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Commonwealth Awards $8,925,048 in Nationally Competitive Mitigation Grants

This update was published by Policy and Communications
Published: September 13, 2021

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced today the receipt of pre-disaster funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These awards were received under the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) funding from the FY 2019 competitive cycle.

“VDEM continues to strongly support local governments in meeting their risk reduction goals through the FEMA hazard mitigation assistance grants. In addition to reducing the risk, the city of Roanoke’s project will add to the already existing Lick Run greenway project, which has environmental and social benefits for the community,” said State Coordinator of Emergency Management, Curtis Brown.

VDEM administers these federal funds on behalf of FEMA. The state does not provide matching funds for the PDM or FMA grants which are nationally competitive grant programs.

ApplicantProject NameFederal ShareNon-Federal ShareTotal GrantFederal ShareProgram
Chesapeake, City ofAcquisition and Demolition of 3 Residential Structures$1,145,710 $103,290 $1,249,000 92%FMA
Roanoke, City ofAcquisition and Demolition of 5 Repetitive Loss Structures and Creation of a Wetland$3,671,316 $1,223,772 $4,895,088 75%PDM
Vinton, Town ofWest Cedar Village Acquisition of 6 Flood Prone Structures (with 19 units)$674,217 $224,739 $898,956 75%PDM
Virginia Beach, City ofElevation of 6 Residential Structures$1,882,004 $0 $1,882,004 100%FMA
Total Project Costs$7,373,247 $1,551,801 $8,925,048

VDEM is now accepting applications for the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant and FMA for fiscal year 2021. In addition, the application period is open for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program under Disaster 4602 February Ice Storm. All applications can be submitted in For additional information on other mitigation grant funding opportunities, please contact: Debbie Messmer – State Hazard Mitigation Officer at

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