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About BRIC: Reducing Risk through Hazard Mitigation

The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program aims to categorically shift the federal focus away from reactive disaster spending and toward research-supported, proactive investment in community resilience. Examples of BRIC projects are ones 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 partners. Or an innovative project may offer multiple benefits to a community in addition to the benefit of risk reduction.

Through BRIC, FEMA continues to invest in a variety of mitigation activities with an added focus on infrastructure projects benefitting disadvantaged communities, nature-based solutions, climate resilience and adaption and adopting hazard resistant building codes.

BRIC Program Annual Cycle Timeline

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Fiscal Year 2023 BRIC Program Annual Cycle Timeline
This graphic illustrates the process and timing of the BRIC program.

Once the funding opportunity is published, the application period for the BRIC funding cycle will open in the fall and close in early winter. From there, subapplications are reviewed for eligibility and completeness, qualitative and technical evaluation criteria, and technical feasibility and cost-effectiveness.

Results are validated, and the selection process begins for the State or Territory Allocation, Tribal Set-Aside, Building Code Plus-Up and National Competition.

Program Resources

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Program Support Materials

Visit the Resource List for BRIC to download the Program Support Materials (PSMs). The PSMs are updated annually to support topics and themes in the current BRIC Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

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Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) are available in full on Grants.gov. For a summary of the Fiscal Year 2023 funding opportunity, refer to this fact sheet.

Mitigation Action Portfolio is updated annually and provides detailed documentation on hazard mitigation activities that are eligible for funding. Download the template to submit your own project to the portfolio.

Fiscal Year Subapplication Statuses give an overview of subapplication status and grant cycle highlights by fiscal year.

Stakeholder feedback efforts support continuous improvement of the BRIC program.

FEMA GO is the grants management system used to apply for BRIC program grants.

Nature-Based Solutions: A Guide for Local Communities (2021) presents the business case and practical advice for planning and implementation on nature-based solutions.

Building Community Resilience with Nature-Based Solutions, Strategies for Success (Nature Based Solutions Guidebook 2023) builds upon the guide for local communities and highlights five key strategies for implementing successful nature-based solution projects to advance natural hazard mitigation and climate adaptation.