FEMA Grants Overview

Presentations on HMA at 2022 KAMM Conference

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Overview – Geni Jo Brawner, KYEM

HMA Grant Application Development- Esther White and Brittany Duvall, UK Hazard Mitigation Grants Program and KYEM

Types of FEMA Grants

Grants and government funding can feel overwhelming while trying to find the right program for you or your organization.  Please take the time to read through eligibility and use FEMA’s guidance and tools to help.

Hazard Mitigation

Funds for reducing or removing risk before a disaster.


  • Annual funds for planning and projects
  • Flood damage reduction
  • Facility retrofitting
  • Forest or grassland fire management

Link to Hazard Mitigation

FEMA Releases Updated HMA Guidance

FEMA released updated and consolidated guidance to help grant applicants successfully navigate its mitigation grant programs to enhance climate resiliency. Following a multi-year effort and robust community engagement, FEMA updated the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program and Policy Guide to reduce complexities and increase stakeholder accessibility to resilience grant programs. This is the first update to the guide since 2015, and it now incorporates climate change and future conditions, equity, building codes, capability and capacity building, nature-based solutions and community lifelines as key principles for its grant programs. It also covers a new program created since the last version, Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC). State, local, tribal and territorial governments can use the guide to help them through the Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant lifecycle process.

Download the HMA Guidance and Other Resources

Preparedness Grants

Preparedness grants support our citizens and first responders to ensure we work together as a nation to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate terrorism and other high-consequence disasters and emergencies.

Non-disaster funds to support citizens and first responders.


  • Cybersecurity
  • Public transportation systems
  • Firefighters and Law enforcement
  • Training

Link to Preparedness Grants

Preparedness Grants Manual

Recipients should refer to the Preparedness Grants Manual for guidance on:

  • Policies and procedures
  • Program-specific information
  • Rules and regulations

Available Preparedness Grants

Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program

The Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFGP) funds critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel, enhance efficiencies and support community resilience. This program is comprised of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG), Fire Prevention & Safety (FP&S) grants and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants.

Emergency Management Baseline Assessment Grant Program

The Emergency Management Baseline Assessment Grant (EMBAG) program provides non-disaster funding to support developing, maintaining, and revising voluntary national-level standards and peer-review assessment processes for emergency management and using these standards and processes to assess state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency management programs and professionals.

Emergency Management Performance Grant

The Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) provides state, local, tribal and territorial emergency management agencies with the resources required for implementation of the National Preparedness System and works toward the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation

Emergency Operations Center Grant Program

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Grant Program is intended to improve emergency management and preparedness capabilities by supporting flexible, sustainable, secure, strategically located, and fully interoperable EOCs with a focus on addressing identified deficiencies and needs.

Homeland Security Grant Program

The Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) includes a suite of risk-based grants to assist state, local, tribal and territorial efforts in preventing, protecting against, mitigating, responding to and recovering from acts of terrorism and other threats. This program is comprised of the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP), Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) and Operation Stonegarden (OPSG)

Resilience Grants – Dam Safety

The National Dam Safety Program State Assistance Grant Awards provide assistance to encourage the establishment and maintenance of effective State programs intended to ensure dam safety, to protect human life and property, and to improve State dam safety programs.

The states use NDSP funds for the following types of activities:

  • Dam safety training for state personnel
  • Increase in the number of dam inspections
  • Increase in the submittal and testing of Emergency Action Plans
  • More timely review and issuance of permits
  • Improved coordination with state emergency preparedness officials
  • Identification of dams to be repaired or removed
  • Conduct dam safety awareness workshops and creation of dam safety videos and other outreach materials

Learn about grants to help states promote dam safety, as well as funds available to rehabilitate eligible “high-hazard potential” dams.


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