Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)

How does the administrations recent budget proposal impact DRRA funding sources? 

As a matter of fact, funding levels for mitigation are expected to increase. Some new legislation signed in 2018, the Disaster Recovery Reform Act, authorized the National Public Infrastructure Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation fund (Section 1234). This fund will be funded through the Disaster Relief Fund as a six percent set aside from estimated disaster grant expenditures.

This allows for a greater investment in mitigation before a disaster. This new program is named Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC). FEMA is conducting outreach on developing and implementing the BRIC program right now, with a goal of providing Notice of Funding opportunities in the Winter of 2020.

Similarly, the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) and other water funding sources are also on the rise. In 2018, over $5 billion in loans and guarantees were authorized. Green Infrastructure and similar water quality approaches are encouraged to be part of the solution to water infrastructure.