Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants

FEMA's hazard mitigation assistance provides funding for eligible mitigation measures that reduce disaster losses.

"Hazard mitigation" is any sustainable action that reduces or eliminates long-term risk to people and property from future disasters.

Mitigation planning breaks the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction and repeated damage. Hazard mitigation includes long-term solutions that reduce the impact of disasters in the future.

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Making Cost-Effectiveness Easier in Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Programs

Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) is a method that determines the future risk reduction benefits of a hazard mitigation project and compares those benefits to its costs. FEMA is making it easier to demonstrate cost-effectiveness of hazard mitigation projects. We are streamlining the BCA requirements to address a long-standing barrier certain communities—particularly those that are underserved—have had accessing mitigation grants through the Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs.

Please review the FEMA Policy: Benefit-Cost Analysis Discount Rate and Streamlined Cost-Effectiveness for HMA and PA Programs. The BCA Toolkit has also been updated to reflect certain changes.

Download the BCA Toolkit

Find Funding for Hazard Mitigation

Which Best Describes Your Project?

Rebuilding my community after a major disaster in a way that reduces future disaster losses.

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program (HMGP)

Reducing the risk of flood damage to NFIP-insured buildings.

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)

Helping my community reduce risks from future disasters and natural hazards.

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)

Making my community more resilient after a wildfire disaster.

HMGP Post-Fire Assistance

Implementing one of the 100 Congressional Community Projects that prioritize sustainable & cost-effective measures to reduce risk and/or reliance on federal disaster funding.

Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM)

Find Resources for Applying to & Managing Grants

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Featured Resource

Access resources to help interpret federal statutes, regulations and best practices about mitigation strategies.

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Community Safe Room: Application Overview

Application templates have been developed to provide step-by-step instructions for specific project types. This application can be used for projects that involve hurricane and tornado community safe room projects.

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FEMA City of Pasadena, Texas Street Drainage & Flood Mitigation Project - Draft Environmental Assessment - APPENDIX D

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Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Monitoring Field Guide

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Soil Stabilization: Application Example Document

The following template is intended to help the reader understand FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) application process.

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Extreme Heat Fact Sheet

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs provide funding for eligible mitigation measures that build climate resilience. As the climate crisis continues making heat waves more intense and frequent, these funds can be used to plan for and mitigate risks posed by natural hazards, including extreme temperatures. This fact sheet identifies opportunities for hazard mitigation assistance, provides an overview of considerations and identifies other available FEMA resources.

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Hazard Mitigation Assistance Cost Share Guidance

This guidance is a tool for applicants and subapplicants to assist with understanding match requirements for FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grants, including BRIC. The guide encourages early coordination for cost share strategies and provides examples of different ways to meet the non-federal cost share requirement, including the use of donated resources.

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Grant Effectiveness Case Study: Texas

In 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducted a grant effectiveness case study in Texas to understand Texas’ use of grant funds to increase its ability to respond to, recover from, and mitigate disaster impacts.

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Wildfire Technical Review

This job aid supplement covers the requirements associated with the technical reviews for fuels management and structural protection wildfire mitigation projects funded by Hazard Mitigation Assistance.

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Flood Risk Reduction: Application Instructions

This document provides instructions on how to complete the application for an elevation project under FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). This application is intended to be used only for elevation projects applications.

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Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Building Code Activities

This Program Support Material (PSM) provides applicants and subapplicants of the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program with information about eligible building code-related activities under the State or Territory Allocation and Tribal Set-Aside and also under the new State or Territory Building Code Plus-Up and Tribal Building Code Plus-Up.

Learn More

Visit the About Hazard Mitigation Assistance page for programmatic information, such as:

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