Olympia, WA -- Public agencies from across the state will have until April 30, 2001, to identify hazard mitigation projects that could be funded under grants from Nisqually Earthquake hazard mitigation money, according to Marty Best, state mitigation officer with the Washington Emergency Management Division (WEMD).
"We are seeking a wide range of projects that reduce hazard vulnerability and the potential of damage in a major disaster," said Best. Eligibility for funding under the HMGP is limited to State and local governments, certain private non-profit organizations or institutions that serve a public function with critical facilities, federally recognized tribal governments, or recognized Special Purpose Districts.
"Because of the large scale damage to public facilities in the Nisqually Earthquake disaster, as much as $41 million could be available for the hazard mitigation grants," Best said. The federal government pays for 75 percent of the grants, and 25 percent is a non-federal share.
Applicants must submit a letter of intent and a project fact sheet by April 30. After an initial review and approval of applicant letters, public agencies will prepare detailed applications for grants that will be awarded on a competitive basis next fall.
For more information about the hazard mitigation grant process, contact Lori Hergert, mitigation program coordinator, at (253) 512-7475. Information and forms for the hazard mitigation grants also may be found at the WEMD website http://www.emd.wa.gov/