Develop a Funding Approach



...following items as eligible costs to be assessed in a relocation project: demolition and removal of the old facility; land acquisition; construction of the new facility; and ancillary facilities, such as roads and utilities.

As indicated by the Digest : “When a relocation project is approved, no future federal funding for the repair or replacement of any facility subsequently built at the old site will be approved. An exception is given for facilities or structures that facilitate an open space use....

“If relocation is not desirable, feasible or cost effective and restoration of the facility in its original location is not practicable or allowed because of floodplain, environmental, or other considerations or laws, then the applicant may apply for an Alternate Project.”

With the completion of these two steps, the FEMA project funding and potential restrictions should be clear. Applicants can now determine what type of project to undertake.

Funding Approach Step No. 3: Determine the Type of Project

The three types of projects are Standard Project, Improved Project and Alternate Project.

The Standard Project was introduced earlier in this article as the starting point for documentation and cost assessments. Recapped here, it involves the repair or replacement of the facility to pre-disaster intent, design and capacity in compliance with codes and standards.

It is important to note that the total funding for a Standard Project is not capped at the amount shown on the Project Worksheet. The final grant for the Standard Project will amount to the actual cost of the repairs or replacement in relationship to the approved scope of work.

The Improved Project , as described by the FEMA handbook is “any project (large or small) where the applicant chooses to make additional improvements to the facility while making disaster repairs. For the most part, these are projects in which the funding for approved work cannot be tracked...

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