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Earthquake Grants

FEMA administers several grant programs intended to reduce the risks to people and property posed by natural hazards. Although these programs are not dedicated exclusively to earthquakes, they can be valuable sources of funding for risk reduction efforts targeting earthquakes or earthquakes and other hazards at state or local levels. Below is information about these programs, current eligibility, and application guidance.

State Assistance

The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Earthquake State Assistance Program was created to increase and enhance the effective implementation of earthquake risk reduction at the local level.

Other FEMA Grant Programs

FEMA administers several grant programs intended to reduce the risks to people and property posed by natural hazards. Although these programs are not dedicated exclusively to earthquakes, they can be valuable sources of funding assistance for risk-reduction efforts targeting earthquakes or earthquakes and other hazards at state or local levels.

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) is a new FEMA pre-disaster hazard mitigation program that replaces the existing Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program and is a result of amendments made to Section 203 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) by Section 1234 of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 (DRRA).

The BRIC program guiding principles are supporting communities through capability- and capacity-building; encouraging and enabling innovation; promoting partnerships; enabling large projects; maintaining flexibility; and providing consistency.

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides grants for implementing long-term hazard mitigation measures following a Presidential disaster declaration. The intent is to help states, local governments, and other eligible recipients take advantage of mitigation opportunities that arise in the wake of a damaging earthquake or other natural disaster. This enables grantees to reduce the casualties and property losses that are likely to be incurred in future events.

The Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG) Program provides funds annually to U.S. states and territories for enhancing and sustaining all-hazards preparedness among state- and local-government emergency management agencies.

For more information about these programs, including the latest eligibility and application guidance, visit the links highlighted above. Information about other FEMA assistance programs is available at FEMA Grants and Assistance Programs.

Examples of Potential Grant-Supported Mitigation Activities

FEMA maintains the online Mitigation Best Practices Portfolio to document and share examples of successful mitigation activities. Many of the varied projects described in the portfolio were or could have been funded through the earthquake-relevant assistance programs described on this page. Consequently, the portfolio can serve as a fertile source of ideas for earthquake risk-reduction projects that may be eligible for assistance under these programs.

The portfolio includes activities targeted to many types of natural and man-made hazards. You can search for potential project ideas by hazard at Mitigation Best Practices Search. Keep in mind that some activities indexed under hazards other than earthquakes, such as tsunamis or landslides, could also have relevance for earthquake mitigation.

Last Updated: 
05/22/2020 - 11:21