Flood Mitigation Assistance


The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program makes Federal funds available to States, U.S Territories, Indian Tribal governments, and local communities to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The FMA program strengthens national preparedness and resilience and supports the mitigation mission area through Strategic Goal #1 Building a Culture of Preparedness, Objectives 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4 of the 2018 ? 2022 FEMA Strategic Plan. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, the FMA Program will prioritize proposals that address community flood risk by setting aside $70 million for this purpose. FEMA will seek to fund two types of community flood mitigation activities: ? Advance Assistance for flood mitigation design and development of community flood mitigation projects that will subsequently reduce flood claims, up to $4 million. ? Mitigation projects that address community flood risk for the purpose of reducing NFIP flood claim payments, with the remaining balance of the $70 million after Advance Assistance applications are selected. The remaining funding, at least $90 million, will be used for FMA technical assistance, flood mitigation planning, and mitigation projects that reduce the risk of flooding to severe repetitive loss (SRL) and repetitive loss (RL) properties. See Section E, Application Review Information, of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for more information on FY 2019 FMA funding priorities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 $120 Million in losses avoided. $275 Million in losses avoided.
Fiscal Year 2017 $150 Million in losses avoided.
Fiscal Year 2018 $150 Million in losses avoided.
Section 1366 of The National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, as amended (Pub. L. 90-448)(42 U.S.C. 4104c), Public Law -, U.S.C.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
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 may apply for FMA assistance as the Applicant to FEMA. Either the state Emergency Management Agency (EMA) or the office that has primary floodplain management responsibility is eligible to apply directly to FEMA for FMA funds as an applicant; however, only one application will be accepted from each state, tribe or territory. Applicants must have a FEMA approved mitigation plan as of the application deadline in order to apply for mitigation projects in accordance with 44 CFR Part 201.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State agencies (other than the EMA), tribal governments (non-federally recognized), and local governments and communities may apply as subapplicants for FMA grants through their applicant state/tribe/territory. Subapplicants must have a FEMA approved mitigation plan as of the application deadline in order to apply for mitigation projects in accordance with Title 44 CFR Part 201.
Please see the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) program guidance.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. The Notice of Funding Opportunity is posted on www.Grants.gov.
Award Procedure
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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Please see the NOFO Announcement posted on www.Grants.gov.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
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 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. See also 44 CFR 79.6(b),(d)(1). Individual planning grants using FMA funds shall not exceed $50,000 to any applicant or $25,000 to any subapplicant.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Recipients are required to submit quarterly financial and performance reports. Quarterly Performance Reports must include the progress of each sub-award. 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 and performance reports are due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award. Recipients are required to submit quarterly financial reports.
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.
Under 2 CFR 200.333, 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 performance 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 is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 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 assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Refer to the NOFO 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. Payment based on Project need.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of addresses of FEMA's Regional Offices.
Headquarters Office
Kayed Lakhia, Director, Hazard Mitigation, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration,
400 C Street SW
washington, DC 20472 USA
Phone: (202) 646-3458
Fax: (202) 646-2880
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$88,000,000.00; FY 19 est $75,000,000.00; FY 20 est $75,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Awards will be governed by the FMA Program Regulations at 44 CFR Part 79; 44 CFR Part 200; 44 CFR Part 201, the DHS FEMA Real Property Acquisition Regulations at 44 CFR Part 80, and the HMA program guidance.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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