o The City of Venice applied under disaster declaration DR-982-FL for a grant under HMGP for the purpose of defraying the construction cost of a Hurricane Information Center (HIC). FEMA Region IV denied approval, and the City of Venice appealed. Region IV denied the appeal.
• Reason for Denial
o The proposed HIC construction did not meet the minimum eligibility requirements of the HMGP provided in 44 CFR 206.434, requiring that a project solve a problem independently or constitute a functional portion of a solution, and substantially reduce the risk of future damages.
o 44 CFR 206.434 Eligibility; 44 CFR 206.440 Appeals
o The subapplicant submitted the 2nd appeal based on the argument that the HIC construction was eligible for funding under HMGP.
• FEMA Findings
o The 2nd appeal decision was to uphold the 1st appeal.
o The rationale for the decision was that the project failed to meet the critical eligibility requirements of the HMGP, because the HIC did not solve a problem independently and substantially reduce the risk of future damages. However, FEMA HQ referred the Applicant to Florida’s 5% Initiative funding under the HMGP as a potential option for funding.
o Reference(s): 44 CFR 206.434 Eligibility; 44 CFR 206.440 Appeals