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  Public Assistance Program  
The Public Assistance (PA) Program provides federal disaster assistance to state and local government organizations for debris removal, emergency protective measures and the permanent restoration or replacement of public facilities that are owned and operated by an eligible organization. Assistance may also be provided to certain private non-profit organizations that provide services of a governmental nature open to all persons within the community.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) administers the Public Assistance Program as the grantee for the State of Illinois. Eligible organizations for the program are considered subgrantees. The program reimburses subgrantees for at least 75 percent of eligible costs that were a result of the disaster.

Upon a declaration of a major disaster or emergency by the President, applicant briefings are conducted by the IEMA Public Assistance Program staff in the designated counties. These applicant briefings provide an overview of the program requirements and a hands-on session to complete the required application forms. To apply for assistance, each organization must submit a completed FEMA Form 90-49, Request for Public Assistance form to IEMA within 30 days of the date of the presidential declaration. Organizations must also complete and submit a State of Illinois, Public Assistance Grant Agreement to IEMA before reimbursement payments can be made.

Click here for information on the Public Assistance Program process.

Click here for information on eligible organizations, work eligibility criteria, and cost eligibility criteria.

View a list of downloadable Public Assistance Guidance Documents and Forms.

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