Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Programs


Program Name

Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Grant Program 2017

Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) – Accepting Pre-applications
Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) – Accepting Pre-applications
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) – Not Available

Fund Source Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Amount Available Grants are awarded through two yearly grant programs and one disaster funded grant program. The PDM and FMA programs are subject to the availability of federal appropriation funding. For FY17 there was $90M for PDM and $160 M for FMA. HMGP allotment is based on a costs associated with a presidential disaster declaration.

The FY 2015 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance (HMA) remains valid for FY 2017.

State Administering Agency Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM)
Purpose/ Description To develop projects that are long term solutions for reducing risk to high risk hazards identified in state and local hazard mitigation plans. A recent study published by the Institute of Building Sciences, indicates that for every $1 invested in mitigation projects there is a savings of $6 from future damages [Report here.].
Program Priorities PDM Priorities

  • Projects to update regional hazard mitigation plans;
  • Projects that address non-flood related hazards (wildfire, landslide, tornado/straight line winds, drought);
  • Community flood mitigation projects (all projects except residential acquisition, elevation, or mitigation reconstruction)*;
  • Generators for critical facilities; and,
  • Acquisition, elevation, and mitigation reconstruction projects

Priority also given to small, impoverished communities.


FMA Priorities

  • Community flood mitigation projects (all projects except residential acquisition, elevation, or mitigation reconstruction)*
  • Acquisition, elevation, and mitigation reconstruction projects for which at least 50% of the structures meet the criteria for Severe Repetitive Loss


* Community flood mitigation projects would include:

  • Infrastructure protective measures
  • Floodwater storage and diversion
  • Utility protective measures
  • Stormwater management
  • Localized flood control to protect critical facility
  • Wetland restoration/creation
  • Aquifer storage and recovery
  • Floodplain and stream restoration
  • Water and sanitary sewer system protective measures


HMGP Priorities

  • To be determined by the mitigation strategy for the disaster
Eligible Applicants
  • State-level agencies, including State institutions of higher education;
  • Local jurisdictions that are participating and in good standing with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); and,
  • Certain private non-profit organizations.
Eligibility Requirements
  • All localities must have a FEMA approved local-all hazard mitigation plan prior to application, and the project must be identified in the mitigation strategy;
  • The project must conform with the Commonwealth of Virginia Hazard Mitigation Plan;
  • Provide a long-term solution for the community;
  • Structural projects must be cost effective, demonstrated through a benefit cost analysis (BCA); and,
  • Comply with program regulations in the HMA Guidance.

Report Forms


Applicant Signature Package

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations: Title 2 – Grants and Agreements

FY 2015 HMA Guidance

HMA Application Checklist

Deadlines VDEM is currently accepting pre-applications and applications for FY 2018 PDM and FMA grant programs. While FEMA has not officially opened their period of availability, VDEM would like to be proactive in opening ahead of time to be able to provide technical assistance.


  • Pre-applications can be submitted through our grants management portal www.mitigationva.org. Pre-applications are for pre-screening project proposals for eligibility. Pre-applications can be submitted at any time, but it is recommended that they are submitted early so that VDEM Mitigation Grant Administrators can provide the appropriate guidance.
  • Pre-application period is now open.


  • Once the pre-application is received and approved, the application process can begin right away.
  • The application deadline will be set once the FEMA Notice of Funding Opportunity is published.

All pre-applications, applications, and attachments must be submitted through our grants management portal – www.mitigationva.org .


Grant Reporting Requirements Quarterly progress reports for periods ending June 30, September 30, December 31 and March 31 are due 15 days after the close of quarter. Quarterly reports can be submitted for your project through www.mitigationva.org.
Award/Closing Dates Project length: up to 36 months
Disbursements Expenses and requests for reimbursement of project expenditures should be submitted through www.mitigationva.org.
VDEM Contact Mitigation questions should be forwarded to:

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Virginia Disaster Relief Fund