Brief Overview of FEMA's Public Assistance Program [Updated March 28, 2022]   [open pdf - 873KB]

From the Document: "The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) program provides financial assistance to states, tribes, and territories when authorized as part of a presidential declaration under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (the Stafford Act, P.L. 93-288, as amended). PA's broad scope includes assistance for urgent response undertaken immediately before or after a hazard strikes, as well as long-term recovery assistance completed years later. PA was authorized in every U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia over the past decade. After PA is authorized, a state, tribe, or territory becomes the PA primary grant Recipient. State, tribal, territorial, and local governments (SLTTs), as well as eligible nonprofit entities, may then apply for funding as 'Applicants.' Applicants must submit a request for grant funds to the PA primary grant Recipient, which evaluates eligibility for PA with FEMA. The Stafford Act authorizes FEMA to reimburse not less than 75% of the eligible costs of specific types of disaster response and recovery work undertaken by eligible Applicants. FEMA may recommend that the President increase the federal cost share, where warranted."

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CRS In Focus, IF11529
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