Flood Mitigation Assistance
To assist States, Federally - recognized Indian tribal governments, and communities with the goal of reducing or eliminating claims under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). 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.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2014: FEMA selected 110 FMA subapplications from 21 applicants: 19 planning and 71 projects and associated management costs for $90.5 Million. The disposition of each can be found at http://www.fema.gov/fma-fy14-subapplication-status. Fiscal Year 2015: $90 Million in losses avoided based on the ratio of 2:1 for mitigation. Fiscal Year 2016: $120 Million in losses avoided based on the ratio of 2:1 for mitigation.
National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, as amended (NFIA) , Public Law 108-264, 42 U.S.C 4104c.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
The 50 States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Federally - recognized Indian Tribal governments shall serve as the Applicant to FEMA for FMA assistance.
State agencies, Indian Tribal governments, and local governments and communities are eligible to apply as subapplicants for assistance under the FMA program. All interested subapplicants must apply to the Applicant. All subapplicants for FMA must currently be participating in the NFIP, and not withdrawn or suspended, to be eligible to apply for grant funds. For specific details regarding eligible subapplicants, refer to 44 CFR Section 79.6(a).
Please see the HMA program guidance. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. 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.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Notice of Funding Opportunity is posted on www.Grants.gov.
Applications are reviewed by DHS/FEMA program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued. Applicants are responsible for distributing funds to sub-applicants.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement posted on www.Grants.gov.
Refer to HMA program guidance document.
How are proposals selected?
Refer to Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on www.Grants.gov for information on criteria for selecting proposals.
How may assistance be used?
Flood mitigation projects to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to properties insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) are eligible for the FMA program. Eligible project types include: acquisition-demolition and acquisition-relocation; elevation of existing structures to the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) or an ABFE Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE) or higher; minor localized flood risk reduction projects; and dry-flood proofing (historic properties and non-residential structures).
FMA funds can only be used for the flood hazard component of a hazard mitigation plan that meets the planning criteria outlined in 44 CFR Part 201. Individual planning grants using FMA funds shall not exceed $50,000 to any applicant or $25,000 to any subapplicant. 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) program guidance on the FEMA website for detailed information: http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/103279.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Recipients are required to submit quarterly financial and 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 financial and performance reports are 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 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 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award. Please refer to HMA program guidance for more information. Recipients are required to submit quarterly financial reports. Quarterly Financial Reports must include the expenditures 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 financial reports are 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 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award. Please refer to HMA program guidance for more information.
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.
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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: 44 CFR Part 79.
Matching Requirements: FEMA may contribute up to 100 percent Federal cost share for severe repetitive loss properties or the expected savings to the NFIF for acquisition or relocation activities (the Greatest Savings To the Fund value for property acquisition may be offered to the property owner if the project is not cost-effective using pre-event or current market value); FEMA may contribute up to 90 percent Federal cost share for repetitive loss properties; and FEMA may contribute up to 75 percent Federal cost share for NFIP-insured properties. The applicant or subapplicant is responsible for the remaining non-Federal share of eligible activity costs. Refer to HMA program guidance for additional information.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Refer to the Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on www.Grants.gov for information on applicable Periods of Performance and Availability of Funds. 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.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of addresses of FEMA's Regional Offices.
Karen Helbrecht 1800 South Bell Street, Arlington, Virginia 20595-3015 Email: Karen.Helbrecht@dhs.fema.gov
Phone: (202) 646-3358
(Project Grants) FY 14 $111,861,932; FY 15 est $45,000,000; and FY 16 est $60,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Awards will be governed by the FMA Program Regulations at 44 CFR Part 79; the DHS FEMA Real Property Acquisition Regulations at 44 CFR Part 80, and the HMA program guidance.
Examples of Funded Projects