OpenFEMA Dataset: Public Assistance Grant Award Activities - v1

Version: 1
Last Data Refresh: 05-25-2024
Entity Name PublicAssistanceGrantAwardActivities
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Update Frequency R/P1D
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Category Public Assistance
Keywords public assistance


This dataset contains data on Public Assistance project awards (obligations), including the project obligation date(s); dollar amount of Federal Share Obligated for each project and its obligation date(s); FEMA Region; State; Disaster Declaration Number; descriptive cause of the declaration (Incident Type); Entity requesting public assistance (Applicant Name); and distinct name for the repair, replacement or mitigation work listed for assistance (Project Title).

As part of disaster declarations, the President can make federal funding (Public Assistance) available through FEMA to eligible state, local and tribal governments and certain private nonprofit organizations. This is done on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair, replacement, or mitigation work for facilities damaged by the disaster event.

As part of Congressional bill HR 152 - the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013, FEMA is providing the following information for our stakeholders: Region, Disaster Declaration Number, Disaster Type, State, Applicant, County, Damage Category Code, Federal Share Obligated, and Date Obligated.

Note: FEMA obligates funding for a project directly to the Recipient (State or Tribe). It is the Recipient's responsibility to ensure that the eligible subrecipient (listed in the dataset as Applicant Name) receives the award funding.

This dataset lists details about project versions (occurring when the scope/cost changes for a project). Versions adjust the cost of the project with positive additions called obligations and subtractions called deobligations. Combined, they reconcile to reflect the Total Federal Share Obligation, but reconciliation occurs over the life of the project - sometimes years after the declaration date. The dataset represents project obligations within a seven-day period prior to the listed date but does not include obligations uploaded on the same day as the publication. Open projects still under pre-obligation processing are not represented. For more information on the Public Assistance process see:

This is raw, unedited data from FEMA's Emergency Management Mission Integrated Environment (EMMIE) system and as such is subject to a small percentage of human error. The financial information is derived from EMMIE and not FEMA's official financial systems. Due to differences in reporting periods, status of obligations and how business rules are applied, this financial information may differ slightly from official publication on public websites such as This dataset is not intended to be used for any official federal financial reporting.

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Full Data

Format Address Record Count Approximate File Size
csv Link to csv 629 tiny (< 10MB)
json Link to json 629 tiny (< 10MB)
jsona Link to jsona 629 tiny (< 10MB)
jsonl Link to jsonl 629 tiny (< 10MB)

Data Fields

Name Title Type Description Is Searchable
region Region
Number (1-10) used to represent the Region yes
disasterNumber Disaster Number
Sequentially assigned number used to designate an event or incident declared as a disaster. For more information on the disaster process, h yes
sandyDisaster Sandy Disaster
Yes/No indicator that identifies if the disaster areas were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Yes is indicated with either a 'true' or '1'. No is indicated with either a 'false' or '0' yes
disasterType Disaster Type
Two character code that defines if this is a major disaster (DR), fire management (FM) or emergency declaration (EM). For more information on the disaster process, please visit: yes
incidentType Incident Type
The incident type is a description of the cause of the damage or reason for the declaration such as fire, flood yes
declarationDate Declaration Date
Date the disaster was declared for Public Assistance yes
stateAbbreviation State Abbreviation
Two letter abbreviation of the state (e.g., VA) yes
state State
The name or phrase describing the U.S. state, district, or territory yes
county County
The name of a U.S. county, parish, borough, independent city or other political subdivision of a U.S. state, local, tribal or territorial government yes
applicantName Applicant Name
Name of the entity requesting Public Assistance Grant funding. (Eligible Public Assistance applicants are subgrantees) yes
pnpStatus PNP Status
Indicates whether the applicant is a Private Non-Profit (NPN) applicant. Yes is indicated with either a 'true' or '1'. No is indicated with either a 'false' or '0' no
damageCategoryCode Damage Category Code
The category code of the damaged location. Emergency work damage category codes: Category A: Debris Removal - Clearance of trees and woody debris; certain building wreckage; damaged/destroyed building contents; sand, mud, silt, and gravel; vehicles; and other disaster-related material deposited on public and, in very limited cases, private property .Category B: Emergency Protective Measures - Measures taken before, during, and after a disaster to eliminate/reduce an immediate threat to life, public health, or safety - or to eliminate/reduce an immediate threat of significant damage to improved public and private property through cost-effective measures. Permanent work damage category Codes: Category C - Roads and Bridges Repair of roads, bridges, and associated features, such as shoulders, ditches, culverts, lighting, and signs. Category D - Water Control Facilities Repair - Repair of drainage channels, pumping facilities, and some irrigation facilities. Repair of levees, dams, and flood control channels Category E - Buildings and Equipment Repair - Replacement of buildings, including their contents and systems; heavy equipment; and vehicles. Category F - Utilities Repair - Repair of water treatment and delivery systems; power generation facilities and distribution facilities; sewage collection and treatment facilities; and communications. Category G - Parks, Recreational Facilities, and Other Facilities Repair - Repair and restoration of parks, playgrounds, pools, cemeteries, mass transit facilities, and beaches. This category also is used for any work or facility that cannot be characterized adequately by Categories A-F yes
federalShareObligated Federal Share Obligated
The Public Assistance Grant award amount obligated during this seven-day reporting period for the subgrantees approved Project Worksheet (PW). Due to the seven-day reporting period for this report, the Federal Share Obligated amount may represent only a portion of the Total Federal Share Obligated amount for the PW. This amount does not reflect previous or subsequent obligations. The Federal Share Obligated may contain De-Obligations which are negative adjustments to the Total Federal Share Obligated. yes
dateObligated Date Obligated
Date the grant was obligated yes
pwNumber Project Worksheet (PW) Number
Number given to the project to uniquely identify it yes
projectTitle Project Title
Brief description of the project used as a naming convention of the project yes
versionNumber Version Number
Natural ordinal number signifying the version of the project. Starting with 0 and iIncreases in increments of 1 as a new version of the project is created yes
id ID
Unique ID assigned to the record that does not persist between data set refreshes yes

See Also

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