FEMA Adds 93 More Communities and Tribes to Program for Free Hands-on Support to Build Climate Resiliency, Brings Total to 167 Nationwide

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July 3, 2024

WASHINGTON -- FEMA today announced 93 local communities, tribes and territories across all 10 FEMA regions will receive non-financial Direct Technical Assistance to help build community-wide resilience through the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program. This more than doubles the number of recipients from last year. This announcement comes following the agency’s recent announcement on the 656 BRIC recipients. 

“FEMA is setting an example in the emergency management community by prioritizing benefits to historically underserved communities,” said Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Administrator Victoria Salinas. “Underserved communities have historically lacked resources to navigate the grant process. Through Direct Technical Assistance, FEMA directly works with these very communities to help advance their community-driven objectives and tap into valuable grants to become more resilient to increasing climate threats.”

This announcement aligns with the 2024 FEMA Year of Resilience theme to build capacity to withstand tomorrow’s hazards.

Through Direct Technical Assistance, FEMA provides wide-ranging support to communities, territories and Tribal Nations that may not have the resources to begin climate resilience planning and project solution design on their own. This non-financial assistance helps jurisdictions to reduce disaster damage, build community resilience and sustain successful mitigation programs.

Selected communities, territories and Tribal National receive support for BRIC DTA from pre-application activities to grant closeout for up to 36 months. 

Of the 93 selected, 23 are Tribal Nations, three are territories and 67 are communities. These selections bring the total number of communities, territories, and tribes nationwide previously selected to receive this hands-on support to 167. 

Direct Technical Assistance has already benefitted communities since launching in 2020 including Depue, Illinois, in last year’s funding cycle. This year, two 2021 Direct Technical Assistance communities--Crisfield, Maryland, and Eastwick in Philadelphia—were selected during the FY23 BRIC national competition for projects enhancing community climate resilience. 

Crisfield was selected for a $36 million flood control project that will improve flood protection, stormwater management, and wetland health. Philadelphia was selected for a $2 million project that will install a flood barrier in Eastwick. 

Below lists communities and Tribal Nations that have participated in non-financial BRIC Direct Technical Assistance and were selected the most recent BRIC application cycle. The funding for these selections came from state allocations, tribal set-aside, the building codes set-aside and the national competition. In the federal cost share column, this represents a 75-90% of the total project costs. 

StateParticipating Tribal Nation or CommunityProject Activity or Title Entry YearFederal Cost Share
AlabamaCity of BirminghamCity of Birmingham Shuttlesworth Project Scoping2021$178,280
AlaskaNative Village of Kwigillingok,Project Scoping for Potential Relocation Site of the Native Village of Kwigillingok2022$1,465,058
ArizonaHavasupai TribeFlood Warning System and Siren2022$933,620
CaliforniaCity of ModestoBRIC 2023 City of Modesto - Flood Risk Reduction Feasibility Study Scoping Project2021$476,299
CaliforniaMorongo Band of Mission IndiansSan Gorgonio – Hathaway Creek Crossings Mitigation Project2020$1,917,118
IdahoCity of KamiahKamiah Wildfire Mitigation Phased Project2020$860,915
KansasPrairie Band Potawatomi NationPrairie Band Potawatomi Nation Safe Room Design Plan2022$1,392,305
LouisianaSt. John The Baptist Parish CouncilSt. John the Baptist BRIC 2023 Storm Water Drainage and Conveyance Project Scoping2021$217,004
MaineTown of TremontTown of Tremont - Wharf2021$75,003
MaineTown of TremontFY23 BRIC – Crockett Point Road Improvements Scoping Application2021$71,214
MaineTown of TremontFY23 BRIC – Steamboat Road Shoreline Stabilization Scoping Application2021$118,923
MaineTown of TremontFY23 BRIC – Cape Road Shoreline Stabilization Scoping Application2021$200,337
MarylandCity of CrisfieldSouthern Crisfield Flood Mitigation Project - BRIC2021$36,210,467
MichiganKeweenaw Bay Indian CommunityBucks Marina Project2021$414,916
New JerseyCommercial TownshipBRIC Commercial Township Building Codes Project2022$104,005
PennsylvaniaCity of Philadelphia (Eastwick)Eastwick Near-Term Flood Barrier Project 2023 BRIC2021$2,124,340
South DakotaOglala Sioux Tribe of Pine Ridge Indian ReservationBIA Route 26 Improvement Project and Transportation Planning for Emergency Management2022$311,389
South DakotaOglala Sioux Tribe of Pine Ridge Indian ReservationBIA Route 27 Embankment Stabilization2022$1,799,721
WisconsinOneida NationOneida Nation Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan 2025-20302022$44,447

For a full list of selected communities from 2021 to present, visit FEMA.gov.

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