Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

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This is the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) homepage. The purpose of this page is to provide general information on the HMGP program.

Program Overview

The purpose of the HMGP program is to help communities implement hazard mitigation measures following a Presidential major disaster declaration.  Hazard mitigation is any action taken to reduce or eliminate long term risk to people and property from natural hazards.  The HMPG is authorized under Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

For a list of declarations, please visit www.fema.gov/disasters

Applicant/Subapplicant Eligibility

Below is a flowchart explaining the process individual homeowners, businesses, subapplicants and applicants must go through in order to apply for HMGP and how this process leads to FEMA.

The HMGP Application Process

The following is a list of governments and organizations that can sponsor an application:

  • States
  • Territories
  • Federally-recognized tribes
  • Local communities
  • Private non-profit organizations

Application Process

States, territories, or federally-recognized tribal governments administer the HMGP program and prioritize projects.  Because HMGP funding is limited, they must make difficult decisions as to the most effective use of grant funds.  After reviewing project applications to determine if they meet the program’s requirements, the states, territories, or federally-recognized tribal governments forward the applications to FEMA for review and approval.

FEMA awards the HMGP funds to the Applicant, which disburses those funds to its subapplicants, generally the local governments.  Homeowners may start their projects once notified by their local/ tribal/state government official.  Work started prior to FEMA review and approval is ineligible for funding. 

Please contact your State Hazard Mitigation Officer, or federally-recognized tribal/local government official to obtain information on the HMGP application process. 

Recent Updates

02/27/2015 - FEMA has released the Fiscal Year 15 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance and Addendum.  This document is applicable for disasters declared on or after February 27, 2015.  

02/27/2015 - FEMA has released 23 resources and job aids for the Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs.

Additional Resources

How to Apply for and Manage Grants

Eligible Projects Chart

Guidance Documents

Grant Resources

Last Updated: 
06/17/2015 - 10:17
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