Public Assistance (PA) Eligibility

Eligible Organizations

  • State government organizations (e.g. departments, agencies, boards, commissions, universities)
  • Local government organizations (e.g. counties, townships, cities, villages, districts)
  • Private nonprofit (PNP) organizations (e.g. utilities, medical, custodial care, educational)
  • Native American tribes and tribal organizations

Work Eligibility Criteria

In general, eligible work is based on the following minimum criteria:
  • It must be required as a result of the federally declared event (pre-existing damage is not covered nor is damage from an unrelated event at the time of the disaster).
  • It must be located within the designated disaster area.
  • It must be the legal responsibility of an eligible applicant.
  • No other federal agency has statutory authority to provide funding for the work.
Two types of work are eligible for the Public Assistance Program: Emergency Work and Permanent Work.
  1. Emergency Work includes debris removal and emergency protective measures.

    Debris Removal - Eligible when necessary to:

    • Eliminate an immediate threat to life, public health and safety; or
    • Eliminate an immediate threat of significant damage to improved property; or
    • Ensure the economic recovery of the affected community.

    Emergency Protective Measures are actions taken to save lives, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property.

  2. Permanent Work refers to any activity that must be performed to restore the damaged part of a facility to pre-disaster condition and function. The facility may be replaced if the cost of repair is more than 50 percent of replacement cost.

Cost Eligibility Criteria

Eligible Force Account Costs:
  • Applicant's labor, including salary and fringe benefits.
  • Applicant's equipment use at appropriate rates. [Note: Cost of regular time labor for permanent employees performing debris removal and emergency protective measures is not eligible.]
  • Actual cost of purchased materials.
Contract Costs:
  • Reasonable and necessary costs to perform eligible work.
  • All contracting and procurement laws must be followed.
  • Contracting is the responsibility of the applicant.
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