November 20, 2017 2:44 pm Last modified: 7:47 am

FEMA Public Funds Available to Eligible GVI Departments, Semi-Autonomous Agencies, Some Private Non-Profits

The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) invites all government departments and semi-autonomous agencies that have sustained damages because of Hurricanes Irma and Maria to attend the FEMA Public Assistance Grant Applicants briefing from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, Oct. 13, at the Superior Court Jury Room on St. Croix.

The FEMA Public Assistance Grant provides funds to eligible government departments and semi-autonomous agencies for the restoration of public roads and facilities following a presidential disaster declaration. Certain private non-profits (PNPs) could be eligible for assistance if they can provide an IRS letter of 501 (c), (d) or (e) tax exemption or documentation from the territory that certifies the organization is a non-profit, non-revenue producing entity. Additionally, the PNP must also provide an essential government service.

The Applicant Briefing will provide a program overview, eligibility and procurement requirements. At the end of the briefing, applicants will have the opportunity to submit a Request for Public Assistance, which will initiate the funding application process.

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All private non-profits are asked to bring copies of proof of their tax-exempt status and organization’s charter or by-laws.

Due to space restrictions, VITEMA asks that participants limit their organization’s attendance to no more than two people.

For more information, contact Malinda Vigilant-Messer, deputy public assistance officer, at or visit

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