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PA Simplified Procedures for Small Projects

In August, 2022, FEMA implemented a regulatory change to increase the small project maximum for the FEMA Public Assistance Program to $1 million for 2023. Simplified procedures allow FEMA to fund eligible small projects based on estimates, which expedites disaster recovery funding to applicants and reduces administrative burden. 

The Large Project Threshold, which is updated annually on October 1, increased to $1,000,000 in 2023 and increases to $1,037,000 for 2024.

Applicants with small projects, which align with the specified criteria but have received payments below the applicable threshold, will start receiving additional funds in the next scheduled payment cycle beginning February 1, 2024, and continue into future payment cycles, provided you have not already received the full Federal share.

For Oklahoma that includes the following: 

  • DR-4721 – Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, and Tornadoes – June 14-18, 2023
  • DR-4706 – Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, and Tornadoes – April 19-20, 2023

The threshold will also be implemented for some projects from PA disasters declared prior to August 3, 2022, if those projects were not yet obligated on August 3, 2022. This may include projects from the following disasters:

  • DR-4587 – Severe Winter Storm – February 8-10, 2021
  • DR-4575 – Severe Winter Storm – October 26-29, 2020
  • DR-4530 – COVID-19 Pandemic – January 20, 2020-May 11, 2023   

Please note, FEMA did not change any programmatic requirements. The forms and application processes for small and large projects will not change, the documentation requirements for small and large projects will not change, and applicants must still comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies on all projects. 

Oklahoma PA applicants with questions about specific projects or payments may contact Alden Graybill, for more information.

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Last Modified on Jan 30, 2024
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