Hazard Mitigation Grant

The objective of the program is to provide funding support to states, Indian tribal governments, territories, communities, and other eligible applicants to reduce the risk of future damage, loss of life and property in any area affected by a major disaster. This program promotes implementation of activities designed to reduce injuries, loss of life, and damage and destruction to property from natural hazards which is consistent with DHS QHSR Goal 5.1, “Mitigate Hazards” and links to Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-8) - National Preparedness, Security, Resilience, Prevention, Mitigation, Response, Protection, and Recovery.

Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
97.039
Federal Agency
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Types of Assistance
PROJECT GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions
Restricted to Presidential-declared disasters or emergencies, such as an earthquake, hurricane, tornado, or wildfire. Following a Presidential declaration, grants may be made for: structural hazard controls or protection projects; construction activities that will result in reduction of hazards; retrofitting of facilities; acquisition of real property, relocation, demolition of structures; elevation of residential structures; minor flood reduction projects; structural retrofitting of existing structures; safe room construction; initial implementation of vegetation management programs; elevation or dry flood- proofing of non-residential structures; initial training of building officials and other professionals to facilitate the implementation of newly adopted State or local mitigation standards and codes, and mitigation planning actions. Projects must meet all eligibility criteria including technical feasibility; cost-effectiveness; compliance with environmental and historic preservation laws and regulations and other program requirements. Please see the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Guidance on the FEMA website for detailed information: http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/103279.
Authorization
Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 404, Public Law 93-288, 42 U.S.C 5170c.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
State and local governments, other political subdivisions such as a special districts, Federally-recognized Indian tribal governments, Alaska Native villages or organizations, but not Alaska Native Corporations, and certain Private Non-Profit organizations in designated emergency or major disaster areas shall serve as the Applicant to FEMA for HMGP assistance. A State is defined as any State of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Marianna Islands, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia.

Applicants that have a current, approved Standard State/Tribal Mitigation Plan at the time of the declaration of a major disaster are eligible to receive up to 15% of the value of all other disaster assistance grants for HMGP. Applicants that have an approved Enhanced State/Tribal Mitigation Plan in effect may receive 20 percent of the value of all other disaster assistance grants for HMGP.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State and local governments; other political subdivisions such as a special districts, Private, non-profit organizations that own or operate a private, non-profit public facility; certain qualified conservation organizations may apply for acquisition or relocation for open space projects; Indian tribes or authorized tribal organizations and Alaska Native villages or organizations, but not Alaska native corporations with ownership vested in private individuals in designated emergency or major disaster areas are eligible to apply as subapplicants for assistance. All interested subapplicants must apply to the Applicant, who then applies to FEMA. Homeowners are not eligible to apply as subapplicants but may request their local jurisdiction to apply on their behalf.
Credentials/Documentation
Refer to HMA program guidance document. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
Rather than require applicants to submit a separate pre-application in order for FEMA and the State to identify the need for assistance, FEMA will employ the administrative and Mitigation plans in this manner. When States submit plans for review and indicate their intention to apply for assistance to implement one or more projects described in it, FEMA will use the plan to identify a need for funding assistance, and to discourage applications that are unlikely to be funded. An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. A Presidential Disaster or Emergency Declaration must be issued, which is then followed by an application for the HMGP through the Governor's Authorized Representative to the Regional Administrator of FEMA.
Award Procedure
Funds are allocated from the President's Disaster Relief Fund for use in a designated emergency or major disaster area. The FEMA Regional Administrator approves grants from this allocation on the basis of project applications from eligible applicants. Applicants are responsible for distributing funds to sub-applicants.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Refer to HMA program guidance document.
Appeals
An eligible applicant or subapplicant may appeal any determination previously made related to an application for or the provision of Federal assistance according to procedures set forth in 44CFR Section 206.440.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: 44 CFR Subpart N Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Sections 206.430-206.440.
Matching Requirements: FEMA can fund up to 75 percent of the eligible costs of projects submitted under each disaster declaration. The State or project applicant is responsible for the remainder which can be a combination of cash, in-kind services, or materials. Refer to HMA program guidance for additional information.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The length of the assistance period varies depending on the type of work or service. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payment based on Project need.
Post Assistance Requirements
Reports
Recipients are required to submit quarterly financial and performance reports. Quarterly Performance Reports must include the progress of each subaward. Reports are due 30 days after the end of each quarter: January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30. Final financial and performance reports are due quarterly and a final financial report is due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award. Recipients are required to submit quarterly financial reports. Quarterly Financial Reports must include the expenditures of each subaward. Reports are due 30 days after the end of each quarter: January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30. Final financial reports are due quarterly and a final financial report is due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award. Recipients are required to submit quarterly performance reports. Quarterly Performance Reports must include the progress of each sub award. Reports are due 30 days after the end of each quarter: January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30. Final performance reports are due quarterly and a final financial report is due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award. Recipients are required to submit quarterly financial reports. Quarterly Reports must include the expenditures of each subaward. Reports are due 30 days after the end of each quarter: January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30. Final reports are due quarterly and a final financial report is due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award. Recipients are required to submit quarterly performance reports. Quarterly Performance Reports must include the progress of each subaward. Reports are due 30 days after the end of each quarter: January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30. Final performance reports are due quarterly and a final financial report is due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award.
Audits
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.
Records
Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the date the applicant’s project application is closed. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Grants for mitigation planning as well as projects vary and include activities such as retrofitting structures to resist flood, wind, and earthquake damage; safe rooms; elevating structures above base flood levels; property acquisition and demolition or relocation for the creation of open space; generators; warning systems; infrastructure, water and sanitary sewer systems and utility protective measures; and minor flood reduction and drainage measures. Fiscal Year 2015: $1.4 Billion in losses avoided based on the ratio of 2:1 for mitigation. Fiscal Year 2016: No Data Available.
Financial Information
Account Identification
70-0700-0-1-999.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $836,966,303; FY 15 est $700,000,000; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Refer to HMA program guidance.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Awards will be governed by 44 CFR Subpart N Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Sections 206.430-206.440; Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Public Law 93-288, as amended; Hazard Mitigation Assistance Unified Guidance; Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Desk Reference FEMA 345 October 1999, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, L-169, February 1996,and Property Acquisition Handbook, FEMA-317.

Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of FEMA's Regional Offices.
Headquarters Office
Karen Helbrecht 1800 South Bell Street, Arlington, Virginia 20598-3015 Email: Karen.Helbrecht@fema.dhs.gov Phone: (202) 646-3358
Website Address
http://www.fema.gov/government/mitigation.shtm
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Grants for mitigation planning as well as projects vary and include activities such as retrofitting structures to resist flood, wind, and earthquake damage; safe rooms; elevating structures above base flood levels; property acquisition and demolition or relocation for the creation of open space; generators; warning systems; infrastructure, water and sanitary sewer systems and utility protective measures; and minor flood reduction and drainage measures. Fiscal Year 2015: Grants for mitigation planning as well as projects vary and include activities such as retrofitting structures to resist flood, wind, and earthquake damage; safe rooms; elevating structures above base flood levels; property acquisition and demolition or relocation for the creation of open space; generators; warning systems; infrastructure, water and sanitary sewer systems and utility protective measures; and minor flood reduction and drainage measures. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Refer to the HMA program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.
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