Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities

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.

FEMA Training Announcement

K0212 – Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance: Developing Quality Application Elements

Agenda

The purpose of this course is to educate students in the process of developing quality mitigation planning and project grant application elements for the Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs.

DATES: Jan 19- 28 (approximately 4-5 hours per day) 8 a.m. Mountain Time

Training will be conducted via Adobe Connect and the URL will be provided soon. This is the first virtual offering of this course and is limited to 10-15 participants to determine the efficacy of the course in a virtual setting.

We value your feedback and hope that you or your staff can take advantage of this training for next years BRIC program or open HMGP application periods.

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to identify eligible mitigation planning and project activities and develop quality applications for the HMA grant programs. This course will provide clear instruction and group activities that will educate the student on all phases of a grant from mitigation activity identification through application and award. It will further provide detailed instruction on the principals of project management to ensure the student is equipped to properly manage the grant during the implementation phase.

Prerequisites

Required: IS-393.b, Introduction to Hazard Mitigation, IS-212, Introduction to Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance.

Recommended: E/L0276, Benefit-Cost Analysis.

https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-212.b

https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-393.b

Target Audience

This course is intended for local jurisdictions, tribal governments, non-profit organizations, state, FEMA employees, and public or private sector organizations that offer consulting services to Unified HMA grant applicants.

To Apply

Complete a FEMA Form 119-25-1, General Admissions Application, with student signature and signature of supervisor or sponsoring agency



Application Funding and Deadlines

This year there is $660 million available for the FMA and BRIC programs combined. There is $160 million available in funding for FMA and $500 million for BRIC.

The application period opens on September 30, 2020. Eligible applicants must apply for funding using the new FEMA Grants Outcome (FEMA GO), which is now the management system for FMA and BRIC. Applications must be received in the FEMA GO Portal by January 29, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). Applications received by FEMA GO after this date will not be considered for funding.


2020 BRIC Forms

2020 Notice of Interest

2020 BRIC Fact Sheet

2020 BRIC NOFO