(WGGB/WSHM/AP) -- President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for the Commonweath of Massachusetts and ordered federal assistance to help with recovery in areas impacted by COVID-19.

The declaration approved on Friday makes federal funding available for crisis counseling for people and for commonwealth, tribal, and eligible local governments and some private nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures, the White House said.

The Baker-Polito Administration explained that under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program, affected local governments, state agencies, and certain private non-profit organizations will be reimbursed for 75 percent of their costs associated with response efforts and emergency protective measures.

The state added that through the declaration, Crisis Counseling Assistance will provide funding to the Mass. Dept. of Mental Health to help individuals and families with recovery from the psychological effects of the outbreak through electronic phone and chat technology.

MEMA will soon be hosting webinars for community officials and eligible non-profits about the application process. For more information, CLICK HERE.

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