Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs

Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Grants

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides HMA grant funding to eligible states to pursue mitigation activities. FEMA also provides HMA grant funding to tribes, counties, local jurisdictions and public non-profits, with the state as the pass-through agent. Individuals are not eligible to apply for this grant. HMA programs reduce community vulnerability to disasters and their effects, promote individual and community safety and resilience, and promote community vitality after an incident. Furthermore, HMA programs reduce response and recovery resource requirements in the wake of a disaster or incident, which results in a safer community that is less reliant on external financial assistance.

Hazard mitigation is defined as any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards and their effects.

Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Grants are actually a family of mitigation grants which are available to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards and their effects. They are 1) Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grants, 2) Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grants, 3) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and 4) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program-Post Fire (HMGP-Post Fire). Each of the four grants is unique, yet shares similarities with the other mitigation grants. Each project should be completed within the grants’ 36-month period of performance. Wyoming encourages mitigation projects year round and accepts notices of interest from jurisdictions/public non-profits at any time. The purpose of the notice of interest is to provide initial project eligibility screening for potential mitigation grant applicants.

Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM)

PDM is open annually and is funded by Congressional allocation each year. This grant can be used to fund mitigation projects which address the impact of any natural hazard. All projects must be cost effective. Projects submitted will compete nationally. The timing of the application period varies each year, but is usually opened in the fall.

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)

FMA is open for application annually and is funded by premiums from participants in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This grant can be used to fund mitigation projects which address the impact of flooding. All projects must be cost effective. Projects submitted will compete nationally. The timing of the application period varies each year, but usually coincides with the PDM grant application in the fall.

Hazard Mitation Grant Program (HMGP)

HMGP opens for applications upon receipt of a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the State of Wyoming. It is funded under the authority of Section 404 of the Robert T Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended. This grant can be used to fund mitigation projects which address the impact of any natural hazard. All projects must be cost effective. Projects submitted for consideration will compete within the state. All funding stays within Wyoming. The timing of an application period is dependent on a Presidential Disaster Declaration. Some years Wyoming does not receive a disaster declaration and there is no funding is available in the grant. Other years Wyoming receives more than one disaster declaration. There are multiple application periods.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program-Post Fire (HMGP-Post Fire)

HMGP-Post Fire opens for applications upon receipt of a Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) In Wyoming. (An FMAG is used to assist with the cost of wildfire suppression.) HMGP-Post Fire is funded under the authority of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA), Public Law 115-254 which was enacted Oct. 5, 2018 and made numerous legislative changes to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

First priority for this grant is given to fire mitigation activities which benefit the fire-impacted county or tribal lands. (Examples of prioritized projects include defensible space measures, ignition resistant construction, hazardous fuels reduction, erosion control measures or flash flood reduction measures.)

Second priority is given to mitigation activities unrelated to wildfire, but within the fire-impacted county or tribal lands.

Third priority is given to wildfire mitigation projects located outside the fire-impacted county or tribal land.

Fourth priority is given to mitigation activities unrelated to wildfire outside of the fire-impacted county or tribal land. All projects must be cost effective. All funding stays within Wyoming. Timing of application period(s) opening will vary, based on the first FMAG declaration for Wyoming.

Documents and Forms

New Recipients of Disaster Grants Guide

This document combines pre-disaster preparation recommendations, program requirements and associated deadlines, and other information from all three grant programs.

The guide also outlines the critical statutory, policy and procedural requirements for recipients of FEMA disaster assistance grants. The scope of the guide includes pre-disaster preparations and post-disaster actions and is tailored to an audience of current (or prospective) recipients of federal disaster grant funding. The information is meant to supplement available programmatic guidance and assist new recipients with limited experience in navigating the FEMA disaster grant process.

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Guidance (pdf)

Provides details regarding mitigation grants including Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA).

Subgrant Project Application (Word)

A Word version of the on-line, web-based FEMA Mitigation Grant Application. It gives sub-applicants an opportunity to gather information needed for the grant application in advance of data entry into the web-based application.

We encourage potential applicants (following submission of the Notice of Interest and response back indicating their project is eligible for one of the mitigation grants) to gather information and record it electronically on the Word document prior to working with the application in the website. This helps ensure information is in one place, easy to access once a mitigation grant application period opens.

Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) Toolkit

The new version of FEMA’s Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) Toolkit, Version 6.0, is now available to the public and may be used for project applications. Version 6.0 features an improved user experience and 80% reduction in data inputs compared to the previous version. Please also see the Release Notes for important information.

To utilize Version 6.0, download here and install the Microsoft Excel Add-in by following the directions below:

  1. With Microsoft Excel open, go to the Insert tab, in the Add-ins section, click on My Add-ins.
  2. Select the Store option and search for FEMA Benefit-Cost Analysis Calculator. Click Add.
  3. You should now see the FEMA BCA V6.0 icon in the upper righthand ribbon bar.
  4. To launch the Toolkit, click on the FEMA BCA V6.0 button. A sidebar will open.
  5. Click Open Calculator to begin your BCA.
  6. The add-in window will open and take you to the Home screen. From here you can start a new project by clicking Add Project.
  7. To save your work, click “Finish” on the second screen, close the add-in window, and save the Excel file, renaming it if desired.

If users need additional assistance with installing the Excel Add-in for the Benefit Cost Analysis Calculator, Microsoft provides detailed step-by-step directions at the following link.

Version 5.3 of the BCA toolkit can still be used but will no longer be updated or supported. We highly recommend the transition to the new version as version 5.3 will be phased out over the next several months.

For assistance installing or using the BCA Toolkit, please contact the BCA Helpline at bchelpline@fema.dhs.gov or 1-855-540-6744. For more information about FEMA’s BCA program, see www.fema.gov/benefit-cost-analysis.


Notice of Interest (Word)

This form is the first step (of several) to apply for a FEMA Mitigation Grant. This is the Notice of Interest form. WOHS accepts Notices of Interest at any time. Those interested in seeking mitigation grant funding do not need to wait for an open application period to submit a Notice of Interest.

FEMA Grant Application

Assurances - need to be attached to each mitigation grant application.

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Guidance (pdf)

Provides details regarding mitigation grants including Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA).

Subgrant Project Application (Word)

A Word version of the on-line, web-based FEMA Mitigation Grant Application. It gives sub-applicants an opportunity to gather information needed for the grant application in advance of data entry into the web-based application.

We encourage potential applicants (following submission of the Notice of Interest and response back indicating their project is eligible for one of the mitigation grants) to gather information and record it electronically on the Word document prior to working with the application in the website. This helps ensure information is in one place, easy to access once a mitigation grant application period opens.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program - Post Fire