Date: March 23, 2018
VDEM Opens Application Period for Pre-Disaster Mitigation and Flood Mitigation Assistance Grants
~Reforms Being Made to Grant Process to aid Localities~
RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced today that it is opening a pre-application and application period for the 2018 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant programs. While the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has not opened their application cycle, VDEM is leaning forward to provide additional time and technical assistance for application development.
VDEM is opening its grant pre-application process before FEMA officially opens the grant period for these programs in an effort to help localities be more successful in competing for this funding. The additional time will foster:
- More complete applications
- Projects that were identified in the local hazard mitigation plan
- More awareness and engagement on these programs among local public works, utilities, floodplain managers, planners and engineers
- A transition of priorities from small isolated projects to projects that have a community-wide impact (homes, businesses, roads, utilities, infrastructure, etc.)
“Hazard Mitigation measures play a critical role in the disaster recovery process. For every dollar spent on hazard mitigation projects, six dollars in future damages are avoided,” said Jeff Stern, VDEM State Coordinator. “As part of our continued efforts to expedite funding to localities and to solicit every available dollar to prepare Virginians for natural and manmade disasters, VDEM is reforming its approach to working with localities to apply for these important grants. VDEM encourages localities to review hazard mitigation plans for high priority projects to submit for potential funding.”
Depending on the project type, these grant applications require coordination with multiple departments within a community as well as state and federal agencies. Eligible pre-award costs cannot be claimed on the application until after FEMA publishes their Notice of Funding Opportunity.
The type of projects and the program priorities from FY 2017 can be found below.
|Project Type||PDM Eligible||PDM Priority||FMA Eligible||FMA Priority|
|Wind Retrofit/Safe Rooms||Yes||ü||No|
|Infrastructure Protective Measures||Yes||ü||Yes||ü|
|Floodwater Storage and Diversion||Yes||ü||Yes||ü|
|Utility Protective Measures||Yes||ü||Yes||ü|
|Localized Flood Control to Protect a Critical Facility||Yes||ü||Yes||ü|
|Floodplain and Stream Restoration||Yes||ü||Yes||ü|
|Water and Sanitary Sewer Protective Measures||Yes||ü||Yes||ü|
|Acquisition and Demolition of Residential Properties of Which 50% or More Are Severe Repetitive Loss Properties.||Yes||Yes||ü|
|Acquisition and Relocation of Residential Properties of Which 50% or More Are Severe Repetitive Loss Properties.||Yes||Yes||ü|
|Mitigation Reconstruction of Residential Properties of Which 50% or More Are Severe Repetitive Loss Properties.||Yes||Yes||ü|
|Elevation of Residential Properties of Which 50% or More Are Severe Repetitive Loss Properties.||Yes||Yes||ü|
|Generators for Critical Facilities||Yes||ü||No|
Cost Share – Non-federal share can be met with documented in-kind and/or cash match
- Cost share is 75% federal, 25% non-federal.
- Small and impoverished communities can receive up to a 90% federal cost share.
- Private investment in the non-federal share is highly encouraged.
- Cost share depends on how a structure is classified
- Severe repetitive loss structures (100% federal share)
- Repetitive loss structures (90% cost share),
- NFIP insured structures that do not have a repetitive loss designation (75% federal cost share)
- Community flood mitigation projects (75% cost share).
- Private investment (non-governmental) in the non-federal cost share will be given a higher priority by FEMA.
For more information on how to apply, visit http://www.vaemergency.gov/emergency-management-community/grants/unified-hazard-mitigation-assistance-hma-grant-program-2015/ or contact Robbie Coates, Grants Manager for Disaster Programs at (804) 897-9766.
Be ready. Be willing to help.
Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971