FEMA HMA Grant Resources & Guidelines

Did you Know?

  • FEMA generally doesn’t reimburse debris removal unless the debris is threatening infrastructure
  • KYTC bridge inspections may be needed to be eligible for FEMA funding
  • FEMA may help stabilize landslides if there is a threat to life, health, safety, or infrastructure
  • FEMA may repair landslides permanently; a geotechnical investigation may be required


FEMA MITIGATION GRANT PROGRAMS

Section 406 Public Assistance (PA)

PA is a post-disaster program established under Section 406 of the Stafford Act—it is jointly administered by FEMA and the Commonwealth.  As part of the reimbursements made to restore damaged public facilities, public assistance funds may be made available for cost-effective mitigation measures undertaken as part of the recovery.  The amount of Section 406 Mitigation funds made available in any given disaster is based on a project-by-project evaluation of the feasibility and cost effectiveness of mitigation measures.

Link to KYEM’s overview and guidelines at Public Assistance Stafford Act Section 406 Mitigation .


Section 404 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

HMGP is a post-disaster program established under Section 404 of the Stafford Act.  It offers funding to states, communities, and other eligible recipients to invest in long-term measures that will reduce vulnerability to future natural hazards.  The Commonwealth, through KY Emergency Management, has a strong role in administering HMGP with FEMA providing oversight.

General guidelines and resources for this program can be found on the FEMA website at https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program.


Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM)

PDM established under Section 203 of the Stafford Act, is a nationally competitive grant program designed to assist states and communities to develop mitigation plans and implement mitigation projects.  PDM funds are appropriated annually.

PDM program guidance and other information can be found on the FEMA website https://www.fema.gov/pre-disaster-mitigation-grant-program.


Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)

FMA is a grant program funded by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and focused on buildings that are insured by the NFIP, with particular attention to buildings that have received multiple flood insurance payments.


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General guidelines and resources for this program can be found on the FEMA website https://www.fema.gov/flood-mitigation-assistance-grant-program.


Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program – BRIC

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Description

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC), will be funded through the Disaster Relief Fund as a six percent set aside from estimated disaster grant expenditures. BRIC, focuses on reducing the nation’s risk by funding public infrastructure projects that increase a community’s resilience before a disaster affects an area.

As a federal disaster mitigation program, BRIC allows FEMA to invest grant monies in infrastructure projects before a disaster affects an area.  Examples of interest areas include infrastructure mitigation projects; hazard mitigation planning; building codes and enforcement; and risk informed funding.


Webinar Series 2019: Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities

A series of webinars held in June 2019 provided a brief overview of the BRIC program development and facilitated an open conversation with stakeholders through the chat platform.

All four webinars are recorded and available on FEMA’s website. Link to the webinar info.


FEMA GUIDANCE


BCA Toolkit Version 6.0

July 23, 2019

FEMA released the BCA Toolkit Version 6.0.   Version 6.0 replaces previous versions of the BCA Toolkit with the exception of the seismic building retrofit BCAs (see note below).

Some major features of Version 6.0 include:

  • Excel-based platform
  • Compatible with both Windows and Macintosh operating systems
  • Streamlined user interface and improved user experience
  • Reduction in the number of manual-input data fields
  • Improved help content
  • Improved report formatting

Note:  Users should continue to utilize version 5.3 to conduct BCAs for seismic building retrofit projects (structure and non-structural).   See the release notes for additional details.


HMGP Additional 5% Initiative for Promoting Resilience through Disaster-Resistant Building Codes

April 2018

This Fact Sheet Clarifying Building Code Elements provides Recipients and subrecipients of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds with additional information on how to implement the Additional 5 percent Initiative as changed by the FY 15 Hazard Mitigation Assistance GuidanceFEMA’s intention in supporting the adoption and enforcement of building codes is to promote resilience by using disaster-resistant practices.  A building is considered disaster resistant when it not only protects its occupants but can also be quickly repaired and re-occupied because damage from natural disasters is minimized.

The Additional 5 % Initiative is funding that has been set aside under the HMGP to help communities enhance disaster resilience related to building codes, such as adopting the current International Building Code® and improving a community’s Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS) score.  A building is considered disaster resistant when it not only protects its occupants but can also be quickly repaired and re-occupied because damage from natural disasters is minimized.


HMA Cost Share Guide

May 2016

The Hazard Mitigation Assistance Cost Share Guidance is a tool for Applicants, Subapplicants and FEMA to assist with understanding match requirements for FEMA’s HMA grants. The Guide encourages early coordination for cost share strategies and provides helpful examples for various approaches such as donated resources for the non-Federal cost share.  

Download the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Cost Share Guide.


EHP at-a-Glance Guide –

Project Planning with Considerations for EHP Compliance

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Environmental Historical Preservation (EHP) at-a-Glance Guide Project Planning with Considerations for EHP Compliance This document provides information on how to incorporate environmental and historic preservation considerations into your grant application and project.

Link to the EHP Guide.

Also Link to Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) Fact Sheet: Debris Removal Activities


EGrants Guidance

This collection of Mitigation eGrants reference documents, which include  guides, frequently asked questions and job aids, will help MT eGrants users work through many system issues.