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Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) will support states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards.

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.

News and Announcements

For the Fiscal Year 2020 application cycle, through the National Competition, FEMA selected 22 large competitive projects based on the highest composite score until the funding amount available had been reached.

The benefits of these projects oftentimes extend to disadvantaged or underserved populations of larger communities, where access to health and human services, transportation and communications is a priority.

These projects also focus on protecting large and small community infrastructure, which helps ensure the continuity of vital services.

The 22 selected projects fell into seven categories of primary activity type: Elevation, Flood Control, Floodproofing, Relocation, Saferoom/Shelter, Utility and Infrastructure Protection, and Wildfire Management.

Learn more about the competitive project selections

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FEMA released the BRIC Notice of Funding Opportunity NOFO on Aug. 9, 2021. 

This funding opportunity is posted on FEMA’s Grants webpage and provides detailed program information and other grant application and administration requirements.

The application period to apply for Fiscal Year 2021 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) funding opened on Sept. 30, 2021 and will close at 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Jan. 28, 2022. 

FEMA encourages subapplicants and applicants to apply. There is $1 billion of BRIC funding available. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered for funding.

BRIC Program Development Timeline
This graphic illustrates the process and timing of the BRIC program for fiscal year 2021.

Since the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018  was signed into law, FEMA has developed the BRIC program to address National Public Infrastructure Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation (Provision 1234 ).

Get Details on the Application Requirements

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Mark your calendars for the 2021 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program Webinar Series—running from July 28 through October. Learn about these programs and how to apply for them.

View Dates, Times and How to Participate

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Fiscal Year 2020 Subapplication Status

On July 1, 2021, FEMA announced the selection of the Fiscal Year 2020 grants for the $700 million available through the Flood Mitigation Assistance and Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities programs. This selection announcement is not an award; it’s a decision on the status of all subapplications. While FEMA has announced the selections for Fiscal Year 2020, the actual awards are anticipated to be made beginning in late November 2021.

BRIC Timeline

BRIC Program Development Timeline
This graphic illustrates the process and timing of the BRIC program.

Since the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018  was signed into law, FEMA has developed the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program to address National Public Infrastructure Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation (Provision 1234 ).

Before, When and After You Apply for BRIC Funding

These sections answer your questions about applying for BRIC funding as you navigate through the application process.

Reducing Risk through Hazard Mitigation

The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program aims to categorically shift the federal focus away from reactive disaster spending and toward research-supported, proactive investment in community resilience. Examples of BRIC projects are ones that demonstrate innovative approaches to partnerships, such as shared funding mechanisms, and/or project design.

For example, an innovative project may bring multiple funding sources or in-kind resources from a range of private and public sector partners. Or an innovative project may offer multiple benefits to a community in addition to the benefit of risk reduction.

Through BRIC, FEMA continues to invest in a variety of mitigation activities with an added focus on infrastructure projects and Community Lifelines.


Additional Resources

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Program Support Materials

Visit our Resource List for BRIC for important resources to support building codes, partnerships, project scoping and more.

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This infographic summarizes the Building Resilient Infrastructures and Communities guiding principles; reviews the programs launch timeline; depicts who’s eligible to apply; and provides information about funding allocations and set-asides.

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Mitigation Action Portfolio

The Mitigation Action Portfolio highlights  an array of eligible hazard mitigation activities for funding. .

If you have a project to submit for FEMA’s consideration and inclusion in the Mitigation Action Portfolio, complete the Mitigation Action Portfolio (MAP) Submission Template.

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Building Community Resilience with Nature-Based Solutions: A Guide for Local Communities (2021) helps communities identify and engage the staff and resources that can play a role in building resilience with nature-based solutions. While nature-based solutions have many hazard mitigation benefits, they can also help a community meet its climate change, social, environmental and economic goals. The guide presents the business case, provides background information and practical advice for planning and implementation on nature-based solutions..

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FEMA GO is the grants management system to use for applying for the Building Resilient Infrastructures and Communities and Flood Mitigation Assistance non-disaster hazard mitigation grant programs. 

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On March 17, 2021, FEMA published the summary of applications and subapplications received for the 2020 Hazard Mitigation Assistance annual non-disaster grant cycle.

For this BRIC grant cycle, $500 million is available, and FEMA received requests for $3.6 billion in applications.  


Summary of Stakeholder Feedback

To support the development of the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program, FEMA engaged in a comprehensive stakeholder engagement process in 2019 that leveraged an online crowd-sourcing platform, virtual and in-person listening sessions. FEMA heard from federal, state, tribal, and territorial stakeholders, as well as local partners, and members of the general public about the challenges they face in implementing mitigation projects and recommendations for how BRIC can be responsive to their mitigation needs at all levels of government. 

In total, FEMA received 75 formal letters and approximately 5,000 comments with feedback from engagements and emails. The stakeholder feedback was compiled into a 72-page summary that provides information about the concerns expressed by stakeholders and their recommendations to address those concerns.

Last updated September 16, 2021