FEMA Announces Open Application Period for Fiscal Year 2021 Hazard Mitigation Grants
The fiscal year 2021 application period opened on Sept. 30, 2021 for the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant programs. There is $1 billion available for the BRIC program, and $160 million available for the FMA program. The application period closes on Jan. 28, 2022.
FEMA announced the Notices of Funding Opportunities for the two grant programs in early August to combat climate change and protect underserved communities against disaster hazards. FEMA has also released guidance for states, local communities, tribal and territorial governments to streamline the application process for hospital generators, acquisitions and elevations projects.
FEMA understands that the effort necessary to demonstrate cost-effectiveness for projects can increase the burden on subapplicants, particularly those with limited access to resources. Streamlining the process shows FEMA's commitment to deliver its hazard mitigation programs with equity and supports building capacity and capability in underserved and at-risk communities.
The guidance establishes pre-calculated benefit values to reduce the time and resources needed to complete and review cost-effectiveness for hospital generators, acquisitions, and elevation projects. In addition, it aims to increase the availability of mitigation opportunities to help communities increase resilience against future disasters.
The Benefit Cost Analysis Helpline hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Email questions to email@example.com or call toll free at 855-540-6744.
For more information about guidance on acquisitions, elevation and hospital generator projects, view the memorandums, Pre-Calculated Benefits for Certain Hospital Generators to Demonstrate Cost-Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness Determinations for Acquisitions and Elevations in Special Flood Hazard Areas Using Pre-Calculated Benefits, on FEMA’s website.