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Before You Apply for Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Funds

Funding

Eligibility

Capability- and Capacity-Building Activities

Technical Assistance & Resources

Cost Share & Pre-Award Costs

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) funds may be used for:

Existing project types detailed in the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance for the Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant program are still eligible under BRIC. Projects must:

  • Be cost-effective
  • Reduce or eliminate risk and damage from future natural hazards
  • Meet either of the two latest International Building Codes (i.e. 2015 or 2018)
  • Align with the applicable hazard mitigation plan
  • Meet all environmental and historic preservation (EHP) requirements
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A sampling of eligible project types is profiled in the BRIC Mitigation Action Portfolio (MAP) and serve as case studies in innovative mitigation at a variety of project scales.

Funding

For FY20, FEMA will distribute up to $500 million through the BRIC program in the following manner.

State/Territory Allocation

$33.6 million (up to $600,000 per Applicant). All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories may apply under the State/Territory Allocation.

Tribal Set-Aside

$20 million. All Tribal governments (federally recognized) may apply under the Tribal Set-Aside.

National Competition for Mitigation Projects

$446.4 million (estimated). Remaining funds that are not awarded from the State/Territory Allocation or Tribal Set-Aside will be included in the national competition.

Eligibility

Eligible states, territories, and Tribal governments (federally recognized) can submit applications on behalf of subapplicants for BRIC funding via FEMA Grants Outcomes (GO), the new grants management system to support FEMA grant programs.

Homeowners, business operators, and non-profit organizations cannot apply directly to FEMA, but can be included in a subapplication submitted by an eligible subapplicant. For more information please contact your local government or state to apply for BRIC funding.

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Infographic: Who is eligible for BRIC funding? Applicants in all 50 states, U.S. territories, federally recognized tribes, District of Columbia. Subapplicants in local governments, Indian Indian tribal governments, state agencies and tribal agencies.

Applicants and Subappliants

Applicants often determine mitigation priorities, which are generally aligned with BRIC visions and goals. Contacting the State Hazard Mitigation Officer (SHMO), or equivalent representative for a respective Tribal government (federally recognized) or territory can be helpful in choosing which hazards pose the greatest threat and determining the best strategy for mitigation. From these broad mitigation strategies, subapplicants weigh public interest while targeting specific mitigation projects beneficial to their communities.

Entities interested in creating BRIC subapplications may contact town/city/county managers, planning, and/or emergency management offices within local governments, including cities, townships, counties, special district governments, and tribal governments. For local governments, please contact your State Hazard Mitigation Officer to learn about the applicant’s priorities, deadlines, and additional requirements.

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants may include states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and Tribal governments (federally recognized). Federally recognized tribal governments are those under the Federally Recognized Indian Tribe List Act of 1994.
  • Each state, the District of Columbia, territory, and Tribal government (federally recognized) shall designate one agency to serve as the Applicant for BRIC funding. Each Applicant’s designated agency may submit only one BRIC grant application to FEMA. An application can be made up of an unlimited number of subapplications.
  • Applicants must have a FEMA-approved State or Tribal Hazard Mitigation Plan by the application deadline and at the time of obligation of grant funds.
  • State or territory: Must have received a major disaster declaration under the Stafford Act in the 7 years prior to the annual grant application period start date. Currently, all states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and Tribal governments (federally recognized) meet this requirement.
  • Tribal government (federally recognized): Must have received a major disaster declaration under the Stafford Act in the 7 years prior to the annual grant application period start date or be entirely or partially located in a state that received a major disaster declaration in the 7 years prior to the annual grant application period start date. Currently, all states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and Tribal governments (federally recognized) meet this requirement.

SUBAPPLICANT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Local governments, including cities, townships, counties, special district governments, state agencies, and Tribal governments (including federally recognized tribes who choose to apply as subapplicants) are considered subapplicants and must submit subapplications to their state/territory/tribal applicant agency.
  • Subapplicants must have a FEMA-approved Local or Tribal Hazard Mitigation Plan by the application deadline and at the time of obligation of grant funds for mitigation projects and C&CB activities (with the exception of mitigation planning).
  • Tribal governments (federally recognized) and non-federally recognized tribes can choose to apply as a subapplicant to an eligible state or territory.
  • If a tribe requests to apply through the state, the state must have received a major disaster declaration under the Stafford Act in the 7 years prior to the annual grant application period start date.

Capability- and Capacity-Building (C&CB) Activities

Capability- and Capacity-Building (C&CB) activities enhance the knowledge, skills, expertise, etc., of the current workforce to expand or improve the administration of mitigation assistance. This includes activities in the following sub-categories:

  • Building codes activities
  • Partnerships
  • Project scoping
  • Mitigation planning and planning-related activities
  • And other activities

FY 2020 Funding for Capability- and Capacity-Building (C&CB)

C&CB activities can only be submitted under the State/Territory Allocation and Tribal Set-Aside.

The State/Territory Allocation includes $33.6 million (up to $600,000 per Applicant) for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

The Tribal Set-Aside includes $20 million under which all Tribal governments (federally recognized) may apply. Each tribal applicant may apply for up to $600,000 for C&CB activities under the Tribal Set-Aside.

C&CB Subcategories

Building codes activities are a sub-category of C&CB activities, and applicants can apply their entire $600,000 allocation for C&CB activities to building code activities under the State/Territory Allocation and Tribal Set-Aside.

Project scoping (previously known as Advanced Assistance) is a sub-category of C&CB activities, and applicants can apply their entire $600,000 allocation for C&CB activities to project scoping under the State/Territory Allocation and Tribal Set-Aside.

Mitigation planning activities are a sub-category of C&CB activities and can be submitted under the State/Territory Allocation and Tribal Set-Aside. Under the allocation, only up to $300,000 may be used for mitigation planning and planning-related activities. The Tribal Set-Aside includes $20 million under which all Tribal governments (federally recognized) may apply. Under the Tribal Set-Aside, up to $300,000 of the C&CB activities cap (federal share) may be used for mitigation planning and planning-related activities per Applicant.

Technical Assistance and Resources

FEMA offers technical assistance resources to communities including:

Visit the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) page for more program information.

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Contact us by calling the HMA Helpline at 1-866-222-3580, or finding your State Hazard Mitigation Officer (SHMO).

Cost Share Requirements and Pre-Award Costs

A non-federal cost share is required for all subapplications funded under BRIC and may consist of cash, donated or third-party in-kind services, materials, or any combination thereof. The cost share for BRIC is as follows:

  • Generally, the cost share is 75 percent federal/25 percent non-federal.
  • Small impoverished communities are eligible for an increase in cost share up to 90 percent federal/10 percent non-federal.
  • For insular areas, including American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, FEMA automatically waives the non-federal cost share for the Recipient when the non-federal cost share for the entire Award is under $200,000. The Applicant may request the waiver in its Application.
  • One exception to the cost share requirement is FEMA will provide 100 percent federal funding for Applicant and subapplicant management costs.

Pre-Award Costs

Pre-award costs are directly related to developing the BRIC grant application or subapplication. Applicants and subapplicants who are not granted awards or subawards will not receive reimbursement for the corresponding pre-award costs.

Pre-award costs are incurred prior to the date of the grant award. There is no start date for when they can be incurred.  They can be incurred any time prior to award. 

Examples of pre-award costs include gathering National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) data, developing a Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA), preparing design specifications, or conducting workshops related to development and submission of subapplications. Costs associated with implementation of proposed projects in the submitted grant application or subapplication that are incurred prior to the date of the grant award are not allowed. Activities initiated or completed prior to the date of the grant award are generally not eligible.

To be eligible for BRIC funding, pre-award costs must be identified and labeled pre-award as an individual line item in the cost estimate of the subapplication.

Last updated September 30, 2020