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.

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 2017 $1 billion in losses avoided.
Fiscal Year 2016 $2.6 Billion in losses avoided. 1,219,915,396 in losses avoided.
Fiscal Year 2018 $1 billion in losses avoided.
Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 404, Public Law 93-288, 42 U.S.C. 5170c
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
Refer to HMA program guidance document.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. 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. 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.
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.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Refer to HMA program guidance document.
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.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Refer to the HMA program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: 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.
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 is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 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 assistance listing.
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. 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 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$971,973,247.00; FY 19 est $601,809,636.00; FY 20 est $601,809,636.00; -
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.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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