In a recent press release, FEMA announced that new simplified Public Assistance (PA) program procedures will expedite disaster recovery funding to eligible small projects. Under this new regulation, small project applicants would not be required to reconcile final costs or submit quarterly progress reports if they comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies.
“This policy change is a reflection of FEMA and President Biden’s commitment to reduce red tape, cut back on bureaucracy and ensure that communities get the resources they deserve when they need them most,” said Administrator Criswell. “FEMA’s Public Assistance remains our flagship program for helping communities rebuild infrastructure, restore critical services to the public and build climate resilience. By simplifying the application process, we will break down barriers and better meet the funding needs of small communities and our nonprofit partners.”
The $1 million threshold applies to all projects under major disasters and emergencies declared on or after August 3, 2022. The $1 million threshold also applies to all unobligated PA projects in major disasters and emergencies declared between March 13, 2020 and August 3, 2022.
Click HERE to read FEMA's press release about this program update.