The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program provides grants to state, local, tribal and territorial governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the HMGP is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster.
An eligible applicant may appeal any FEMA determination regarding applications submitted for funding under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The appeal process allows applicants to request a reconsideration of the decision against program requirements. There are two levels of appeals. The Regional Administrator decides first appeals. If the FEMA Regional Administrator denies the appeal, within 60 days, the the applicant may submit a second appeal. The FEMA Region will forward the applicant’s second appeal with a written recommendation to the Deputy Associate Administrator of Mitigation at FEMA Headquarters. If FEMA approves an appeal, FEMA will take the appropriate action to implement the decision.
For additional information about the appeals process, refer to Section 206.440 in the Code of Federal Regulations – Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
The Appeals Database is an online, searchable database containing FEMA responses to applicant appeals for assistance. The database houses HMGP second appeal records since 1988 and first level appeals since 2011. The purpose of the database is to inform the public on how program requirements are applied.
For more information on the terms used in the appeal database, users can reference the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program Digest for a brief summary of the basic program elements.
FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance datasets are also available through OpenFEMA.
This database contains historical records and some determinations may have been superseded by new guidance or policy. Questions can be emailed to the Grants Policy Branch.
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