The purpose of this site is to provide policy information for Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs including current HMA policies, as well as policies of other Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration divisions that affect HMA funding.
For more information on basic program elements, please reference the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program Digest.
To get information on archived policies, please contact us at FEMA-HMA-Grants-Policy@fema.dhs.gov.
If you are interested in applying for a Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant, please contact the Hazard Mitigation Assistance helpline by telephone 866-222-3580 or email FEMA-HMA-Grants-Policy@fema.dhs.gov for more information.
Current HMA Policy Publications
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program - Post Fire
FEMA Policy #207-088-2 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program – Post Fire 05/03/2019
Through the agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), funds are available to support wildfire recovery. Previously done as a pilot program, the new post fire grants will be a permanent program for all areas that received a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) declaration on or after Oct. 5, 2018.
This new post fire program is being done as part of the agency’s implementation of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) of 2018. Section 1204 of the DRRA allows FEMA to provide HMGP Post Fire assistance to any area that received a FMAG declaration. In previous fiscal years, funds have been appropriated for this program. Now it is a permanent program of the Stafford Act HMGP program.
Funding assistance for an FMAG declaration is determined by the type of hazard mitigation plan approved for each state, territory, or tribe and the number of declarations that have occurred during a fiscal year (Oct 1-Sept 30).
Management Costs (Interim) for Hazard Management Grant Program
FEMA Policy # 104-11-1 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Management Costs (Interim) 11/15/18
- On October 5, 2018, President Trump signed the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 (DRRA) into law. The legislation contains critical reforms to federal disaster programs. To begin implementation of these reforms, the FEMA Public Assistance Management Costs (Interim) Policy and the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Management Costs (Interim) Policy were issued on November 15, 2018. Under these interim policies, state, tribal, territorial and local partners are allowed higher rates of reimbursement for their management costs when implementing Public Assistance (12 percent) and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program projects (15 percent). The DRRA defines management costs as indirect costs, direct administrative costs, and any other administrative expenses for a specific project. These policies will help to simplify the delivery of FEMA’s programs and provides incentives for recipients to practice efficient grants management and complete activities in a timely manner.
Floor Mitigation Policy
- FEMA Policy FP-302-094-03, Hazard Mitigation Assistance Acquisition Projects: Hydraulic Fracturing and Horizontal Directional Drilling 7/6/17
- This new policy issued in July 2017, provides program guidance on Hydraulic Fracturing and Horizontal Directional Drilling (hydraulic fracturing/HDD) as it relates to properties acquired for open space use with Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant funds. FEMA determined that hydraulic fracturing/HDD and related activities below the surface of an acquired property are generally a compatible use of open space. Surface activities associated with hydraulic fracturing/HDD on an acquired property are not a compatible use of open space, and they are not allowed.
- FEMA Policy 203-074-1, Minimum Design Standards for Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Projects in Flood Hazard Areas 4/21/2014
- FEMA Policy 204-078-112-1, Eligibility of Flood Risk Reduction Measures under the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Programs June 27, 2014
- Duplication of Programs and FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Frequently Asked Questions Accompanying FP 204-078-112-1
FEMA Policy FP-108-024-01 Consideration of Environmental Benefits in the Evaluation of Acquisition Projects under the Hazard Mitigation Programs 6/18/2013
Hazard Mitigation Assistance and Sea Level Rise Frequently Asked Questions 12/23/13
Disaster Specific Policy
Pilot Activity for Hurricane Sandy Presidential Major Disaster Declarations
The purpose of this policy is to describe a pilot mitigation activity which will assist in the recovery from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy. This policy is applicable for all HMGP Grants made available for Hurricane Sandy Presidential major disaster declarations.
- Elevated Foundation System 03/18/2013
Based on unique circumstances after Hurricane Katrina and Rita, several disaster specific policies were provided. Many of these policies respond to legislative changes.
- Floodplain Management Ordinances. Provides Guidance on eligibility of costs for compliance with local floodplain management ordinances. 4/13/2007
- DHS Response to SMART Response Act 1/30/2008
- Louisiana Flood Recovery Guidance for Reconstruction 2/1/2008
- Non-federal cost share changes to HMGP for Hurricane Katrina Declarations DR-1602-FL, 1603-LA, 1604-MS and 1605-AL 10/4/2010
Based on unique circumstances in Louisiana and Mississippi after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) Circulars granted a waiver to FEMA from OMB Circular A-87 pertaining to pre-award costs to allow for approval of costs incurred prior to award of HMGP funds.
- Eligibility Criteria for Limited Exception for Retroactive Approvals under HMGP for Louisiana and Mississippi 1/15/2008
- Eligibility Criteria for Deadline Removal from Limited Exception for Retroactive Approvals under the HMGP for DR-1603-LA, 1607-LA and 1604-MS 1/31/2012
HMA-Related Policy Publications
Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation
The following policies set forth requirements for environmental planning and historic preservation review of HMA projects:
- Issuance and of Advisory Flood Elevations the Implementation of FEMA Assistance - 12/18/2013
- Other Agency Clearance for Environmental Assessments - 12/8/2013
- Guidelines for Complying with 44 CFR 9 and EO 11988 (Floodplain Management) in Coastal High Hazard Areas on the Gulf Coast - 12/18/2013
The National Flood Insurance Program provides Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) coverage to assist with paying for the cost of complying with state or local floodplain management laws or ordinances. The terms of ICC assistance are addressed in the following policies.