The June 1, 2010 Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Unified Guidance is available through the FEMA Library .
This guidance applies to Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds available for disaster declared on or after June 1, 2010. The guidance in this document is subject to change based on new laws or regulations enacted after June 1, 2010.
For guidance from previous Fiscal Years or disasters declared before June 1, 2010, please see the individual program pages listed below.
In order to be eligible for HMA, proposed activities must meet all requirements referenced in the current year HMA guidance. Eligible activities for HMA fall into the following categories:
- Mitigation Projects (all HMA programs);
- Hazard Mitigation Planning (HMGP, PDM, and FMA programs); and
- Management Costs (all HMA programs)
The Eligible HMA activities chart summarizes eligible activities that may be funded by the HMA programs. Detailed descriptions of these activities can be found in the current year HMA guidance.
For questions related to HMA applications and grants, Applicants and Grantees should review the HMA guidance posted above prior to the HMA policies.
HMA policies establish requirements and guidelines for project eligiblity and implementation of HMA grants. To see what HMA policies apply to your grant award or application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), please see FEMA's Mitigation Grant Policy Documents web page.
HMA grants have several resources that provide information on the HMA initiative. The links below take you to the FEMA Library where you can view the HMA fact sheet and brochure. These materials briefly describe the HMA initiative and the individual grant programs:
- Notice of Voluntary Interest Sample 1 (Multiple Property Owners / Townhall Format)
- Model Mitigation Offer
- Model Acknowledgement of Conditions for Mitigation in Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA)
FEMA has developed sample engineering case studies to provide the types of information and data needed to ensure completeness of the sections of project applications affecting engineering feasibility for several common mitigation measures. The Engineering Case Studies below are available from the FEMA Library:
- Minor Structural Flood Control Projects
- Wind Shutters
- Non-Structural Seismic Retrofit
- Structural Seismic Retrofit
In addition, FEMA developed an Engineering Help Module to clarify what is requested in the eGrants project sub-application, and provides information that would assist users in developing more complete applications. The Engineering Help Module is available from the FEMA Library.
FEMA is committed to complying with its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, in addition to all other applicable environmental and historic preservation (EHP) laws, regulations, and executive orders. Careful consideration of compliance issues from the earliest stages of project development and throughout the grant process lead to more efficient EHP compliance and result in successful HMA projects.
EHP at-a-Glance Guide: Project Planning with Considerations for EHP Compliance provides information on how to incorporate environmental and historic preservation considerations into your Hazard Mitigation Assistance application and project.