Current Funding and Grant Opportunities

  

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

Rural Community Facilities

May 24, 2017

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that USDA is seeking applications for technical assistance and training grants in the Community Facilities program.

“Too often, rural community organizations lack the technical expertise they need to access federal dollars,” Perdue said. “These technical assistance and training grants will help rural organizations overcome hurdles that prevent them from fully utilizing the Community Facilities Program. Increased access to federal funding will help build essential community facilities, and will allow rural areas to thrive.”

The grants are being provided through the Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program. Congress authorized this new program in the 2014 Farm Bill to help rural communities develop their applications for Community Facilities loans and grants.

Communities can use the grants to hire specialized personnel, pay for feasibility studies, retain consultants to prepare financial assistance applications and identify and plan for long-term community facilities needs.

Providing technical assistance will help more rural communities qualify for loans and grants. Many often lack access to specialized personnel who complete financial and environmental analyses, for example. These analyses often must be included in applications for USDA loans and grants.  Public bodies, non-profit organizations and Federally-recognized Tribes are eligible to apply for this funding. The maximum grant is $150,000.

Interested applicants may find more information about this program on page 23525 of the May 23, 2017, Federal Register.

Community Facilities programs help underserved rural communities develop essential community services, which in turn helps attract investments, create and retain jobs and businesses, and retain residents.  USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.

For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.

 

State Flood Control Matching Grant Program

What: The Flood Control Program uses state bond funds as grants to help meet cost-share match requirements associated with projects funded by the U.S. Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The type of projects previously funded included small dam reconstruction, acquisition and relocation of homes from floodprone areas, debris removal created by tornadoes and construction of floodwalls and elevation of structures about the floodplain.  The fund has also been used to participate in flood studies for future projects.

Who Can Apply: Cities, counties, special districts and area development districts are eligible for grants

Application Process: The application for these funds are accepted year round.  There is no maximum grant amount.  A local match is required.  The program is coordinated by the Flood Control Commission.

For more information, contact Gabe Nickell.  Link to to download the Flood Control Application.

 

HMGP UPDATES

HMA Introduces New, More User-Friendly Online Resources

June 2017

Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) is pleased to introduce its newly revised and reformatted Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) online content. The user-friendly content is designed to help visitors easily locate general information about the program.  Online tools and resource materials are now aligned and consolidated more intuitively into the following categories: individual, state or local government or federally-recognized tribes.  Also, best practice stories are now available in both story and video formats.

The second phase of the redesign will be to revise the grants specific information for Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and consolidate the tools and resources in more defined ways. To browse through the new HMGP content, visit www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program.The overarching redesign work is being done in two phases. The first phase, the HMGP webpage, is completed and was recently unveiled at the Annual Mitigation Stakeholders Workshop in Emmitsburg, Maryland. A visitor to the webpage is encouraged to select a category of interest – individual, state or local government or federally-recognized tribe. In each section there is an easy-to-use navigation tool to access specific information about fact sheets, job aids, loss avoidance studies, program and project information, etc. 

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Guide for State/Local Governments:  The information is general and intended for mitigation staff that are relatively new to the HMGP process. Information contained in this section covers the HMGP lifecycle from a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to Closeout. Link to more information, https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program-guide-state/local-governments

For more information,  https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program.

 

Online Webinar Series Focuses on Procurements Under Disaster Grants

June 2017

FEMA’s Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) recently published an eight-part webinar series on the FEMA website offering detailed information for recipients and sub-recipients of FEMA disaster grants as they navigate the federal procurement process. The video modules were produced by OCC’s Procurement Disaster Assistance Team (PDAT), and are not intended to be a substitute for legal advice or live procurement under grants training.  The webinars describe procurement standards under the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (also known as the “Uniform Rules”), (2 C.F.R. §§ 200.317-.326).

FEMA recommends watching the webinars in sequential order.  Topics discussed include, in part; the roles of federal and non-federal entities in the procurement under grants process; rules applicable to states, including state agencies; rules applicable to local governments, tribes, and nonprofits, sometimes collectively referred to as non-Federal Entities (NFEs); competition and procurement methods that apply to NFEs; socioeconomic contracting; pre-procurement document review and bonding requirements for NFEs; procurement of recovered materials or required contract provisions; and the differences between the current procurement standards and previous procurement standards.

The webinars may be useful for FEMA stakeholders in the public, private, tribal, or non-profit sectors or any other emergency management personnel working on procurements under grants.  Please visit www.fema.gov/procurement-disaster-assistance-team to watch the webinar series and learn more about important procurement legal standards under FEMA disaster grants.

 

 

New Hazard Mitigation Assistance Information Available

February 24, 2017

Hazard mitigation projects that reduce the impacts of flood and drought conditions include aquifer storage and recovery (ASR), flood diversion and storage (FDS), and floodplain and stream restoration (FSR).  Additional information is now available to help communities applying for Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grants comply with application requirements for these types of projects.  The documents provide more detailed information on the ASR, FDS, and FSR projects, the information needed for a Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant application, potential resources, and examples. 

Follow the Links:

For more information: visit Mitigating Flood and Drought Conditions Under Hazard Mitigation Assistance.

 

Cost Estimating Principles for HMA Applications

In May 2017, FEMA’s HMA Division held a webinar to share cost estimating principles for HMA applications.  Presenters provided general principles for reviewing cost estimates for HMA projects, a process for determining “reasonable costs” as part of the grant application review, and resources where you can get more detailed information and examples.  View the webinar and download the presentation.  

 

FEMA Benefit Cost Toolkit Version 5.3

January 10, 2017  

The Benefit Cost Tool Version 5.3 is used to perform benefit cost analysis for applications submitted under FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Programs.  To use this tool, you must link to FEMA’s Benefit Cost Toolkit Version 5.3 to download the compressed file , extract and save the file in one folder on your computer. While the program is installing, additional file sets will be downloaded from the internet. Make sure to maintain access to the internet until the program is fully installed.  If you have any questions about the new BCA software program, please contact the BC Helpline at bchelpline@dhs.gov or at 1-855-540-6744. 

 

Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) Recovery Branch

Link to the kyem website for detailed information.  http://kyem.ky.gov/recovery/Pages/default.aspx.