HMGP Grant Intent
FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides funding to state, local, tribal, and territory governments so that they can rebuild in a way that either reduces or mitigates future disaster-related losses in their communities. Unlike the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMA) which is an annually-recurring grant opportunity, the grant funding through HMGP is made available following a presidentially declared disaster, and these funds must be requested by a governor or tribal executive in eligible communities in a state, tribe, or territory.
FEMA Application Period: Open.
HMGP DR-4644 application deadline to VDEM: April 28th, 2023 5:00 PM EST. This will give VDEM time to review all applications, request additional information, and submit all project sub-applications through the FEMA GO system by FEMA’s application deadline.
HMA Program Webinars
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) is hosting a series of webinars regarding HMGP grant opportunity DR-4644 (Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm). During these webinars, participants will receive information about mitigation grant funding opportunities for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). These hazard mitigation grants are essential to reducing the long-term risk to life and property. VDEM encourages the emergency management community to coordinate with your internal stakeholders and review hazard mitigation plans for high-priority projects to submit for potential funding. Below is the registration information.
March 14, 2023
2:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
March 22, 2023
2:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Alex Krupp, Deputy State Hazard Mitigation Officer, at (804) 213-6524 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eligible Project Types
- Retrofitting existing buildings to make them less susceptible to damage from a variety of natural hazards.
- Purchasing hazard-prone property to remove people and structures from harm’s way.
- Utility and infrastructure retrofits to reduce risk of failure caused by natural hazards.
- Drainage improvement projects to reduce potential for flood damage.
- Slope stabilization projects to reduce risk to people and structures.
- Developing and adopting hazard mitigation plans (HMPs), which are required for state, local, tribal, and territorial governments to receive funding for hazard mitigation projects.
- Using aquifer storage and recovery, floodplain and stream restoration, flood diversion and storage, or green infrastructure methods to reduce the impacts of flood and drought.
Who can apply?
- Local governments, including cities, towns, townships, counties, special district governments, state agencies, and tribal governments (including federally recognized tribes who choose to apply as subapplicants) are considered subapplicants and must submit subapplications to their state/territory/tribal applicant agency (VDEM).
- Homeowners, business operators, and non-profit organizations cannot apply directly to FEMA, but can be included in a subapplication submitted by an eligible subapplicant. For more information please contact your local government or state to apply for HMGP funding.
- FOR HOMEOWNERS: Those who wish to apply for grant funding assistance for elevation, acquisition and demolition or relocation, or mitigation reconstruction of their home should contact their local government’s grants representative for information on how to participate.
Additional Eligibility Criteria
Following a disaster event, states, local governments, tribes and territories are required to perform a joint preliminary disaster assessment of the impacted area with FEMA. This helps determine if a major disaster declaration is warranted and the amount and type of federal assistance needed. The PDA also helps to identify potential mitigation opportunities for FEMA funding.
How To Apply?
All project pre-applications, applications, and supporting documentation must be submitted through VDEM’s grants management portal located at https://vdem.emgrants.gov. If you do not currently have an active account, you can register for a new account through this portal as well.
Eligible applicants must submit a pre-application through https://vdem.emgrants.gov for consideration.
After a pre-application is reviewed for eligibility and processed by VDEM, you will be prompted to complete a project application which will require detailed scope of work, project cost, and other pertinent information necessary to qualify for consideration by FEMA following submittal.
- FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance
- FEMA Hazard Mitigation Guidance Addendum