Public Assistance Grant Program

Public Assistance Applicant Briefing for FEMA DR-4173
General Applicant Briefing Information
Public Assistance Program (Infrastructure) Toolbox
Damage Assessment Toolbox
Debris Management Toolbox
Snow Emergency Toolbox
Program Training Briefings

This site has been developed to provide explanations of the actions to be taken by local government and private-non-profit organizations to potentially access emergency or disaster assistance, when needed. It is important that these procedures be followed to obtain federal assistance in a timely and effective manner. To receive Public Assistance Grant local and state governments must be significantly impacted and meet FEMA’s criteria and thresholds.

The mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program is to provide assistance to State, Tribal and local governments, and certain types of Private Nonprofit organizations so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President.

Through the PA Program, FEMA provides supplemental Federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain Private Non-Profit (PNP) organizations. The PA Program also encourages protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process.

The Federal share of assistance is not less than 75% of the eligible cost for emergency measures and permanent restoration. The Grantee (usually the State) determines how the non-Federal share (up to 25%) is split with the Sub-grantee (eligible applicants).

The Public Assistance Program Toolbox has been created to identify the sequence of events following a disaster, critical actions that will occur, address the damage assessment process, debris management planning, eligibility issues, and requesting reimbursements for completing project worksheets.

This website has been purposely designed to be copied, distributed, and shared. The Toolbox has not been designed to replace or be used as a substitution for training provided by IDHS Recovery PA, Damage Assessment and Debris Management courses.

If you are a home owner, renter, or private business owner, looking for assistance, please proceed to the Individual Assistance Program for guidance.

What's New in Public Assistance

The following links support the implementation of FEMA's Public Assistance Alternative Procedures Pilot Program for Debris Removal. The Standard Operating Procedures for this program applies to debris removal subgrants in all major disasters and emergencies declared on or after June 28, 2013. The pilot program will remain in place for one year, at which point FEMA will assess the program's effectiveness.

Applicant Briefing 

Public Assistance Applicant Briefing Explanation

2014 Applicant Briefing Handbook

Public Assistance Program (Infrastructure) Toolbox

General Program Information 

2014 Public Assistance Checklist

Applicant Responsibilities

FEMA Policy and Guidance

Project Management

Public Assistance Program Forms

Environmental Issues


Damage Assessment Toolbox

Damage Assessment Process

Infrastructure Damage Assessment Tool (iGMS)

Debris Management Toolbox

FEMA Debris Management Guide

FEMA PA Debris Management

Disposal Site Certification

Debris Estimation Field Guide

Snow Emergency Toolbox

Snow Assistance Policy (11/2/09)

Public Assistance Program Training

Damage Assessment for Public Assistance

iGMS Infrastructure Reporting Tool (How to report infrastructure damage costs into iGMS)

Debris Management Planning

Debris Estimating Techniques

List of scheduled courses

To request a course to be scheduled in your area, please contact Carmen Goodman at

Public Assistance Frequently Asked Questions