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Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

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. When requested by an authorized representative, 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 their hazard mitigation projects.

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Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance

Access resources to help interpret federal statutes, regulations and best practices about mitigation strategies.

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Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Cost Share Information for Section 311 of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2022

This guidance is for state, local, tribal, and territorial governments regarding the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2022, which includes a provision that increases the federal cost share for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to not less than 90% for all emergency or major disaster declarations occurring, or an incident period beginning, between Jan. 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2021. This guidance provides information on funding, application period extensions, FEMA/ State/Tribe/Territory Agreements and HMGP Administrative Plans and periods of performance.

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Introduction to Cost Estimation Webinar

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Cost Estimation - Reviewing Cost Estimates for HMA Grant Applications

This webinar will cover the basics of construction cost estimates for common Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) program project types.

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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).

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Read this fact sheet to learn about other programs available under Hazard Mitigation Assistance.

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

Flood Protection

  • 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).

Retrofitting

  • 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

  • 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.

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Prospective subapplicants should contact their appropriate state, tribe or territory (applicant level) Hazard Mitigation Office with questions about the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.