There are numerous FEMA and other federal funding opportunities for state, local, tribal and territorial governments that aid in activities about building codes. This page helps route users to those opportunities.
NEHRP State Assistance Grant Program
HMGP Post-Fire Funding
Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Funding for Building Code Projects
BRIC's Capability- and Capacity-Building activities enhance the applicant's current workforce's knowledge, skills and expertise,to expand or improve the administration of mitigation assistance. Capability and Capacity Building activities can only be submitted under the state or territory allocation and tribal set-aside. All applicants need to ensure their Capability- and Capacity-Building activities up to $1 million are prioritized and ranked within FEMA Grants Outcomes (FEMA GO).
- Open to: States, territories and federally recognized tribes
- Eligible activities: Building Codes, Partnerships Project Scoping, Mitigation Planning and Planning-Related Activities
Note: Building code activities are not eligible for funding under BRIC's national competition. FEMA encourages adoption of current, natural hazard-resistant building codes. Refer to BRIC Building Code Activities to learn more.
National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program’s State Assistance Grant Program
The FEMA NEHRP State Assistance Grant Program is designed to increase and enhance the effective implementation of earthquake risk reduction at the regional, state and local levels, by making funding available through annual, non-competitive grants for individual states and territories. FEMA also provides grant funding to nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education for multi-state and national earthquake assistance.
- Open to: States and territories determined to have a high or very high risk of earthquakes (Individual States Earthquake Assistance) or nonprofits and higher education institutes (Multi-State and National Earthquake Assistance).
- Eligible code activities: Update building codes, zoning codes and ordinances to enhance seismic safety.
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program provides funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments to develop hazard mitigation plans and rebuild in a way that reduces, or mitigates disaster losses in their communities. This grant funding is available after a presidentially declared disaster.
- Open to: State, territories and tribal governments submit on behalf of sub-applicants after a presidential major disaster declaration.
- Eligible Code Activities: Post-Disaster Code Enforcement.
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Post-Fire Funding
FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) has Post Fire assistance available to help communities implement hazard mitigation measures after wildfire disasters.
- Open to: State, territories and tribal governments with a FEMA-approved mitigation plan affected by fires that resulted in a Fire Management Assistance Grant declaration on or after Oct. 5, 2018.
- Eligible Code Activities: Building Code Improvements: Evaluate or implement building codes that reduce risk, enhance existing building codes to incorporate more current requirements or higher standards, and develop professional workforce capabilities.
Applying for Building Code and Floodplain Management Administration and Enforcement Reimbursement through FEMA’s Public Assistance Program
FEMA is authorized to provide assistance to state and local governments for building code and floodplain management administration and enforcement. This includes inspections for substantial damage compliance and base and overtime wages for extra hires to facilitate the implementation and enforcement of adopted building codes. The assistance is available for a maximum 180 days after the major disaster declaration.
- Open to: Government or private nonprofits up to 180 days following the disaster.
- Eligible Code Activities: Building Code Administration, Code Enforcement, Floodplain Management Ordinance Administration and Enforcement and Substantial Damage Determinations.
Additional information on this program is available in this fact sheet. A video is also available that explains the Public Assistance funding process.