FEMA has established time limits for requesting assistance and for completing work using Public Assistance Program grants. When requesting assistance, an applicant must submit a request for Public Assistance within 30 days of the date that the area was designated a disaster area.
Project information must be submitted to FEMA within 60 days of the kickoff meeting.
FEMA will take action on granting funds for a specific project within 45 days of receiving all of the information for that project.
A subgrantee may appeal FEMA's decision to the grantee within 60 days of being notified of that decision.
The time frames for completing eligible work are also measured from the date of declaration of the disaster and vary depending on the type of work.
Debris clearance within 6 months
Emergency work within 6 months
Permanent work within 18 months
All time frames are set by regulation; however, if extenuating circumstances or unusual project conditions exist, a time extension may be requested through the grantee. The grantee has the authority to extend the time frames for completion of debris removal and emergency work by 6 months and permanent work by 30 months. For all other extensions, the grantee must request the extension from FEMA.