Developing a Rebuilding Plan


It is important to note that the capped funding amounts do not include costs that are only related to, or only triggered by, changes to the pre-disaster design or function of the damaged facility. These include, but are not limited to, costs related to:

Each of these options is subject to diferent eligibility and process requirements, which are described in detail below. Because the Alternative Procedures is still operating as a pilot program, FEMA may periodically adjust program specifcs. Therefore, Subrecipients can fnd additional policy specifcs or changes at alternative-procedures.

Improved Projects

When performing restoration work on a damaged facility, Subrecipients may decide to use the opportunity to make improvements. Projects that incorporate such improvements are aptly called Improved Projects. Subrecipients may request improvements on either small or large projects. 2 The improved facility must have the same function and at least the equivalent capacity as that of the pre- disaster facility. Federal funding for these projects is limited to the lesser of: the federal share of the approved estimated cost to restore the damaged facility to its pre-disaster design and function; or the federal share of the actual costs of completing the Improved Project.

“Alternate Project funding cannot be used for operating costs or to meet the state or local cost share requirements on other Public Assistance projects that utilize other federal grants, but may be used for capital projects such as facilities or equipment.”

FEMA may increase eligible funding for an Improved Project only if the Subrecipient identifes an error or omission in the original Scope of Work (SOW )or cost estimate related to restoring the facility to its pre-disaster design and function. 3

Subrecipients must obtain approval for an Improved Project from the state. Furthermore, with any Improved Project that signifcantly changes the pre-disaster confguration of the facility, the state must...