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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 rebuild in a way that reduces, or mitigates, future disaster losses in their communities. 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.

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Are you a homeowner or business owner who’s interested in HMGP grants? Find information for property owners (residential and business).

Before, When and After You Apply for HMGP Funding

Get the answers to your questions about applying for funding as you navigate through the application process from start to finish.

Reducing Risk through Hazard Mitigation

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 HMGP can fund a wide variety of mitigation projects.  These can include:

  • Acquisition of hazard prone homes and businesses which enable owners to relocate to safer areas (acquisition)
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Drainage improvement projects to reduce flooding (flood risk reduction projects)
  • Post-disaster code enforcement
  • Developing and adopting hazard mitigation plans, which are required for state, local, tribal and territorial governments to receive funding for their hazard mitigation projects.

Additional Resources

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The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Administrative Checklist replaces and updates the Administrative Plan checklist in NEMIS. The checklist identifies the minimum criteria a plan must contain to be approvable by FEMA and includes new requirements to include subrecipient management costs.

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Building Community Resilience with Nature-Based Solutions: A Guide for Local Communities will help communities identify and engage the staff and resources that can play a role in building resilience with nature-based solutions. The guide provides background information on nature-based solutions; presents the business case; and provides practical advice for planning and implementation.