Fiscal Year 2024 Program Summary

Applications Due: 30 days from date of incident

Eligible Applicants: Political Subdivisions (city or county)

Application Process: SEMA is making the Missouri Disaster Assistance Grant (MDAG) application opportunity available through WebGrants, an on-line internet portal for electronic grants management. First-time users will need to register their organization and get approval from SEMA prior to beginning the application process. Registration approval within WebGrants is not automatic and is subject to review and must be approved by a SEMA authorized user. The WebGrants portal is open for registration at

The MDAG is a reimbursement grant: Any approved expenditures must be made within the contract period. Subrecipients must incur an allowable expense, make payment, and seek reimbursement within 90 days of the completion of the scope of work. Reimbursement requests beyond 90 days will not be reimbursed unless granted an extension by a SEMA Authorized Representative. Extension requests must be submitted in a Subaward Adjustment to the SEMA Grant Specialist 15 days prior to the deadline.

Cost Share and Match: 50%/50% (State and Local) – 50% State cost share of up to $200,000.00. Only hard match will be accepted for this grant program.

This funding is specifically for non-federally declared Stafford Act events that do not meet state or county thresholds for federal assistance.

Allowable Costs:

  • Debris removal activities: such as clearance, removal, and disposal include vegetative debris, construction and demolition debris, sand, mud, silt, gravel, rocks, boulders, white good, and vehicle and vessel wreckage as it pertains to public roadways and/or right of ways if threat to public safety.
  • Hazardous Trees, Limbs, and Stumps: Eligible vegetative debris may include tree limbs, branches, stumps, or trees that are still in place, but damaged to the extent they pose an immediate threat (these items are ineligible if the hazard existed prior to the incident, or if the item does not extend over the public roadway posing an immediate threat).
  • Tree Removal: is allowable only if the tree has a diameter or 6 inches or greater measured 4.5 feet above ground level and the tree has:
    • A split trunk
    • A broken canopy, or
    • Is leaning at an angle greater than 30 degrees that will directly impact a public roadway should it break or fall. Grinding any residual stump after cutting tree or complete stump removal is ineligible.
  • Privately Owned Vehicles and Vessels on Public Roadways: Removal of privately-owned vehicles and vessels from public roadways is eligible if all the following conditions are met:
    • The vehicle or vessel blocks access to the public roadway
    • The vehicle or vessel is abandoned
    • The Applicant follows applicable state and local government ordinances or laws for private vehicle or vessel removal
    • The Applicant documents the handling of the vehicle or vessel.
    • The Applicant needs to retain documentation to support it met these criteria.
  • Disposal: To minimize the use of landfill space, SEMA encourages the Applicant to reduce the volume of vegetative debris before burying. Costs to reduce vegetative debris using methods such as mulching, grinding, or burning are eligible for non-residential green matter.

Not Allowable Costs:

  • Indirect Costs
  • Management and Administration (M&A)
  • Removal of debris/materials related to construction, repair, or renovation of either residential or commercial structures. These costs are deemed ineligible as it pertains to private or commercially owned property (see allowable costs as it relates to debris in public roadways and/or right of ways)
  • SEMA will not fund removal of broken limbs or branches located on trails, sidewalks, playgrounds, parks, or private property. Only the minimum cut necessary to remove the hazard is eligible.
  • Costs associated with repair of any road or structure.