Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) supports states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards.
The BRIC program guiding principles are supporting communities through capability- and capacity-building; encouraging and enabling innovation; promoting partnerships; enabling large projects; maintaining flexibility; and providing consistency.
Fiscal Year 2022 Final Selections Announcement
On Aug. 28, 2023, FEMA announced the final selection of subapplications eligible for the more than $3 billion available in the FY22 cycle for the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities and Flood Mitigation Assistance grant programs.
Increased funding allowed FEMA to select more projects across a diverse geographic scope in all 10 FEMA Regions.
About the Selection Process
As part of FEMA’s commitment to the Justice40 Initiative to instill equity as a foundation of emergency management, FEMA prioritized and selected project subapplications which includes tribes, Economically Disadvantaged Rural Communities and other disadvantaged communities.
By implementing a phased approach, this selection strategy allows FEMA to expedite the award and implement mitigation solutions to communities who need it most.
Direct Technical Assistance
In addition to project selections, the BRIC program offers help to communities in the form of non-financial direct technical assistance that can provide holistic hazard mitigation planning and project support.
For this fiscal year, 46 eligible communities from more than 100 applications have been selected to receive subject matter expertise and partnership collaboration to bolster their community’s success with project development.
There is no requirement for a previous BRIC grant subapplication award or approved hazard mitigation plan to be considered for BRIC Direct Technical Assistance.
Visit the BRIC Direct Technical Assistance (BRIC DTA) webpage for more information on the initiative, or view this year’s communities and tribal nations selections.
Fiscal Year 2022 Funding Summaries
The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities grant program gives states, local communities, tribes and territories funding to address future risks to natural disasters, including ones involving: wildfires, drought, hurricanes, earthquakes, extreme heat, and flooding. Addressing these risks helps make communities more resilient.
By the Numbers
In total for this grant cycle, FEMA received 803 subapplications totaling more than $4.6 billion from 55 states, territories and the District of Columbia. The agency also received requests from 37 tribal nations.
Of the BRIC grant program submissions, FEMA received subapplications from 127 Economically Disadvantaged Rural Communities, a 15% increase from last year.
The program offers an increased cost share, 90% federal share, for Economically Disadvantaged Rural Communities as well as 100% management costs for all.
An unique element of this program is the funding structure comprised of three separate application opportunities. The State/Territory Allocation and the Tribal Set-Aside selections were announced in May 2023. The status of the National Competition subapplications was announced on Aug. 28, 2023.
View BRIC selections from previous subapplication cycles in FY21 and FY20.
Learn about the available funding, who's eligible to apply, types of activities eligible for funding, and what to expect when you apply.
Get important application dates, resources to navigate FEMA GO, criteria required in your application and details on the documentation you need to include.
Read this fact sheet to learn about other programs available under Hazard Mitigation Assistance.
Program Support Materials
Visit the Resource List for BRIC to download the Program Support Materials (PSMs). Each year, the PSMs are updated to support topics and themes in the current BRIC funding opportunity.
Nature-Based Solutions: A Guide for Local Communities (2021) lays out the business case for nature-based solutions. It also offers advice for planning and carrying them out.
Building Community Resilience With Nature-Based Solutions, Strategies for Success (Nature Based Solutions Guidebook 2023) builds upon the guide for local communities and highlights five key strategies for implementing successful nature-based solution projects to advance natural hazard mitigation and climate adaptation.
FEMA GO is the grants management system. Use this to apply for BRIC grants.
March 2020 Summary of Stakeholder Feedback gives a summary of the input we received from the over 5,000 comments. This feedback helped inform the design of BRIC.
BRIC 2023 Stakeholder Engagement Effort: FEMA asked for stakeholder feedback on the BRIC program from June to Aug. 31, 2023. A new summary report is slated for spring 2024.
FEMA Resources for Climate Resilience helps state, local, tribal and territorial partners find and use FEMA resources. These can help communities adapt to the impacts of climate change and build resilience.
BRIC Policy establishes the framework and requirements for the program. while allowing flexibility to promote continuous program improvement through priorities and criteria set forth in the annual Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).
Prospective subapplicants should contact their appropriate state, tribe or territory (applicant level) Hazard Mitigation Office with questions about the BRIC program.