospital, Co Dublin (€ 7,550).

Among boarding schools, St Columba is also the most expensive (up to € 24,670); followed by Clongowes Wood College, Co Kildare (€ 20,800); Rathdown School, Glenageary (€ 20,600); and Blackrock College (€ 19,900).

The latest enrollment and admission statistics show that most private schools – especially those in the Dublin area – are heavily oversubscribed and have long waiting lists for places.

As numbers plummeted during the recession as some private schools opted for the free education program, enrollment in the paid sector returned to levels last seen during the economic boom.

Pier 39 Sports Bar a textbook example of how the government screwed up COVID relief for restaurants Fri, 24 Dec 2021 21:44:22 +0000

The federal government offered $ 28.6 billion in subsidies to struggling restaurants this summer. Then they ripped the carpets out of restaurants that had already received the money and instead gave it to chains like Panera.

Today’s New York Times business section has a profile and a vivid photo of Fisherman’s Wharf Players Sports Grill and Arcade bar, which is normally a reason for a business to celebrate. But this is no reason for this company to celebrate. The reason the players got a long article in The New York Times is because they were among the thousands of restaurants nationwide that were completely screwed up by the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, a Biden government grant fund of $ 28.6 billion which took away grants from people who had already received money. , and rewarded last-minute contestants and huge chains versus independent operators who spent weeks arguing.

“Government aid shouldn’t be a lottery,” Players owner James Hutton told The Times. The Times recounts how Restaurant Hutton submitted a meticulously prepared application the minute the grant portal opened, but it was denied. Meanwhile, some lazy people who applied on the very last day got $ 1.8 million from the fund.

It’s not even the worst sci-fi restaurant horror story with the fund. Some restaurant owners were told the government was giving them a million dollars or more, only to get slapped six weeks later with an email from the government’s Small Business Association (SBA) completely rescinding their promise.

Screenshot: SBA Email

SFist obtained this rejection email from the SBA, seen above. “We regret to inform you that due to recent court decisions the SBA will not be able to disburse your Restaurant Revitalization Fund award,” the email read. “These lawsuits have led to three court decisions preventing us from paying you the award funds.”

The phrase “These lawsuits” refers to legal motions from a group of conservative trolls co-founded by Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows (who has problems these days), who managed to overthrow the Fund’s priority. restaurant revitalization on Women, POCs and Veterans. owned restaurants.

Broke-Ass Stuart reported in June that Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack had its grant canceled. Eater recounted how the veteran-owned Buena Vista Cafe was also made redundant thanks to a grant already awarded, while Eater SF reported that the group of women-owned restaurants behind Marlowe, Petit Marlowe and Leo’s Oyster Bar was denied nearly $ 10 million. the SBA had already promised them.

And most infuriatingly, the Chronicle reported in July that cheese chains Panera and Peet’s Coffee got $ 10 million each, which was not canceled.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed Congress would add more money to the program, but summer recess did come and it never happened. The executive director of the Independent Restaurant Coalition told The Times: “Congress has gone home and the restaurants and bars in their neighborhood are going bankrupt.

And now, with another wave of COVID looming, these restaurants are still on their own and hanging by a thread.

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Some Ottawa businesses hail, others criticize new government support Thu, 23 Dec 2021 09:00:00 +0000

Many small businesses welcome the new federal and provincial support programs announced Wednesday, but others say the programs are not inclusive enough, provide adequate support, or are unfairly enforced.

CBC Ottawa spoke to a number of local businesses affected by the 50% capacity restrictions that took effect on Sunday. A ranger of businesses, including restaurants, gyms and shopping malls, was hit.

“Obviously it’s not the ideal situation in general, but of course it will help our business,” said Claudia Hernández, whose family owns the traditional Mexican restaurant Casa Mexico in Ottawa. “It’s a give and take situation right now.”

The federal government announced at a press conference on Wednesday that it was expanding access to financial aid in the event of a pandemic, which will apply retroactively from December 19 to February 12, 2022.

The government has revised what it considers a “lockdown” to include areas where domestic capacity has been restricted by 50% or more.

Claudia Hernández, pictured alongside her parents Marco Hernández and Silvia Gomez, explains that December is an important time of year for restaurant Casa Mexico. (Submitted by Claudia Hernandez)

In these areas, employees who have lost more than half of their income will be eligible for the Canadian Worker Lockdown Benefit of $ 300 per week, and employers who have experienced a drop in income of at least 25% can apply. wage subsidies at Local Lockdown. Program.

The Ontario government also announced business supports on Wednesday, covering up to 50% of property taxes and energy costs for qualifying businesses.

Difficult time of the year

Hernández said the restrictions – and now the financial support – came at a crucial time of year for his restaurant.

“The holidays are really important,” she said. “We expected that, throughout the pandemic, December would be a good month. With the new restrictions, we have to adjust everything.”

Michael Wood, an Ottawa-based business advocate, said the restaurants he spoke to face a 10-to-one cancellation rate for new reservations.

“Many restaurant owners will tell you that the third week in December is one of the busiest and most profitable weeks of the year,” said Wood.

He added that the next three months of the year are “tough” times for retail and hospitality, meaning capacity restrictions hit retail and hospitality businesses for a period of time. lucrative.

“These capacity restrictions are coming right now, making it very, very difficult for small businesses,” he said.

Changes to program eligibility, loans requested

Ontario NDP finance critic Katherine Fife called for a moratorium on evictions as well as direct subsidies for small businesses in a press release on Wednesday.

Wood said he would like the supports to cover businesses launched during the pandemic, which are currently not eligible for government programs.

He added that some companies he spoke to hoped the federal government would extend the repayment timeline for the Canada Business Emergency Account loan program or turn it into a grant that does not require repayment.

Not all business owners agreed.

Everett Sloan, owner of Crossfit Bytown, said the only government support he took during the pandemic was the federal rent subsidy during the initial lockdowns.

He said he does not support the government turning loans into grants because it would be unfair for companies like his that choose not to take the money in the first place.

“It will be very different for each business,” Sloan said. “If you borrow money – out of honor, you have to pay it back.”

Wood said every “little” piece of support helps businesses struggling to make these payments.

“We are always grateful,” he said. “However, it may take more for some small businesses to survive.”