Help for Communities
The FEMA Public Assistance Program provides grants to state, tribal and local governments, as well as certain types of private nonprofit organizations so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies. The FEMA Public Assistance Grant Program can only be applied to two types of disaster recovery work. The first is emergency work – this includes the debris removal and the preventative measures taken to secure the property and prevent further damage to the property and to public health. The second is permanent work – which covers the measures needed to restore, or replace, the property.
The federal share of assistance should be less than 75% of the eligible cost of emergency efforts and restoration. The remaining funds are generally allocated by the state and are distributed amongst eligible applicants. In order to receive a Public Assistance Grant, the applicant must register within sixty days of the disaster. The applicant must first be deemed eligible to apply for FEMA Public Assistance. Those eligible include: state government agencies, local governments, federally recognized Indian tribes, and private non-profit organizations.
The application process involves several steps including a preliminary damage assessment from which an immediate needs funding and expedited payments are derived. The applicant then completes a Request for Public Assistance form and meets with a public assistance coordinator to help identify specific needs and costs for a project. These projects are submitted for approval as "project worksheets".
The data below lists the a count of community assistance projects that have been submitted and a summary of the federal share of assistance that has been obligated. Learn more by reading the FEMA Frequently Asked Questions for Public Assistance.
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