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Assistance for Governments and Private Non-Profits After a Disaster

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The COVID-19 incident period ended on May 11, 2023. FEMA will continue to provide funeral assistance until Sept. 30, 2025, to those who have lost loved ones due to this pandemic.

FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides supplemental grants to state, tribal, territorial, and local governments, and certain types of private non-profits so communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.

After an event like a hurricane, tornado, earthquake or wildfire, communities need help to cover their costs for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures, and restoring public infrastructure.

FEMA also encourages protecting these damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process.


Applicants, recipients and subrecipents login:

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Request for Comment

FEMA is looking for feedback on proposed changes to simplify and streamline the Public Assistance policy guide.

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Eligibility for Public Assistance Grant Funding

The four basic components of eligibility are applicant, facility, work and cost.

A federal building.

An applicant must be a state, territory, tribe, local government or private nonprofit organization.

A school building.

facility must be a building, public works system, equipment or natural feature.

A building construction crane.

Work is categorized as either "emergency" or "permanent." It must be required as a result of the declared incident, located within the designated disaster area, and is the legal responsibility of the applicant.

Paper dollar bills.

Cost is the funding tied directly to eligible work, and must be adequately documented, authorized, necessary and reasonable. Eligible costs include labor, equipment, materials, contract work, as well as direct and indirect administrative costs.

Get Started

Overview of the process from when the disaster is declared to closeout of the grant.

Overview of the appeals and audit process, including the searchable database of FEMA responses to applicant appeals for assistance.

The Community Disaster Loan Program provides funding for local governments to operate their essential community services after substantial revenue loss caused by a disaster.

Official guidance, policies, news advisories and related publications that govern the program.

Public Assistance hazard mitigation provides funding to protect damaged public infrastructure from future events and helps communities build back better.

Video tutorials and tips to guide the process of applying for a Public Assistance grant.

Find information on how FEMA is improving Public Assistance.

A forest on fire.

Funding for the mitigation, management and control of fires on publicly or privately owned forests or grasslands.

Tools and Resources

Featured Downloads

FEMA Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide.

Public Assistance Program & Policy Guide (PAPPG)

Version 4 of FEMA's PAPPG is applicable to emergencies and major disasters declared on or after June 1, 2020.

A generic webpage document.

Public Assistance Simplified Procedures Policy

This policy streamlines application procedure for Small Project funding under the PA program to simplify implementation of the PA program and support rapid recovery for Applicants.

Explore resources to help with the application and appeals process, including:

  • Cooperative Purchasing Programs
  • Cost Estimating Tools
  • Forms
  • Per Capita Impact Indicator
  • Procurement and Contracting
  • Schedule of Equipment Rates
  • Statistics
  • Training
  • VAYGo
  • Worksheets

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