During the Year 1 application period, FEMA will provide technical assistance to support entities during the grant application process as well as provide ongoing support for entity revolving loan funds related to programmatic requirements, including performance reporting and environmental reviews.
FEMA will utilize a variety of methods and platforms to provide technical assistance to entities throughout the application period, including but not limited to:
- Fact sheets and guidance materials,
- Webinars and pre-recorded instructional videos,
- Office hours, and
- FAQ and the program email inbox.
Technical assistance can be leveraged to support the development of application materials, including an entity’s Intended Use Plan and project proposal list.
If an eligible entity is interested in assistance with their capitalization grant application, they should contact the team at FEMA-STORMRLF@fema.dhs.gov.
Resources for Preparing Your Application
These fact sheets provide more information on the various processes within the Safeguarding Tomorrow RLF program.
Office hours are intended to help eligible entities better understand the requirements for submitting a capitalization grant application for the Safeguarding Tomorrow RLF program. FEMA staff will answer technical questions and provide support to entities that are interested in applying for a capitalization grant during this first application cycle.
Sessions will focus on specific topics, such as project eligibility and the Project Proposal List, emergency management authority and financial delegation, and the Intended Use Plan.
Office Hours will be held on the Adobe Connect Platform. Registration information for all sessions can be accessed through the Connect Event Catalog.
This webinar provides an overview of the Safeguarding Tomorrow Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Topics covered include:
- Review and highlights of the Safeguarding Tomorrow RLF Program and NOFO
- Allowable uses and capitalization grant application requirements
The Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Division hosted a webinar tailored to Tribal Nations to provide an overview of the fiscal year 2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the new Safeguarding Tomorrow Revolving Loan Fund Program.
The purpose of this consultation is to gather feedback from Tribal leaders to inform program implementation for future funding opportunities.
Non-Disaster (ND) Grants Management System Resources
Eligible applicants must apply for funding using the Non-Disaster (ND) Grants management system. Applications must be received by April 28, 2023 (3 p.m. Eastern Time).
Throughout 2022, FEMA engaged with a variety of partners, including other federal agencies, to identify recommendations and successes from other revolving loan fund programs.
Through these engagements, we learned that an entity’s Revolving Loan Fund program should allow for streamlining and collaboration to prevent barriers to entry for local governments (the borrowers).
For example, it is important for entities to streamline the application process for local governments seeking loans. This will increase the revolving loan fund’s accessibility and overall participation.
We also learned that entities with less capacity and that require more technical assistance benefit from robust partnerships. Some of the most highly effective programs manage relationships and leverage partnerships with financial institutions and other organizations.
Going into future funding cycles, FEMA will continue to leverage existing communication channels to request and solicit stakeholders' participation in varying engagement opportunities with state, local and tribal governments, and other interested organizations. FEMA will also host webinars and workshops for varied public and private stakeholders, including disadvantaged communities.
FEMA intends to learn from stakeholders about how they plan to utilize the new program to develop a more effective and customer-focused program.
Comments may be submitted to FEMA-STORMRLF@fema.dhs.gov.