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Manage Disaster Recovery Grants and Finances

While grants provide important opportunities to fill gaps left by budget shortfalls, the process of securing grants is long and difficult, and management of these funds can be complicated. Because of this, many municipalities miss out on grant opportunities due to lack of staffing or expertise, or unintentional mismanagement of grant funding.

These resources are intended to help communities understand how grants can be managed and used effectively. If you are looking for information about available grants, please see the Recovery Programs and Resources page.

Key Resources - Manage Grants and Finances

Procurement Rules for Disaster Funds

How to Avoid the Top 10 Procurement Under Grant Mistakes
A short list of the common mistakes made by recipients and subrecipients of FEMA funds when conducting procurement that can lead to audits or loss of funding.

Procurement Under Grants Training
FEMA Procurement Disaster Assistance Team (PDAT) resources to help understand mandatory procurement requirements for FEMA PA applicants or recipients using federal funding (FEMA).

Grants Development and Management

Grants Management Capacity Local Solutions Guide
A broad guide covering the entire grants development lifecycle and suggestions for building local capability to formulate projects, seek funding and manage grants (FEMA).

Disaster Financial Management Guide
Guide for the specific elements of disaster financial management and the range of resources available to support disaster recovery from FEMA and interagency partners (FEMA).

Post-Disaster Recovery Briefing Paper: Financial Recovery
Outlines important aspects of financial recovery in post-disaster planning, including the role of city management, and the need to address the range of city, state and federal funding (American Planning Association).

Local Government and Financial Management

Disaster Recovery Cost Documentation
Guidance for capturing and documenting expenditures and disaster costs for reimbursement (Government Finance Officers Association).

Financial Planning for Disasters: A Workbook for Local Governments and Regions
Understand financial vulnerabilities and evaluate financial capacity to cover the costs of potential disasters (National Association of Development Organizations).