Public Assistance Federal Grant Information and Updates


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Posted on 02/24/2015 by VLCT Communications


On February 3, 2015, public assistance disaster DR-4207 was declared for a December 9-12, 2014 severe winter storm in Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, and Windsor counties.
Last week, applicant briefings were held to update towns and utility companies on new FEMA program information and explain how to seek reimbursement. If you missed the briefings and want to see one on-line, you can view an unedited taping of the February 13 applicant briefing on the DEMHS YouTube channel.

To be included in DR-4207, an applicant must submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) to by Thursday, March 5, 2015.  Applicants will be eligible to receive up to 75% federal funding, as well as a 7.5%, 12.5%, or 17.5% state match. In order to continue to qualify for a 12.5% state match , towns must have in place four elements: up-to-date Local Emergency Operations Plan; adopted Hazard Mitigation Plan; up-to-date Transportation Codes and Standards which meet or exceed the 2013  VTrans template (as shown in the 2014-2016 Orange Book); and participation in the  National Flood Insurance Program (if applicable). Communities also can qualify for a 17.5% state share by having all of those items and also taking steps to protect river corridors from new encroachment. To find out your town’s Emergency Relief and Assistance Fund (ERAF) state share, visit Towns have until March 5 to submit documentation to influence the ERAF percentage for this disaster. Here is a summary of how the State of Vermont evaluates and tracks ERAF criteria.

DR-4163 and DR-4178 update

  • For DR-4163 (Dec. 20-26, 2013 ice storm) there were 31 applicants, and FEMA wrote a total of 47 project worksheets.  Federal share was $8,263,332.  At this time, all but five applicants have received final payments.
  • For DR-4178 (April 15-18, 2014 flooding) there were 31 applicants and FEMA wrote a total of 49 projects.  Federal share was $2,249,715. 9 Applicants are still waiting for final payments. Quarterly large project reporting is required for open large projects. A simple quarterly large project reporting form is available here.  Next quarterly large project reports are due to DEMHS by April 15.

For Progress Payments on your DR-4022 (Irene) or DR-4066 large projects, contact Coleen Krauss and the VTrans Grants Unit or For partial payments on large projects from DR-4120 or DR-4140, contact Tiffanie Fortier For payments for DR-4163, DR-4178, DR4207, and all future disasters made from Department of Public Safety, contact KarenMae Smith

For more information on the Public Assistance Program and Request for Public Assistance forms, visit