Public Assistance Division
The Public Assistance Division provides assistance to state agencies, local governments, special districts and eligible private non-profit organizations impacted by a disaster in order to achieve a safer future for all California communities. The Public Assistance Division ensures state and federal support is provided to applicants in an efficient and timely manner in order to assist in recovery from a major disaster or emergency.
Individuals seeking disaster assistance should refer to Recovery’s Individual Assistance Section.
State and Federally Funded Disaster Assistance Programs
California Disaster Assistance Act
CDAA provides state financial assistance for recovery efforts to cities and/or counties, and certain private nonprofit organizations special districts after a state disaster has been declared.
COVID-19 assistance is provided to state agencies, local governments, special districts and Indian Tribal Governments for coronavirus pandemic response and recovery.
Federal Disaster Assistance
Federal financial assistance for recovery efforts is made available to cities, counties, state agencies and eligible private non-profits after a federal disaster has been declared.
Fire Management Assistance Grant
Federal financial assistance is provided to state agencies, local governments, special districts and Indian Tribal Governments for emergency response and fire suppression activities for federally declared fires.
Applicants’ Briefings provide potential applicants with basic information to assist them in their efforts to understand the requirements associated with applying for Public Assistance due to a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) declaration, under the California Disaster Assistance Act (CDAA) or under a Presidential Emergency Declaration. These briefings cover topics such as: application processing, eligibility requirements, cost documentation guidance, record keeping, audit requirements, and deadline dates.
*Please see Scheduled Applicants’ Briefings below for briefing details.
Register or Login to FEMA Grants Portal
Applicants must set up an account and submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA)
YouTube Training Videos for FEMA Grants Portal
View the official FEMA PA Grants Portal Grants Manager YouTube Channel
Scheduled Applicants' Briefings
View the complete list of briefings currently scheduled for various emergency declarations
Public Assistance Forms, Documents, and Reference Materials
All materials mentioned in the Applicants’ Briefings can be found here
For any questions regarding your Public Assistance (PA), California Disaster Assistance Act (CDAA), Coronavirus Assistance (COVID-19), or Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) payments, please direct questions or concerns to the Public Assistance Financial Processing Unit at (916) 845-8110 or RecoveryPayments@CalOES.ca.gov.
Office: (916) 531-5906
Statewide Recovery Unit
Office: (916) 758-1771
Public Assistance Region List
- Contra Costa
- Del Norte
- San Benito
- San Francisco
- San Mateo
- Santa Clara
- Santa Cruz
- El Dorado
- San Joaquin
- Los Angeles
- San Bernardino
- San Diego
- San Luis Obispo
- Santa Barbara
For questions and other Public Assistance related inquiries, please send an email to DisasterRecovery@CalOES.ca.gov or call (916) 845-8200.