Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities

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 bchelpline@fema.dhs.gov 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.

The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) makes federal funds available through the new Building Resilient Infrastructures and Communities (BRIC) grant program to states, local communities, tribes and territories (SLTTs) for pre-disaster mitigation activities.

BRIC is a new FEMA pre-disaster hazard mitigation program that replaces the existing Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program. The Disaster Recovery Reform Act, Section 1234; amended Section 203 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) and authorizes BRIC.

The BRIC priorities are to:

  • incentivize public infrastructure projects;

  • incentivize projects that mitigate risk to one or more lifelines;

  • incentivize projects that incorporate nature-based solutions; and,

  • incentivize adoption and enforcement of modern building codes.

FEMA has published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the BRIC grant program. The Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) BRIC NOFO can be accessed at www.Grants.gov. FEMA encourages reviewing the BRIC NOFO before applying, as it provides detailed program information and other grant application and administration requirements.


Application Funding

There were $660 million available for the FMA and BRIC programs combined. There was $160 million available in funding for FMA and $500 million for BRIC.



2021 BRIC Forms

2021 BRIC NOFO

2021 Notice of Interest

2020 BRIC Forms

2020 Notice of Interest

2020 BRIC Fact Sheet

2020 BRIC NOFO