Public Assistance Available for Houses of Worship and Other Nonprofits

Religious leaders whose houses of worship in a disaster-designated parish were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Ida can apply for FEMA’s Public Assistance program, as many continue to contribute to their communities’ recovery despite their own losses.

How to Apply:

Houses of worship interested in receiving reimbursement for repair costs must first submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) through the state of Louisiana at

Basic Eligibility Requirements:

Houses of worship owned or operated by a private nonprofit must be in a disaster-designated parish, have sustained damage from Hurricane Ida, provide anon-critical but essential service, and be open to the public.


The cost of eligible work is typically a shared cost. The federal share of assistance is generally not less than 75% of the eligible cost for emergency measures and permanent work. The grant

recipient is usually the state.

For more information about FEMA Public Assistance for houses of worship, visit: