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. BRIC is a new FEMA pre-disaster hazard mitigation program that replaces the existing Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program.
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.
On August 4, 2020, FEMA announced the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Notification of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) for the new BRIC pre-disaster mitigation grant program and the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program.
Visit the FY20 HMA NOFO webpage for detailed information about applying for funding through FEMA’s HMA pre-disaster mitigation grant programs.
Summer Engagement Series
This July, we hosted a Summer Engagement Series to discuss key elements of the newly developed BRIC program.
View recordings and presentations from the sessions describing the program and how it relates to building codes, Community Lifelines, nature-based solutions and more.
Reducing Risk through Hazard Mitigation
The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program aims to categorically shift the federal focus away from reactive disaster spending and toward research-supported, proactive investment in community resilience. FEMA anticipates BRIC funding projects 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 stakeholders or offer multiple benefits to a community in addition to the benefit of risk reduction.
Through BRIC, FEMA will continue to invest in a variety of mitigation activities with an added focus on infrastructure projects and Community Lifelines.
Where Are We Now?
Since the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 (DRRA) was signed into law, FEMA has been working to develop the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program.
FEMA published notice of the BRIC proposed policy in the Federal Register for public comment, which closed on May 11, 2020.
While FEMA is finalizing the BRIC policy, a NOFO was released on August 4, 2020. The NOFO is posted on grants.gov and provides detailed program information and other grant application and administration requirements.
In preparation for the application period opening to apply for FEMA pre-disaster grants through BRIC, FEMA is offering, and strongly encourages applicants to participate in, a series of informational webinars for interested applicants to provide an overview of the grant programs and details about the agency’s funding priorities and review process. See a complete list of NOFO webinar dates and times. Registration information will be available soon.
Additional webinars are also scheduled about the new FEMA Grants Outcome (FEMA GO), which is now the management system for BRIC and FMA. The development of FEMA GO is a multi-year effort to modernize and transform the way FEMA conducts grants management. FEMA GO will streamline the process to apply for, track, and manage FEMA grants.
In September, FEMA is also hosting two webinars on “Avoiding Application Pitfalls.”
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.
Featured Guide: Nature-Based Solutions
Building Community Resilience with Nature-Based Solutions: A Guide for Local Officials will help communities identify and engage the staff and resources that can play a role in building resilience with nature-based solutions. The guide provides background information on nature-based solutions; presents the business case; and provides practical advice for planning and implementation.