FEMA Hazard Mitigation Application Periods Open

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The best money spent is in preparing for disaster rather than recovery from it. Dollar for dollar the money spent on pre-disaster mitigation can save many more dollars (and potentially lives) down the road when disaster hits. Applying for FEMA grant funding for pre-disaster mitigation is a great roll-over activity to fund potential fixes issues that may have been discovered during National Preparedness Month activities.

FEMA has opened up application periods for two grants aimed at pre-disaster mitigation, saving property and lives before disaster strikes. These two grants are:

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant

The FMA grant is one of FEMA’s main grants. It is a competitive grant that is aimed at reducing or eliminating risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Available Funding (From FEMA Website)

For FY20, FEMA will distribute up to $160 million through the FMA grant program in the following manner:

  1. Up to $4 million for Project Scoping (previously Advance Assistance) to develop community flood mitigation projects and/or individual flood mitigation projects that will subsequently reduce flood claims against the NFIP.
  2. Up to $70 million for Community Flood Mitigation Projects to address community flood risk for the purpose of reducing NFIP flood claim payments.

Remaining funding will be used for the following:

  1. Technical Assistance to maintain a viable FMA program over time. To be eligible to apply, the applicant must have received a Fiscal Year 2019 FMA Award of at least a $1 million federal share.
  2. Flood Hazard Mitigation Planning to plan subapplications for the flood hazard component of SLTT’s hazard mitigation plans and updates to plans.
  3. Individual Flood Mitigation Projects that mitigate the risk of flooding to individual NFIP insured structures.

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities

The BRIC program is a new program that replaces the Pre Disaster Mitigation Grant program. The PDM grant program was one of the root competitive grant programs offered by FEMA.

Available Funding (From FEMA Website)

For FY20, FEMA will distribute up to $500 million through the BRIC grant program in the following manner:

  1. State/Territory Allocation: $33.6 million (up to $600,000 per Applicant). All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories may apply under the State/Territory Allocation
  2. Tribal Set-Aside: $20 million. All Indian tribal governments (federally recognized) may apply under the Tribal Set-Aside.
  3. National Competition for Mitigation Projects: $446.4 million (estimated). Remaining funds which are not awarded from the State/Territory Allocation or Tribal Set-Aside will be included in the national competition.

The application period for these two grant opened up on September 30, 2020. The open application period runs until January 21, 2021.