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Funding Resources


Public Assistance.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance Grant Program provides financial assistance to state and local governments and to certain private nonprofit organizations.  These grants allow them to respond to disasters, recover from their impact and mitigate impact from future disasters. Public Assistance is divided into seven categories:

  • Category A - Debris removal
  • Category B - Emergency Protective Measures
  • Category C - Road systems and bridges
  • Category D - Water control facilities
  • Category E - Public buildings and contents
  • Category F - Public utilities
  • Category G - Parks, recreational and other


PA Project Lists. FEMA has approved the following Public Assistance projects for Category D, E and F:


CDL.  The FEMA Community Disaster Loan Program provides operational funding to help local governments that have incurred a significant loss in revenue, due to a presidentially declared disaster, that has or will severely affect their ability to provide essential municipal services. 


MDA.  The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) offers the Capital Improvements Revolving Fund Program (CAP) to counties and municipalities for the purpose of financing capital improvements. 


USDA.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers community facilities grant and loan programs to public bodies to build or purchase essential facilities and equipment. 


Technical Resources


RAO.  The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has created the Recovery Accounting Oversight (RAO) division to provide accounting assistance to municipalities, counties and eligible nonprofits for FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant Program.  RAO provides technical assistance to help applicants determine the status of their project worksheet review, assist in determining documents that are needed to complete the review, and resolve any applicant questions about support documents. 


MDES.  The Mississippi Department of Employment Security offers a temporary employment program that provides temporary workers to perform essential services at no cost to the employer. Temporary workers are hired through a staffing agency and must meet certain eligibility requirements.  Contact the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District for more information.


Disaster Mitigation


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Mitigation Division provides several programs to lessen the impact that disasters have on people’s lives and property. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency oversees mitigation efforts for the State of Mississippi through its Mitigation Office and prepared the State Hazard Mitigation Plan.


The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program provides grants to states and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration.  The purpose of the program is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster.


The Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program assists states and local governments in implementing cost-effective hazard mitigation activities that complement a comprehensive mitigation program. 


The Flood Mitigation Assistance Program provides funding to assist states and communities in implementing measures to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insurable under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).


The Mitigation Division also manages the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which provides floodplain management regulations and maps floodplains. 


FEMA Best Practices and Case Studies offers success stories about mitigation ideas, activities and projects, including mitigation funding sources.