Disaster Grants - Public Assistance (Presidentially Declared Disasters)


To assist State, Tribal and local governments and eligible private non-profits in responding to and recovering from the devastating effects of disasters by providing assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures and the repair, restoration, reconstruction or replacement of public facilities or infrastructure damaged or destroyed as the result of federally declared disaster or emergencies.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 13,679 Project Worksheets Total Obligated $5,858,591,041.76 $6,374,140,477.53 Total projects = 15,440
Fiscal Year 2017 $3,738,941,530.00 projects 21,643 estimated projects
Fiscal Year 2018 $6,000,000,000
Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Public Law 93-288, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5206
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State and local governments, other political subdivisions such as a special districts, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, Alaska Native villages or organizations, but not Alaska Native Corporations, and certain Private Non-Profit organizations in designated emergency or major disaster areas.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Eligible work must be required as a result of the disasters; be located in a designated emergency or major disaster area; and be the legal responsibility of the applicant.
Cost will be determined in accordance with FEMA Disaster Assistance Regulations, 44 CFR Part 206 and Part 13, and the FEMA Schedule of Equipment Rates. Grant awards will be determined in accordance with OMB Circulars No. A-102 and No. A-87 for States, local governments and Indian Tribes. Awards made to Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and other Non-Profit Organizations will be required to follow the requirements of OMB Circulars No. A-110 and No. A-21.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. The State Governor makes a request for a Presidential declaration of an emergency or a major disaster through the FEMA Regional Director. Requests for assistance must be made by the Governor in accordance with FEMA Disaster Assistance Regulations, 44 CFR 206.36, except as provided in Part 206.35(d) for emergency declarations involving primarily Federal responsibility.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. A Presidential Disaster or Emergency Declaration must be issued, which is then followed by a Request for Public Assistance through the Governor's Authorized Representative to the Regional Director of FEMA.
Award Procedure
Funds are allocated from the President's Disaster Relief Fund for use in a designated emergency or major disaster area. The FEMA Regional Director approves grants from this allocation on the basis of project applications for eligible applicants. States are responsible for distributing funds to applicants. As a condition of receiving assistance under the Stafford Act, applicants are encouraged to take mitigation measures to reduce future losses from natural hazards.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 1 day to 6 weeks. A Request for Assistance must be submitted by the applicant at the Applicants' Briefing or within 30 days of designation of an emergency declaration or major disaster declaration for the Public Assistance Program.
Any determination made under the Public Assistance Program may be appealed. All appeals must be made through the State and the appropriate FEMA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. The appeal deadlines are: 60 days from receipt of notification of the action being appealed.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Restricted to Presidential-declared disasters or emergencies, such as an earthquake, hurricane, tornado, or wildfire. Program activates only after issuance of a presidential declaration. Public Assistance is awarded in the form of cost-shared grants to States, local governments, other political subdivisions such as special districts, federally recognized Indian tribal governments and Alaska Native villages or organizations, and certain eligible Private Non-Profit organizations. A State is defined as any State of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of Northern Marianna Islands. Following a Presidential declaration, grants may be made for: removal of wreckage and debris from private and public lands; performance of emergency protective measures; emergency transportation assistance; emergency communications; and permanent restoration of eligible facilities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Refer to program guidance.
Not applicable.
Expenditure records and related documents must be retained for 3 years from the date the applicant's project application is closed.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act Chapter 42 Part 5121-5206 Public Law 93-288

Matching is voluntary. 25%. The Federal share of the grant is not less than 75 percent with the State and local governments responsible for the remainder.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The length of the assistance period varies depending on the type of work or service. Reimbursement for small projects under $128,900 is made based on the Federal estimate of costs. For projects over the $128,900, reimbursement of actual eligible costs is made as the costs are incurred. The $128,900 limit is adjusted annually to reflect the Consumer Price Index. When purchase of insurance is required, the applicant is obliged to maintain the policy for the economic and useful life of the repairs or of the insured property, whichever is the lesser. Also, applicants must comply with Floodplain Management, Hazard Mitigation, Environmental, and Historic Preservation considerations. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: payment based on project need. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: payment based on project need. Payment based on Project need.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of addresses for FEMA's Regional Offices.
Headquarters Office
Jonathan Hoyes
500 C Street, S.W.

Washington, DC 20472 US
Phone: (202) 646-4136 or 1-800-621-3363
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$9,824,200,085.00; FY 19 est $11,370,000,000.00; FY 20 est $13,170,000,000.00; FY 17$3,738,941,530.00; FY 16$5,858,591,041.00; Estimate Not Available -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Federal Disaster Assistance Regulations, 44 CFR Part 205 for disasters and emergencies declared prior to November 23, 1988; Federal Disaster Assistance Regulations, 44 CFR Part 206 for disasters declared on or after November 23,1988; "Public Assistance Guide," FEMA 322 (formerly FEMA 286); "Public Assistance Policy Digest," FEMA 321; "Public Assistance Applicant Handbook," FEMA 323. See Public Assistance web page at http://www.fema.gov/government/grant/pa/index.shtm.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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