FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program provides funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments so they can develop hazard mitigation plans and rebuild in a way that reduces, or mitigates, future disaster losses in their communities. This grant funding is available after a presidentially declared disaster.
In this program, homeowners and businesses cannot apply for a grant. However, a local community may apply for funding on their behalf.
All state, local, tribal and territorial governments must develop and adopt hazard mitigation plans to receive funding for hazard mitigation project application.
How to Apply
Eligible Risk Reduction Projects
Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program and Policy Guide
The 2023 HMA Guide update incorporates existing policies and guidance materials issued since 2015, simplifies and clarifies guidance, and incorporates strategic mitigation priorities.
These revisions aim to create a document that is easier to navigate and use.
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News and Announcements
Building a Subapplication Series for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
In 2023, FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program is hosting a series of spring and fall webinars to show how to use FEMA’s Application Support Materials to create and submit a successful subapplication for the program. The series provides guidance and tips that can be used for developing any subapplication for disaster mitigation grants. Based on applications submitted, the primary focus will be on four project types: acquisitions, flood risk reduction, planning grants and safe rooms.
To register and view past HMGP webinars, visit the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Webinars page.
Biden Administration Commits Historic $3.46 Billion in Hazard Mitigation Funds to Reduce Effects of Climate Change
On Aug. 8, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. announced $3.46 billion in mitigation funding for 59 major disaster declarations for COVID-19 global pandemic.
With the growing climate change crisis facing the nation, FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program will provide funding for states, territories and tribes to maximize their investment in mitigation measures that result in safer and more resilient communities.
Fiscal Year 2021 COVID-19 Allocations
On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a nationwide emergency pursuant to Sec. 501(b) of Stafford Act.
All 50 states, the District of Columbia, 3 federally recognized tribes, and 5 territories have been approved for major disaster declarations to assist with additional needs identified under the nationwide emergency declaration for COVID-19. Additionally, 32 tribes are working directly with FEMA under the emergency declaration.
Applying for Hazard Mitigation Assistance
Get the answers to your questions as you begin to navigate through the application process.
Learn about the initial steps of the application process as well as the environmental and historic preservation requirements, cost effectiveness, tips and tools.
Understand the application review process, how awards are disbursed, and how to manage your award.
Are you a homeowner or business owner who's interested in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) grants? Find information for property owners (residential and business).
Eligible Risk Reduction Projects
Hazard mitigation includes long-term efforts to reduce risk and the potential impact of future disasters. HMGP assists communities in rebuilding in a better, stronger, and safer way in order to become more resilient overall. The grant program can fund a wide variety of mitigation projects.
These can include:
Planning & Enforcement
- Developing and adopting hazard mitigation plans, which are required for state, local, tribal and territorial governments to receive funding for their hazard mitigation projects.
- Acquisition of hazard prone homes and businesses which enable owners to relocate to safer areas (acquisition).
- Post-disaster code enforcement.
- Protecting homes and businesses with permanent barriers to prevent floodwater from entering (levees, floodwalls, floodproofing).
- Elevating structures above known flood levels to prevent and reduce losses (elevation).
- Reconstructing a damaged dwelling on an elevated foundation to prevent and reduce future flood losses.
- Drainage improvement projects to reduce flooding (flood risk reduction projects).
- Structural retrofits to make a building more resistant to floods, earthquakes, wind, wildfire and other natural hazards.
- Retrofits to utilities and other infrastructure to enhance resistance to natural hazards (utility retrofits).
- Construction of safe rooms for both communities and individual residences in areas prone to hurricane and tornado activity.
- Slope stabilization projects to prevent and reduce losses to structures.
Prospective subapplicants should contact their appropriate state, tribe or territory (applicant level) Hazard Mitigation Office with questions about the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.