Public Assistance Program Overview

The Public Assistance Grant Program (PA), comprised of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants, provides help to state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations to restore infrastructures damaged during disaster events receiving a presidential declaration.  FEMA PA grants are authorized by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.  It is the intent of the Stafford Act that federal assistance should supplement local, state, and private relief organizations.  Specifically, the PA program provides assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and permanent repairs of infrastructure.  The Federal share of these expenses is typically 75% of eligible restoration costs with the state providing 12% and the applicant being responsible for 13% of the eligible costs.  Through the PA program, FEMA may also provide additional project funding for mitigation measures to eliminate, or lessen, the potential of damages during future disaster events. 

FEMA is responsible for managing the PA Program, approving grants and providing technical assistance to the State and applicants.  The Recovery Branch acts as the Grantee for the PA Program by educating potential applicants, managing applicant files, distributing funds to applicants, and facilitating disputes between applicants and FEMA.  Applicants are responsible for maintaining accurate supporting documentation, complying with federal and state program requirements, and completing projects according to designated scopes of work. 

Public Assistance Guidance
406 Hazard Mitigation ChecklistDownload
Debris Management GuideDownload
Debris Removal Guideline PosterDownload
Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) ChecklistDownload
DR 4540, February 3-29, 2020, Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and MudslidesDownload
DRRA Section 1206 Introductory Webinar Presentation SlidesDownload
DRRA Section 1206 PolicyDownload
DRRA Section 1206_101 FAQs FINALDownload
KYEM Form 508 Summary of Documentation in Support of AmountDownload
PA Digest 2008Download
PA Guide 2007Download
Picking up the Pieces - Putting your debris at the curb for pickupDownload
Preliminary Damage Assessment ChecklistDownload
Public Assistance Applicant HandbookDownload
Public Assistance Policy ManualDownload
Public Notice_FEMA-DR-4540-KY_08072020Download
Public Assistance Program Overview