FEMA Approves $2.6 Million to Florida Local Governments for Matthew Recovery

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ATLANTA – St. Johns County and the City of Jacksonville, will each receive a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reimburse costs incurred for debris removal following Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. Combined, the grants total more than $2.6 million. 

The St. Johns County grant is for $1,464,072. The City of Jacksonville grant is for $1,161,542. Each grant amounts to at least 75 percent of the federal cost share of debris removal. The remainder will come from non-federal sources.

FEMA provides grant funding through its Public Assistance grant program which reimburses communities for costs incurred in responding to and recovering from a disaster. The state applies for the grant and distributes the funding to eligible applicants, which can include tribes, local governments, and certain private non-profit organizations.

FEMA provided funding for these projects directly to the State of Florida. Following the state's review process and upon receipt of appropriate documentation, the state will distribute the funds on a reimbursable basis.

The President’s major disaster declaration included 18 counties due to the extent of damage caused by Hurricane Matthew. To date, FEMA has approved more than $277 million for the state under the Public Assistance grant program as a result of damage from Hurricane Matthew.

Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program can be found at https://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-local-state-tribal-and-non-profit.

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