FEMA places a high priority on supporting expeditious disaster recovery as well as appropriately managing obligations against the Disaster Relief Fund. To better advance both of these objectives, FEMA has rescinded the past practice of using the 6-month lock-in as a floor, or guaranteed minimum funding for Hazard Mitigation Grants Program. The new procedure states that the 12-month lock-in is the maximum amount available for HMGP.
FEMA will continue to develop HMGP estimates prior to 12 months after the disaster and recommends that applicants develop and submit projects early during the application period. FEMA will obligate up to 75 percent of any HMGP estimate made prior to 12 months. This change should not preclude grantees from submitting HMGP projects early in the recovery process.