FEMA HMA Grant Resources & Guidelines


FEMA MITIGATION GRANT PROGRAMS


Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

Section 404

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.


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.


Follow the links:

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


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.


Links to Guidance


FEMA GUIDANCE


Hazard Mitigation Applications Moves to FEMA’s New Grants Management System

FEMA’s new online grants management system is operational for hazard mitigation grant funding notices and awards. 

The system, called FEMA Grants Outcomes, or FEMA GO, is the result of a multi-year effort to modernize and transform the way FEMA conducts grants management.  The Federal Fiscal Year 2020 Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant programs will use the FEMA GO system.

FEMA GO must be used to apply for funding through FMA or the new BRIC grant programs. The legacy FMA and PDM projects will continue to reside in eGrants.

FEMA has provided FEMA GO training to staff in its 10 regional offices, and to the offices of their respective state, local community, tribes and territories.  Additional training and readily accessible program support will be published on FEMA.gov as it becomes available. 

There will also be a FEMA GO Help Desk to offer support with creating and submitting FMA and BRIC grant applications.  For more information, visit www.fema.gov/grants/guidance-tools/fema-go


Mitigation Action Portfolio

September 7, 2020

The FEMA Mitigation Action Portfolio is a resource to introduce stakeholders to the BRIC grant program. The portfolio includes an array of eligible hazard mitigation activities.

Projects highlighted in this portfolio are meant to exemplify successful hazard mitigation that also enhances a culture of preparedness and holistic disaster resilience. 

FEMA hopes these project examples inspire stakeholders to think big and bold in addressing natural hazards, while also considering additional benefits that can be achieved beyond reducing economic and human costs from disasters. 

Link to Mitigation Action Portfolio.


Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) 2020 Webinar Recap

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) will support states, local communities, tribes and territories, as they undertake hazard mitigation projects reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards. BRIC is a new FEMA pre-disaster hazard mitigation program that replaces the existing Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program and is a result of amendments made to Section 203 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) by Section 1234 of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 (DRRA).

  • Week 1: Introduction to Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant Program
  • Week 2: Meaning of the BRIC Name
  • Week 3: BRIC and Building Codes
  • Week 4: BRIC and Community Lifelines
  • Week 5: BRIC and Nature-Based Solutions

Videos and Presentations:  Watch the video recordings and download copies of the presentations from the sessions, as they become available.

To learn more about Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC), visit https://www.fema.gov/bric.


FY15 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance

This guidance applies to HMGP disasters declared on or after February 27, 2015, unless indicated otherwise. This guidance is also applicable to the PDM and FMA program.

February 27, 2015

Download Document


FY15 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance Addendum

This addendum supplements the information provided in the HMA Guidance.

February 26, 2015

Download Document


FY15 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance Fact Sheet

This document provides general information on the FY15 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance.

March 3, 2015

Download Document


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.


To learn more about the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Programs, visit: https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance

View the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Resources page here: https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance-hma-grant-resources