Deadline Approaching for Local Governments, Nonprofits to Request Aid for Disaster Losses
MARION, Ill -- State and local government organizations and certain private nonprofit (PNP) organizations in 21 southern Illinois counties have until July 15 to apply for Public Assistance Program (PA) grant funding.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s PA Program helps communities with disaster-related costs in the wake of the severe storms occurring on April 19 and April 22 and May 2, and flooding from those severe storms from April 19 through June 14. The counties declared eligible for PA Program grant funding are Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White and Williamson.
Eligible government organizations and certain PNP organizations must submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) to the State of Illinois, according to officials from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and FEMA. The deadline to submit the one-page RPA is Friday, July 15.
Organizations should contact IEMA at 217-782-8719 to submit an RPA. Additional information on the PA Program is available at www.iema.illinois.gov/iema/disaster/pa.htm. To date, more than 192 RPAs have been submitted, but IEMA and FEMA officials believe there may be other eligible organizations that have yet to apply.
The main goal of FEMA's PA program is to restore eligible public facilities to their pre-disaster levels. Under the cost-share PA Program, FEMA funds 75 percent of the approved cost for eligible work, such as debris removal, emergency services related to the disaster, and repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, bridges, buildings, utilities and recreation areas. The state manages the grants for all projects. The PA Program does not provide assistance to individuals, households or businesses.
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