Proposed Policy for the New Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Grant Program


A proposed policy is now available for comments for the new Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program. Stakeholders may view the policy and provide new comments until May 11, 2020, at regulations.gov. Type identification number FEMA-2019-0018 into the regulations.gov search function or view the proposed policy at this link.


Although FEMA recognizes there may be operational constraints for some to publicly comment during these challenging times, FEMA is proceeding with publishing the proposed BRIC policy for notice and public comment in order to keep program implementation on schedule.


In developing the proposed policy, FEMA spent months reaching out to stakeholders for input and has given serious consideration to the comments it received during the comprehensive engagement process in 2019.


To support the development of the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program, FEMA engaged in a comprehensive stakeholder engagement process in 2019 that leveraged an online crowd-sourcing platform, virtual and in-person listening sessions. FEMA heard from federal, state, tribal, and territorial stakeholders, as well as local partners, and members of the general public about the challenges they face in implementing mitigation projects and recommendations for how BRIC can be responsive to their mitigation needs at all levels of government.


In total, FEMA received 75 formal letters and approximately 5,000 comments with feedback from engagements and emails. The stakeholder feedback was compiled into a 72-page summary that provides information about the concerns expressed by stakeholders and their recommendations to address those concerns


What’s Next?

Following the review and adjudication of comments received on the proposed policy, FEMA anticipates finalizing the policy and releasing a Notice Of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) by the fall of 2020. This timing is subject to change. To learn more visit www.fema.gov/bric.


Background

The Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 provides FEMA with a unique and exciting opportunity to shift toward proactive investment in community resilience. Section 1234 amends Section 203 of the Stafford Act to ensure a steady stream of funding year-to-year for pre-disaster hazard mitigation projects. It allows FEMA to set aside six percent from the total amount of disaster assistance it provides for each disaster. The new grant program called Building Resilient Infrastructures and Communities (BRIC) replaces the existing Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program and is envisioned to support states, local communities, tribes and territories, as they undertake hazard mitigation projects reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards. This announcement comes after FEMA undertook a comprehensive stakeholder engagement effort in 2019 to learn from stakeholders the challenges they face in implementing mitigation projects and recommendations for how BRIC can be responsive to the complex resilience needs at all levels of government.

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