The application period for FEMA’s fiscal year 2020 Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grants under the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and new Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) programs is now open. Eligible applicants must apply for funding through the FEMA Grants Outcomes (GO) system. All applications must be submitted no later than 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on January 29, 2021.
These two competitive grant programs provide states, local communities, tribes and territories funding for eligible mitigation activities to reduce the risks they face and the impact of future disasters. For FY20, a total of $660 million in funding is available for FMA and BRIC. FEMA will distribute up to $160 million through the FMA grant program, and a record-breaking $500 million of pre-disaster mitigation funding is available through the new BRIC program. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered for funding.
The new FEMA Grants Outcomes (GO) system allows users to apply, track, and manage disaster and non-disaster grants. It also improves oversight and monitoring.
Webinars and Program Resources
To prepare grant applicants for successful application submissions and awards for fiscal year 2020 funding, FEMA hosted a series of webinars to introduce BRIC concepts and provided an overview of the Notices of Funding Opportunities. Watch the videos and or read the transcripts. You can also access a robust library of readily accessible program support materials for the BRIC and FMA programs.
In the coming weeks, FEMA will host a webinar to discuss its Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant program cost share requirements. Join HMA program subject matter experts for an engaging conversation about the cost share requirements for Flood Mitigation Assistance, Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities, and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. More details coming soon!
To learn more about HMA cost share requirements, view the HMA Cost Share Guide.
FEMA finalized the Ecosystem Service Benefits in Benefit-Cost Analysis policy on September 28, 2020. This comes just in time for the opening of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance non-disaster grant application period for fiscal year 2020. Ecosystem service benefits are positive effects provided to people by nature, such as aesthetic value, air quality, recreation space, and water filtration. FEMA recognizes the natural environment is an important component of a community’s resilience strategy and this new policy encourages the use of nature-based solutions in mitigation projects. The policy also removes barriers to allow consideration of ecosystem service benefits for a project, regardless of the Benefit-Cost Ratio (BCR) value.
FEMA aligned this policy with other Benefit-Cost Analysis guidance for the Federal government guidance and to reduce the complexity of Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) programs. Learn more about the Ecosystem Service Benefits in Benefit-Cost Analysis policy.
FEMA has posted updates to mitigation regulations in the Federal Register for a public comment period open through October 27, 2020.
The notices published provide updates to the Flood Mitigation Assistance grant program and mitigation planning regulations that align with the requirements enacted by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW-12). They also replace outdated terms and definitions to better align with legal requirements in the Code of Federal Regulations Title 2 part 200: Uniform Administrative Guidance.
The public is invited to submit comments, identified by Docket ID: FEMA-2019-0011, by one of the following methods:
Over the past 25 years the agricultural industry has changed significantly. To keep up with changes, earlier this year FEMA issued the Floodplain Management Requirements for Agricultural Structures and Accessory Structures policy. In order to clarify and refine the requirements in that policy, FEMA has released a new guidance bulletin. The guidance acknowledges the unique characteristics and uses of agricultural and accessory structures within Special Flood Hazard Areas to ensure sound development and promote public health, safety, and welfare.
The guidance document clarifies the definition of agricultural structures and accessory structures and establishes a clear, consistent process for ensuring compliance with National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) design and performance standards for those structures. It should be used as a reference for floodplain managers and those involved in regulating, planning, designing, and constructing agricultural structures and accessory structures in Special Flood Hazard Areas.
Learn more about the Floodplain Management Agricultural Structures Policy online