Help for Communities

Program Overview

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.

  Submitted Projects Federal Shares Obligated
All Projects 1,760 $164,675,769
County
Anson 7 $458,212
Beaufort 29 $757,423
Bertie 24 $870,314
Bladen 36 $1,225,407
Brunswick 75 $15,630,388
Camden 4 $65,681
Carteret 21 $437,876
Chatham 11 $154,244
Chowan 10 $368,714
Columbus 70 $2,156,735
Craven 22 $682,972
Cumberland 130 $17,755,078
Currituck 7 $169,799
Dare 49 $3,115,431
Duplin 53 $1,696,144
Edgecombe 104 $6,619,322
Franklin 5 $49,061
Gates 5 $134,978
Greene 13 $693,791
Halifax 15 $217,989
Harnett 30 $2,235,167
Hertford 11 $285,782
Hoke 15 $801,071
Hyde 12 $393,322
Johnston 48 $2,998,867
Jones 4 $80,096
Lee 13 $1,390,297
Lenoir 55 $4,767,807
Martin 15 $218,061
Montgomery 1 $181,759
Moore 16 $704,286
Nash 31 $722,540
New Hanover 27 $3,484,574
Northampton 6 $49,888
Onslow 18 $1,761,344
Pamlico 4 $70,871
Pasquotank 12 $522,199
Pender 17 $2,618,342
Perquimans 5 $114,846
Pitt 64 $2,076,302
Richmond 10 $125,896
Robeson 135 $18,535,347
Sampson 52 $1,613,849
Scotland 16 $1,280,084
Tyrrell 13 $138,894
Wake 73 $3,357,017
Warren 0 $0
Washington 13 $148,246
Wayne 88 $6,531,379
Wilson 31 $2,578,786
*statewide 235 $51,629,291
Last Updated: October 05, 2017 . This data is updated weekly.
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