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Looking for Individual Assistance?

Homeowners, renters or private business owners looking for assistance should visit the Individual Assistance page for guidance.
Public assistance is meant for governments and private non-profit organizations.


COVID-19 Public Assistance: Getting Started

The first step to applying for public assistance project reimbursements is to determine applicant eligibility. Go to FEMA's Grants Portal to create an account and submit a request for public assistance (RPA). The deadline for submitting an RPA has been extended to October 31. After being determined to be an eligible applicant, an organization can then then submit application(s) for projects.
Note: See the Grants Portal Account Quick Guide for help creating a Grants Portal account.

Review the Quick Hits information below to quickly learn more about the COVID-19 public assistance process. Direct questions to the IDHS Public Assistance Grant Program at pa@dhs.in.gov
Note: For step-by-step guidance on submitting project applications, see the FEMA Public Assistance Applicant Quick Guide. A recorded webinar and comprehensive list of documents are available below.

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COVID-19 Updates

Note (9/25/20): The deadline for RPA submissions for the COVID-19 declaration has been extended again. The new deadline is October 31. Contact pa@dhs.in.gov with questions about the submission process.

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Applicant Briefing Webinars

The IDHS Public Assistance Grant Program team conducted applicant briefing webinars specific to the COVID-19 declaration (DR-4515) in May. A recorded (downloadable) version is now available online, and referenced documents are below. Please note that the COVID-19 Eligible Emergency Protective Measures Fact Sheet is available for reference only. It was superseded, with changes effective September 15. Please see the updated advisory and policy going forward.

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About the Public Assistance Grant Program

The mission of Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program is to provide assistance to state, tribal and local governments, and private non-profit organizations so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from man-made or natural disasters or emergencies declared by the President. Through the PA Program, FEMA provides supplemental Federal disaster grant assistance to include debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly-owned/eligible private non-profit facilities. Log jam of debris at bridge with high waters

Information and resources found below provide details regarding the Public Assistance Grant Program. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is the recipient of the federal funds and administers the FEMA program to statewide applicants (sub-recipients) for infrastructure and essential services damage.

The PA Program also encourages protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process. Reimbursements through the PA Program are subject to a cost share; 75 percent of eligible costs are reimbursed, and the remaining 25 percent is to be covered by the applicant.

Homeowners, renters or private business owners looking for assistance should visit the Individual Assistance page for guidance.