On August 4, FEMA posted funding notices for two hazard mitigation grant programs totaling more than $660 million to be used on projects that will reduce future disaster losses.
The two grant programs, the Flood Mitigation Assistance grant and the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities, or BRIC, will provide funds for eligible mitigation activities to states, local communities, tribes, and territories.
The funding notices are available on Grants.gov. The application period opens on Sept. 30.
Eligible applicants must apply for funding using the new FEMA Grants Outcome (FEMA GO) and submit applications at FEMA Go Portal not later than 3 p.m. EST on Jan. 29, 2021. Applications received by FEMA after this deadline will not be considered for funding.
FEMA Offering Webinars
FEMA is offering informational webinars for interested applicants to provide an overview of the grant programs and details about the agency’s funding priorities and review process. The presentation materials as well as the time and call-in information is the same for each session.
Each webinar will be at 2 p.m. EST on Aug. 18, 20, and 25.
The webinar for tribal applicants will be held at 2 p.m. EST on Aug. 27.
Additional webinars are also scheduled about the new FEMA Grants Outcome (FEMA GO), the management system for these grant programs. The development of FEMA GO is a multi-year effort to modernize and transform the way FEMA conducts grants management. FEMA GO will streamline the process to apply for, track and manage FEMA grants.
In September, FEMA will host two webinars on “Avoiding Application Pitfalls.” Registration information for all upcoming webinars will be provided soon.
Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant
The National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 established the goal of reducing or eliminating claims under the National Flood Insurance Program through long-term mitigation actions. The agency’s predetermined funding priorities include flood mitigation planning and efforts for repetitive as well as severe repetitive loss properties.
In this application cycle, $160 million is available in Flood Mitigation Assistance grant funds. There is a set-aside of $70 million for community advance assistance and flood mitigation projects.
View the Notice of Funding Opportunity at: Grants.gov. Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-20-MT-029-000-99.
Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grants
The new BRIC grant program is for pre-disaster mitigation activities and replaces FEMA’s existing Pre-Disaster Mitigation program.
The BRIC priorities are to:
- incentivize public infrastructure projects.
- incentivize projects that mitigate risk to one or more lifelines.
- incentivize projects that incorporate nature-based solutions.
- incentivize the adoptions and enforcement of modern building codes.
View the NOFO at: Grants.gov
. Funding Opportunity Number: DHS-20-MT-047-00-99.