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FEMA Grant Help Page

Below you will find Links, Publications and Videos to

help with using the Grants Portal and Submitting Applications.

FEMA Public Assistance Program Public Assistance is a reimbursement grant for Category B – emergency protective measures. Reimbursement efforts include emergency protective measures to save lives, to protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property are eligible.


               Eligible applicants:

                           • State Agencies

                           • Tribes

                           • local governments

                           • Certain private non-profits providing critical services such as education, medical, utility and emergency. In addition to non-critical services such as homeless shelters and food assistance programs. MEMA has a link to the full list on their website under Public Assistance Grant Program.


              FEMA Funding Allocation:

                   • 75% Federal Share

                       • 15% State Share

                           • 10% Local Share

What is the FEMA Public Assistance Grants Portal?

The Public Assistance Grants Portal tool is an online platform that is used to formulate

and track award packages and is used by applicants to manage their projects.


                Applicants can use the Grants Portal to:

                  • Register for and update an applicant profile

                      • Submit a Request for Public Assistance

                         • Upload project documentation







How to Register in the Grants Portal: (Please see the publications and videos shared below for more help.)

Registration into the Grants Portal is a multi-step process. An account is created for each entity which will generate

an email from This email will provide a user name (the email provided) and password

with a link to sign into the Portal. The Portal will require set up of a permanent password, security question and finalize

the account. This generates an email to MEMA to finalize their account and then they will be able to renter.

The website to access the portal is once access is granted. There is a link at the top of the

dashboard that says click here now to submit your request for public assistance. This sets the process in motion.

Registration Quirks

• System works best using Firefox

• Check spam for generated emails


Please Email with any questions.

More Information on Public Assistance can be found:

Videos and how-to's for the Grants Portal

This short video will help 

walk you through setting up a "Grants Portal Applicant Account" if you do not already have an account.

This video will assist an

applicant / sub-recipient 

with submitting a request

for "Public Assistance" in

the Grants Portal.

Grants Portal Account and Request for Public Assistance Public Assistance Applicant Quick Guide

Maine COVID 19 Non-Profit Feeding FEMA

Reimbursement Brief April 14, 2020

Prepared by Bill Guindon, MEMA Mass Care Lead

COVID-19 Process Overview Public Assistance Applicant Quick Guide

FEMA On-line Training for using Grants Portal (2 steps)

Step 1:

        Sign up for a FEMA SID Number

Step 2:

      Log into the FEMA Training Website

A FEMA SID is required to register for and participate in any training provided by FEMA. All FEMA training providers’ registration systems and enrollment procedures require a valid FEMA SID. The FEMA SID will serve as your unique identifier and be used to maintain the record of FEMA training you attended.

Click the photo below to sign up


IS-1002: FEMA Grants Portal–Transparency at Every Step.

Course Overview: This course provides an in-depth look

into the Grants Portal. By the end of the course, State,

Local, Tribal, and Territorial Applicants and Recipients

will be able to discuss and use the Grants Portal software

as it pertains to the Public Assistance program.

Click the photo below to sign up


Applicant Briefing Presentation Power Point

via PDF with notes

COVID-19 Eligible Emergency Protective Measures Fact Sheet (FINAL)(3.19.20)

Private Nonprofit/Food Assistance Questions & Answers Q&A  5.19.20

MEMA Application Briefing QA (05/19/2020)

Applicant Briefing Presentation 4522 DR -May 2020

Presented by: The Maine Emergency Management Agency

This is the prerecorded Applicant Briefing for the federally declared disaster 4522DR-ME.

If you have any questions regarding this briefing or the Public Assistance program

please email:

Updated information for the above Applicant Briefing Presentation (05/20/2020)

Downloadable Documents

Procurement Under Grants Conducted Under

Emergency or Exigent Circumstances for COVID-19

Procurement Under Grants Conducted Under

Exigent or Emergency Circumstances Fact Sheet

PNP Eligible Criticial / PNP Eligible Non-Criticial,

Essential Governmental-Type & PNP Ineligible


Corona-virus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Eligible Emergency Protective Measures

Release date: March 19, 2020

Corona-virus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Emergency Medical Care - FEMA FACT SHEET

Public Assistance Fact Sheet:

FEMA-3444-EM - COVID-19

Category B - Emergency Protective Actions

Documentation Checklist

FEMA Public Assistance Program Public

Assistance is a reimbursement grant for

Category B – emergency protective measures

Corona-virus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Eligible Emergency Protective Measures - FACT SHEET

Corona-virus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Private Nonprofit Organizations - FEMA FACT SHEET

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