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Resources for the Building Resilient Infrastructure Communities Program (BRIC)

These program support materials provide important information on various activities under the new BRIC grant program to support building codes, partnerships, project scoping and more. 

Fiscal Year 2020 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities NOFO Fact Sheet

FEMA has published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the BRIC grant program. The Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) BRIC NOFO can be accessed at www.Grants.gov. FEMA encourages reviewing the BRIC NOFO before applying, as it provides detailed program information and other grant application and administration requirements.

Fiscal Year 2020 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities NOFO

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) FY 2020 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities

BRIC Building Codes Activities Program Support Material

The adoption and enforcement of building codes is an important mitigation activity that provides significant resilience benefits. This program support material provides applicants and subapplicants of the BRIC program with information relative to eligible building code–related activities under the state or territory allocation and tribal set-aside.

BRIC Direct Technical Assistance Program Support Material

FEMA will provide non-financial Direct Technical Assistance to up to 10 selected communities to support the mitigation outcomes outlined and referenced in program description section (Section A9) of the BRIC Notice of Funding Opportunity. This includes providing technical assistance to communities to build a community’s capacity and capability to improve its resiliency to natural hazards and to ensure stakeholders are capable of building and sustaining successful mitigation programs, submitting high-quality applications, and implementing new and innovative projects that reduce risk from a wide range of natural hazards.

BRIC Project Scoping Activities Program Support Material

Project scoping is the successor to Advance Assistance and designed to develop mitigation strategies and obtain data to prioritize, select, and develop complete applications in a timely manner. Project scoping may result in either an improvement in the capability to identify appropriate mitigation projects or in the development of an application-ready mitigation project for BRIC or another funding opportunity.

BRIC Technical Criteria Program Support Material

FEMA uses technical evaluation criteria to score subapplications submitted to the national competition. This program material includes a list of eight evaluation criteria and explains how to meet the criteria.

Featured Guide: Mitigation Action Portfolio

Through Building Resilient Infrastructure Communities, FEMA will invest in a wide variety of mitigation activities, including community-wide public infrastructure projects. Moreover, FEMA anticipates BRIC will fund projects that demonstrate innovative approaches to partnerships, such as shared funding mechanisms and/or project design. This portfolio is a resource to introduce stakeholders to the BRIC grant program and the array of eligible hazard mitigation activities that can benefit stakeholders.

BRIC Mitigation Planning Activities Program Support Material

Under BRIC, mitigation planning activities should result in a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan or contribute new information to an existing hazard mitigation plan. This program support information provides applicants and subapplicants eligible mitigation planning activities under the state or territory allocation and tribal set-aside. Subapplicants are required to 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 capability-and capacity-building (C&CB) activities, with the exception of mitigation planning.

BRIC Qualitative Criteria Program Support Material

FEMA will convene a national review panel to score subapplications submitted for consideration under the national competition based on a qualitative review. The program support material is intended to increase transparency in decision-making and discusses the six scoring criteria. Additionally, application instructions are included for each respective criterion to guide information submission in FEMA Grants Outcomes (FEMA GO).

BRIC Partnership Activities Program Support Material

This program support material provides information about partnership activities eligible
under the state or territory allocation and tribal set-aside of the Building Resilient
Infrastructure and Communities program.

Last updated September 16, 2020