FEMA Releases Additional $50 Million in Funds for 2019 Mitigation Grant

FEMA is announcing an additional $50 million in funding available for the Fiscal Year 2019 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Flood Mitigation Assistance grant program. This increases the total amount of funding available from $160 million to $210 million, the largest in the program’s history.

FEMA recently identified funding for mitigation projects from prior grant cycles that were not completed or that were closed under budget. The recovered funds from those projects are now included in the 2019 grant cycle.

The Flood Mitigation Assistance grant program assists state, tribal, and territorial government applicants in building a culture of preparedness by strengthening our nation’s ability to reduce disaster suffering and protect life and property from future disaster damages. For the Fiscal Year 2019 grant cycle, the program will prioritize proposals that address community flood risk by setting aside $70 million for this purpose. From that $70 million, FEMA will seek to fund two types of community flood mitigation activities:

  • Up to $4 million will go towards advance assistance for flood mitigation design and development of community flood mitigation projects that will help to reduce flood claims.

  • Remaining funds from the $70 million will be used for mitigation projects that address community flood risk for the purpose of reducing National Flood Insurance Program flood claim payments.

At least $140 million of the remaining funding will be used for technical assistance, flood mitigation planning, and mitigation projects that reduce the risk of flooding to severe repetitive loss and repetitive loss properties.

Potential applicants may take additional funding and its requirements into consideration when submitting their grant applications. Applicants can review the Notice of Funding Opportunity for additional details such as eligibility, funding guidelines and evaluation criteria at https://www.fema.gov/media- library/resources-documents/collections/729.

The application period opened Sept. 30, 2019. Eligible applicants must apply for funding through the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal accessible at https://www.fema.gov/application-submittal. All applications must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Jan. 31, 2020. The program’s funding notice is available online at www.grants.gov and FEMA.gov.

Recorded webinars about the 2019 grant application period are available at: https://www.fema.gov/2019-nofo-webinar-schedule-hazard-mitigation-assistance-grants. Topics include a general overview of the Fiscal Year 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity and a tailored presentation for interested tribal applicants. “eGrants for Beginners,” provides information on how new grant applicants can access the grant system and where to go for help. “Avoiding Application Pitfalls,” details common pre-disaster mitigation grant application errors and how to avoid them.

There is also a two-part webinar series on energy lifelines mitigation projects and metrics hosted by FEMA and the Department of Energy. This webinar series provides information on innovative, energy-specific hazard mitigation projects; how to leverage federal grant funding available through FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant program; and resources that are available through the Department of Energy’s State Energy Program.

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