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FY 2015 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants

FEMA ANNOUNCES 2015 FMA AND PDM GRANTS

Submissions due to NJOEM no later than August 3, 2015.
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Grants

FEMA has announced the FY 2015 Notice of Funding Opportunities for two of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs: Flood Mitigation Assistance and Pre-Disaster Mitigation.  HMA grant programs provide states, tribes, territories, and local governments funding for eligible mitigation activities to strengthen our nation’s ability to reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages.

All 50 States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands and Federally-recognized tribal governments are eligible to apply.  Local governments are considered sub-applicants and must apply to their Applicant state/territory.

Applicants are encouraged to review the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Unified Guidance for detailed information regarding eligibility and to contact their FEMA Regional Office for additional information.  Grant applications must be submitted to FEMA through the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal accessible on the Internet no later than 3:00 PM EDT on August 28, 2015.

Flood Mitigation Assistance - $150 Million

The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program provides funds on an annual basis so that measures can be taken to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
For the FY 2015 FMA program, FEMA will select sub-applications for funding in the agency’s priority order:

  1. Flood mitigation planning activities up to $100,000 federal share per applicant with a maximum of $50,000 federal share for state mitigation plans and $25,000 federal share for local mitigation plans
  2. Projects that mitigate at least 50 percent of structures that meet definition part (b)(ii) of a Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) property: At least 2 separate NFIP claim payments have been made with the cumulative amount of such claims exceeding the market value of the insured structure
  3. Projects that mitigate at least 50 percent of structures that meet the definition of a Repetitive Loss (RL) property:  Have incurred flood-related damage on 2 occasions, in which the cost of the repair, on the average, equaled or exceeded 25 percent of the market value of the structure at the time of each such flood event
  4. Projects that mitigate at least 50 percent of structures meet definition part (b)(i) of a SRL property: 4 or more separate NFIP claims payments have been made with the amount of each claim exceeding $5,000, and with the cumulative amount of claims payments exceeding $20,000

Projects that will reduce the risk profile in communities through mitigation of the largest number of contiguous NFIP-insured properties

Pre-Disaster Mitigation - $30 Million

The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant program provides funds on an annual basis for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects for the purpose of reducing overall risk to the population and structures, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding from future disaster declarations.

For the FY 2015 PDM program:

  • Applicants may submit a maximum of 11 sub-applications in a PDM grant application:  10 for mitigation planning and project activities, plus 1 management cost sub-application. Of the 10 sub-applications for mitigation activities, Applicants may submit a maximum of 3 projects. 
  • Each Applicant’s number one ranked sub-application must not exceed $250,000 Federal share in order to be eligible for the state and tribal set asides.
  • FEMA will use the Building Code Effectiveness Grading Scale to prioritize activities for competitive selection once the set asides have been met.

FEMA will select eligible applications for funding in the agency’s priority order:

  1. Statutory set aside of $250,000 per State/Territory/District of Columbia
  2. Up to $5 Million Tribal set aside for $250,000 per Federally-recognized tribe
  3. Mitigation planning activities from Applicants without Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds available
  4. Non-flood mitigation projects from Applicants without HMGP funds available
  5. Flood mitigation projects from Applicants without HMGP funds available
  6. Mitigation planning activities from Applicants with HMGP funds available
  7. Non-flood mitigation projects from Applicants with HMGP funds available
  8. Flood mitigation projects from Applicants with HMGP funds available

Links

State of New Jersey 2014 State Hazard Mitigation Plan

Quarterly Reports

All projects awarded through FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs require quarterly status reports.  The reports are due at the end of each quarter (March 31, June 30, September 30, December 31).  The quarterly report template and instruction sheet are provided below.  Upon completion of each quarterly report; email to NJmitigation@gw.njsp.org.

About Hazard Mitigation

Hazard mitigation ensures that fewer Americans and fewer communities become victims of natural and technological disasters. It is sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk and impact to people and property from natural and technological hazards. It results in safer communities that resist becoming victims when disaster strikes. Mitigation measures reduce risk for individuals, small and large businesses, and critical service locations such as hospitals, public safety facilities and utility stations.

Examples of mitigation include:

  • Promoting sound land use planning based on known community hazards
  • Adopting, and enforcing building codes and standards
  • Using fire-retardant materials in new construction
  • Buying flood insurance to protect personal property and belongings
  • Securing shelves and water heaters to walls
  • Elevating structures above the floodplain
  • Retrofitting highway overpasses to withstand earthquakes
  • Strengthening parapet walls on old masonry buildings
  • Anchoring bookcases in schools, libraries, and offices

Current dollars spent on mitigation significantly reduce the demand for large amounts of future dollars when natural disasters strike. This reduces economic disaster, which often accompanies the natural hazard event through destruction of property, loss or interruption of jobs, and closing or disabling of businesses.

To Contact the State Hazard Mitigation Office

Phone: 609-963-6900 ext. 6208
Email: NJmitigation@gw.njsp.org

Hazard Reduction Success Stories - "New Jersey Reduces Damage From Tropical Storm Floyd"

Full Document (pdf - 1219k) - Produced by the NJOEM and the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Tropical Storm Floyd, these stories illustrate some of the ways that people, industry and government in New Jersey reduced potential damage from this devastating storm. Some solutions are "hard" - like pumping stations; others are "soft" - such as environmental approaches to control flood damages. Others rely on common sense. Some projects cost millions, some cost next to nothing.

Mitigation Grant Programs And Project Funding Applications

HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT PROGRAM - The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides grants to States and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the program is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding is only available in States following a Presidential disaster declaration. Eligible applicants are state and local governments, Indian tribes or other tribal organizations, certain private non-profit organization.

Individual homeowners and businesses may not apply directly to the program; however a community may apply on their behalf. Projects must provide a long-term solution to a problem, for example, elevation of a home to reduce the risk of flood damages as opposed to buying sandbags and pumps to fight the flood. In addition, a project's potential savings must be more than the cost of implementing the project. Funds may be used to protect either public or private property or to purchase property that has been subjected to, or is in danger of, repetitive damage.

FLOOD MITIGATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - FMA provides funding to help States and communities reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insurable under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). There are three types of grants available under FMA: Planning, Project, and Technical Assistance Grants.

FMA Planning Grants are available to help States and communities develop Flood Mitigation Plans. FMA Project Grants are available to help States and NFIP participating communities implement measures to reduce flood losses. Communities receiving FMA Planning and Project Grants must be participating in the NFIP. Examples of eligible FMA projects include: elevation, acquisition (“buy-out”), or relocation of NFIP-insured structures.

FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance Brochure [pdf - 66k]

PRE-DISASTER MITIGATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - FEMA has long promoted disaster-resistant construction and retrofit of facilities that are vulnerable to hazards in order to reduce potential damages due to a hazard event. Through the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, Congress approved creation of a national Pre-disaster Hazard Mitigation program to provide a funding mechanism that is not dependent on a Presidential disaster declaration. This new program builds on the experience gained from previous community-based disaster mitigation grants, the HMGP, and other mitigation initiatives.

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