FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 1, 2018
Application deadline for FY 2018 pre-disaster mitigation and flood mitigation assistance grants is Oct. 12
VDEM continues to be proactive in pre-disaster funding opportunities
RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced the application deadline for both the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grants and the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grants is Oct. 12. VDEM opened the application period on March 23, 2018, and has been working with localities to develop strong applications for these nationally competitive programs.
While the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) application period has not been announced, VDEM has established the application timeline to give local governments, state agencies, institutions of higher education and certain private non-profits additional time to develop applications. VDEM has also restructured its state level peer review process to include representation from each region of the Commonwealth and subject matter experts.
“The time is now, before the next disaster, to apply, as PDM for fiscal year 2018 is projected to be funded at the highest level since its inception,” said VDEM State Coordinator, Jeff Stern. “The reformed application timeline for these grants, has allowed for continual technical assistance to our local and state partners.”
Applications are required to be submitted through MitigationVA.org (MitVA). MitVA is a grants management system that allows the mitigation grant to be managed from pre-application to closeout. VDEM will also be allowing for submission of technical support documents that can be claimed as pre-award costs, until Nov. 13. No pre-award costs can be claimed in an application until after the FEMA period of availability is opened.
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.
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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