FEMA Raises Public Assistance Small Project Threshold to $1 Million

On Thursday, August 4, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the threshold for small project assistance through the Public Assistance (PA) program has been increased to $1 million dollars. This action pertains to Section 422 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act which allows FEMA to implement simplified procedures for projects below an established threshold. Congress, in 1988, authorized the simplified procedures. This action was designed to support and enhance program efficiency while simultaneously allowing lower dollar project applicants the opportunity to get recovery funding faster, setting the small project maximum at $35,000.

The raised $1 million threshold would apply to all projects that fall under major disasters and emergencies declared on or after Aug. 3, 2022. The $1 million threshold would also cover all unobligated PA projects in major disasters and emergencies declared between March 13, 2020, and Aug. 3, 2022.

APWA has advocated for greater flexibility, this includes through our emergency management policy priority document, within the Stafford Act to allow those closest to the disasters to make the necessary decisions in a more expeditious manner.

Contact APWA Government Affairs Manager Marty Williams at mwilliams@apwa.net or (202) 218-6732 if you have questions.