VDEM Opens the Pre-Disaster Mitigation & Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Programs

August 22, 2017  //  

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Emergency Management would like to announce the opening of the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant program and the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program.  These grant funds are made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to take actions before the next disaster to reduce risk to individuals, property, and infrastructure.


“This funding opportunity will allow for our local partners to target cost effective projects in their hazard mitigation plans that have community level impacts for reducing risk to flooding and other natural hazards,” said Jeff Stern, Virginia State Coordinator of Emergency Management.


State agencies, local governments, and certain private non-profit organizations may apply. All applicants must have a FEMA approved and adopted hazard mitigation plan, and the proposed project must be identified as a mitigation action within the plan.


Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM): The goal of the PDM grant program is to reduce overall risk to population and structures, while at the same time reducing reliance on federal funding from Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) disaster declarations. $90 million is available for 2017 PDM grants[1].  Virginia will have a $575,000 allocation.  The balance of funds will be for the competitive mitigation activities. FEMA funding can be used to update regional hazard mitigation plans or eligible structural projects listed on the Virginia Department of Emergency’s website.


Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA): FMA grants are available to implement measures to reduce or eliminate risk of severe repetitive and repetitive flood damage to buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  In FY17, $160 million is available for FMA grants.  New in this application cycle is a set-aside of $70 million for community advance assistance and flood mitigation projects.  The remainder of the FY17 FMA grants will continue to focus on reducing or eliminating the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures.


Project Submittal Deadline: All project applications are due by 5 p.m. September 14, 2017. Visit here for application information.


For additional information on the PDM and FMA grant funding opportunity, please contact Robbie Coates, VDEM Grant Manager for Disaster Programs at (804) 897-9766.


Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund