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BOSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending more than $3.4 million to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to reimburse Stonehill College for the cost of testing students, faculty and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $3,410,558 Public Assistance grant will reimburse the private Catholic college in Easton for the cost of providing 129,008 coronavirus tests between July 2020 and June 2021. The college also purchased handheld sprayers, disinfectant, temporary physical barriers, forehead thermometers, and personal protective equipment (PPE) such as disposable masks and face shields.

“FEMA is pleased to be able to assist Stonehill College with these costs,” said FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich. “Providing resources for our partners on the front lines of the pandemic fight is critical to their success, and our success as a nation.”

FEMA’s Public Assistance program is an essential source of funding for states and communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.

So far, FEMA has provided more than $947 million in Public Assistance grants to Massachusetts to reimburse the commonwealth for pandemic-related expenses.

Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program is available at To learn more about the COVID-19 response in Massachusetts, please visit

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