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FEMA Media Library

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Episode 79: Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)

In September, FEMA announced an application period for $660 million is hazard mitigation grant funding for states, local communities, tribes and territories to be used on projects that will reduce future disaster losses and strengthen the nation’s ability to build a culture of preparedness. On this episode we speak to two individuals leading the team within FEMA to offer the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant and discuss what the future holds for communities committed to reducing future disaster recovery costs.

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BRIC Policy and Program Development Timeline

BRIC Policy and Program Development Timeline

  • Sep 30, 2020
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Who is eligible for BRIC funding? infographic

Infographic: Who is eligible for BRIC funding? Applicants in all 50 states, U.S. territories, federally recognized tribes, District of Columbia. Subapplicants in local governments, Indian Indian tribal governments, state agencies and tribal agencies.

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BRIC Building Codes Activities Program Support Material

The adoption and enforcement of building codes is an important mitigation activity that provides significant resilience benefits. This program support material provides applicants and subapplicants of the BRIC program with information relative to eligible building code–related activities under the state or territory allocation and tribal set-aside.

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Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) and Nature-Based Solutions

This presentation covers the value of nature-based solutions in building community infrastructure and resilience.

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BRIC Project Scoping Activities Program Support Material

Project scoping is the successor to Advance Assistance and designed to develop mitigation strategies and obtain data to prioritize, select, and develop complete applications in a timely manner. Project scoping may result in either an improvement in the capability to identify appropriate mitigation projects or in the development of an application-ready mitigation project for BRIC or another funding opportunity.

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BRIC Technical Criteria Program Support Material

FEMA uses technical evaluation criteria to score subapplications submitted to the national competition. This program material includes a list of eight evaluation criteria and explains how to meet the criteria.

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BRIC Mitigation Planning Activities Program Support Material

Under BRIC, mitigation planning activities should result in a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan or contribute new information to an existing hazard mitigation plan. This program support information provides applicants and subapplicants eligible mitigation planning activities under the state or territory allocation and tribal set-aside. Subapplicants are required to have a FEMA-approved Local or Tribal Hazard Mitigation Plan by the application deadline and at the time of obligation of grant funds for mitigation projects and capability-and capacity-building (C&CB) activities, with the exception of mitigation planning.

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BRIC Qualitative Criteria Program Support Material

FEMA will convene a national review panel to score subapplications submitted for consideration under the national competition based on a qualitative review. The program support material is intended to increase transparency in decision-making and discusses the six scoring criteria. Additionally, application instructions are included for each respective criterion to guide information submission in FEMA Grants Outcomes (FEMA GO).