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Disaster Assistance - Local Governments, Houses of Worship & Non-Profits

Through FEMA’s Public Assistance program, federal and state funds are available to help repair public properties such as roads, bridges, buildings, parks – even private nonprofits (PNPs) like houses of worship that have been damaged or destroyed. Funds also can help pay for emergency protective measures, communications and public transportation, as well as debris removal. 

Trained grant managers help applicants through the reimbursement process.

Who is eligible?

Who is eligible?

To apply for Public Assistance Program funds, applicants must:
•         Be a government body -- including but not limited to: town, school board, city, police station or state agency, OR
•         Be a private non-profit (PNP) group -- such as a hospital, volunteer fire department, electrical membership corporation, houses of worship, museum, etc. AND
•         Have damages from a disaster equal to or exceeding $3,140 AND
•         Be in a federally-declared county to be eligible for Public Assistance (see list here)

What is eligible?

What is eligible?

Eligible work is covered via shared costs: the federal share is typically 75 percent and the state covers the remaining 25 percent. Under certain circumstances, the federal share may be 90 or even 100 percent.
Costs of eligible work fall under two broad categories – Emergency Work and Permanent Work. 

  • Emergency Work includes that which helps to immediately protect public health and safety
  • Permanent Work includes restoring damaged facilities to their pre-disaster design, function and capacity following applicable codes or standards.
     
FEMA Public Assistance Categories

Category

Description

Eligible Costs

Emergency Work

A

Debris Removal

 Trees & vegetative debris * Building components or contents * Sand, silt, mud, gravel * Other disaster-related debris

B

Emergency Protective Measures

Emergency communications * Mass care & sheltering * Search & rescue * Security in impacted area * Transporting disaster victims * Building inspections * Temporary generators for health & safety services * Medical/ custodial care facility evacuations *

Permanent Work

C

Roads & Bridges

Road surfaces, shoulders, bases & ditches * Drainage structures * Bridge decking, pavement, piers, girders, abutments * Bridge slopes

D

Water Control Facilities

Canals, sediment basins * Dams, reservoirs & levees * Pumping facilities * Drainage channels * Shore protective devices

E

Buildings, Contents & Equipment

Building repair or restoration to code * Content/ equipment replacement * Mold remediation * Temporary or permanent relocation * Houses of Worship++

F

Utilities

Communications * Power generation & distribution * Sewage systems * Water treatment plants

G

Parks, Recreational Facilities & Other

Playground equipment * Piers & boat docks * Picnic tables * Mass transit facilities * Fish hatcheries * Golf courses * Tennis Courts * Swimming Pools

 

++  Some Houses of Worship may now be eligible as a private non-profit organization for Public Assistance funds to be reimbursed for damages sustained in a federally-declared disaster. Please submit requests for more information to pubic.assistance@ncdps.gov.  

 
 

When do we apply?

When do we apply?

To be considered for funding, interested government agencies and non-profit organizations must submit an initial application within 30 days of when their county was declared a federal disaster. 

Organizations/governments based in Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender counties must apply by October 14.

Organizations/governments based in Columbus, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Jones, Lenoir, Robeson, Sampson and Wayne counties must apply by October 17.

Organizations/governments based in Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Pitt, Richmond, Scotland and Wilson counties must apply by October 24.

Organizations/governments in Greene County must apply by October 28

How do I apply?

How do I apply?

FEMA, in 2017, implemented a new approach to more effectively and efficiently manage the Public Assistance (PA) Program: using a Public Assistance Grant Portal. All PA program applications are now submitted online after the agency/organization first registers their interest with the state. The new approach avoids some of the challenges that have been associated with the early stages of the grants process.

Step 1: Register with NC Emergency Management by emailing public.assistance@ncdps.gov.

Step 2: Submit application online through FEMA's Public Assistance Grants Portal. (NCEM will send each applicant portal access instructions once they have registered.) Applicants can use the portal to upload documents such as the “Request for Public Assistance,” invoices, etc. for the grant application.

Other Resources Applicant Briefings

Applicant Briefings

Applicants Briefings are held for governments, non-profit organizations and houses of worship to outline the progran and discuss the grants process. 

County Location Address City Date/Time
Chatham, Moore, Lee   302 McNeill Street Carthage

Friday, Oct. 12,

9-11 am

Beaufort   5337 US 264 Washington

Friday, Oct. 12,

10:30 am- 12:30 pm

Richmond   200 Industrial Park Rockingham

Friday, Oct. 12,

2-4 pm

Jones Jones County Center 509 NC Highway 58 Trenton

Monday, Oct. 15,

9-11 am

Scotland   1403 W. Boulevard Laurinburg

Monday, Oct. 15,

9-11 am

Johnston Medical Mall 514 N. Bright Leaf Blvd Smithfield Monday, Oct. 15, 10 am - noon
Brunswick Leland Cultural Arts Center 1212 Magnolia Village Way Leland

Monday, Oct. 15,

11 am - 1 pm

Harnett   1005 Edwards Brothers Dr. Lillington

Monday, Oct. 15,

2-4 pm

Duplin County Administration Building 224 Seminary St. Kenansville

Tuesday, Oct. 16,

9-11 am

Wilson County Administration Building 2201 Miller Rd. Wilson

Tuesday, Oct. 16,

10 am - noon

Onslow,

Jones

County Administration Building 1180 Common Drive Jacksonville Thursday, Nov. 8, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Pender Pender County EOC 805 Ridgewood Ave. Burgaw

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 1:30-3:30 pm

Columbus Vineland Station 701 S. Madison Ave. Whiteville Thursday, Oct. 18, 11am - 1 pm
New Hanover   230 Government Center Dr. Wilmington 

Thursday, Oct. 18,

3-5 pm

Anson Anson County School Board 320 Camden Road Wadesboro

Thursday, Oct. 18,

2-4 pm

Robeson Robeson County EOC 38 Legend Rd. Lumberton

Friday, Oct. 19,

3-5 pm

Montgomery Location To Be Determined   Troy

Friday, Oct. 19,

9-11 am

Chatham Chatham County EOC 297 West Street Pittsboro Friday, Oct. 19, 2-4 pm
Bladen Building D, Room 1 5853 US 701 N, Bldg D, Room 1 Elizabethtown

Thursday, Oct. 25,

6-8 pm

Hoke CIty Hall 315 N. Main St. Raeford

Thursday, Oct. 25,

6-8 pm

Ashe Ashe County Court House 150 Government Circle, Suite 2400 Jefferson

Monday, Oct. 29

, 2-4 pm

Alleghany Conference Rm, Ground Floor 90 S. Main St Sparta

Monday, Oct. 29,

2-4 pm

Yancey Yancey County EM Office 15 East Boulevard Burnsville

Tuesday, Oct. 30,

10 am - noon

Granville Granville County EMC 5662 Cornwall Road Oxford

Tuesday, Oct. 30,

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Union Governmental Center/ Commissioners' Board Room 500 N. Main St. Monroe

Tuesday, Oct. 30,

10 am - noon

Stanly County Commons, Commissioners Meeting Room 1000 N. First St Albemarle

Wednesday, Oct. 31,

2-4 pm

Dare Emergency Operations Center 370 Airport Rd Manteo

Thursday, Nov. 1,

1-3 pm

Cabarrus County Government Center, 2nd floor, Purpose Room 65 Church St. Concord

Thursday, Nov. 1,

3-5 pm

Orange Southern Human Services 2501 Homestead Road Chapel Hill Thursday, Nov. 1, 10am 12pm
Pitt County Admin Building - EOC  1717 W. 5th Street Greenville

Monday, Nov. 5.

10am - 12pm

Alamance Family Justice Center 1950 Martin Street (Parking and Area on backside of the building) Burlington

Monday, Nov. 5.

2pm -4pm

Rowan Rowan Emergency Ops. Center 2727 Old Concord Road Salisbury

Tuesday, Nov. 13

10am - 12pm

Randolph County EM Headquarters  760 New Century Drive Asheboro

Tuesday, Nov. 13

2pm -4pm

Pitt County Admin Building -EOC 1717 W. 5th Street Greenville

Monday, Nov. 5.

10am -12pm

Bertie County Emergency Operations Center 106 Dundee Street Windsor

Friday, Nov. 9. 10:30am - 12:30pm

Rowan Rowan Emergency Ops. Center 2727 Old Concord Road Salisbury

Tuesday, Nov. 13. 10am - 12pm

Randolph County EM Headquarters 760 New Century Drive Asheboro

Tuesday, Nov 13.

2pm - 4pm

Tyrrell   108 S. Water Street  Columbia  Wednesday, Nov 14. 10:30am - 12:30pm
Polk   40 Courthouse Street  Columbus

Thursday, Nov. 15

10:00am - 12:00pm

Madison Location TBD Location TBD  

Thursday, Nov 15. 

2:30pm - 4:30pm

Guilford Emergency Operations Center 1002 Meadowood street Greensboro

Monday, Nov. 26

2:00pm -4:00pm

McDowell

McDowell Technical Community College  

*Call for directions once on campus (828-442-1862) 

54 College Drive Marion

Wednesday, Nov.28

1:00pm-3:00pm