Costs Eligilbilty

Eligibility for Public Assistance funding:

Detailed Discussion

There are a handful of common pitfalls that the Consolidated Resource Center identifies when determining eligibility for Public Assistance funding:

  • Insufficient documentation
  • Deferred maintenance
  • FEMA does not obligate funds for damages caused by lack of maintenance. An Applicant should conduct and document routine maintenance to avoid this
  • Pre-existing damages
  • As described in 44 CFR 206.223, FEMA does not obligate funds for damages that occurred prior to the event
  • Damages must be the result of the emergency or major disaster event
  • Unreasonable costs
  • Costs provided by the Applicant need to be reasonable.
  • Reasonableness is defined by 2 CFR 200.404 as in its nature and amount, the cost does not exceed that which would be incurred by a prudent person under the circumstances prevailing at the time the Applicant makes the decision to incur the cost
  • Improper procurement of contracts
  • Legal citation for deferred maintenance
  • Not obtaining proper permits


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Costs Eligilbilty

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