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Mitigation Grants: Your Questions Answered Here!

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How many mitigation grant programs does FEMA offer?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has five grant programs to help communities reduce loss of life and property: 

  •          Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP),
  •          Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM),
  •          Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA), Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC), and
  •          Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL).

Who can apply for these mitigation grants?

Local governments/communities may apply as a sub-applicant through a state, territory or tribal government.  State agencies, tribal governments and in some cases, private nonprofits may also apply as sub-applicants.  Individuals are not eligible to apply for these grant programs.

What does a community have to do in order to be eligible for these mitigation grants?

A community must participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), if a project is located in a floodplain, and must have a current Mitigation Plan which meets the requirements of 44 CFR Part 201.

My community does not participate in the NFIP and/or has no Mitigation Plan, so why bother applying for these mitigation grants?

FEMA can help you join the NFIP!  Contact the Region 6 Floodplain Management and Insurance Branch at (940) 898-5127 to be directed to a specialist who can assist you.

Two of FEMA’s mitigation grants programs: HMGP and PDM can provide your community with funds to create and implement a Mitigation Plan.  Contact the Region 6 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Branch at (940) 898-5435 to be directed to a specialist who can assist you.

There have been no disasters in my area, so are these mitigation grants still available?

PDM, FMA, RFC and SRL are funded by Congress; they are not disaster dependent.  FEMA’s largest mitigation grant program, HMGP, is available when authorized under the Presidential major disaster declaration.

Where can I get information about mitigation grants, NFIP or other FEMA Mitigation topics?

There are a variety of informational websites available:

Last Updated: 
06/26/2012 - 14:45