Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs

President Biden approved more than $3.46 billion to increase resilience to the impacts of climate change nationwide. This significant investment will be available for natural hazard mitigation measures across the 59 major disaster declarations issued due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

With the growing climate change crisis facing the nation, FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program will provide funding to states, tribes, and territories for mitigation projects to reduce the impacts of climate change. Every state, tribe, and territory that received a major disaster declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be eligible to receive 4% of those disaster costs to invest in mitigation projects that reduce risks from natural disasters. This influx of funding will help communities prioritize mitigation needs for a more resilient future, including underserved communities that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. These projects can help address effects of climate change and other unmet mitigation needs, including using funds to promote equitable outcomes in underserved communities

“The Department of Homeland Security is committed to helping build stronger and more resilient communities that are prepared for future disasters,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “States, tribes, territories, and localities will now receive the funding needed to treat the climate crisis with the sense of urgency it demands. Through this funding, communities across the nation will have the critical resources needed to invest in adaptation and resilience, and take meaningful action to combat the effects of climate change. This funding will also help to ensure the advancement of equity in all communities, especially those that are disproportionately at risk from climate change impacts.”

https://www.fema.gov/disaster/coronavirus/disaster-declarations - Every state, tribe, and territory that received a major disaster declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be eligible to receive 4% of those disaster costs to invest in mitigation projects that reduce risks from natural disasters. This link lists what each state/territory/tribe has been authorized in HMGP funds.


https://www.fema.gov/blog/hazard-mitigation-funding-now-available - Hazard Mitigation funding is now available and there are several webinars that FEMA is hosting about mitigation projects, planning and an overview on how communities can apply for Hazard Mitigation Assistance.



"Climate change is our country’s biggest crisis. Our communities will continue to suffer from losses caused by extreme weather events unless we invest in mitigation efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change. This new funding is a tangible solution that we can implement today to help prevent future disasters. It will allow us to provide direct aid to states, tribes, and territories to complete mitigation projects, strengthen our infrastructure, identify long term solutions to these hazards and ultimately make a real difference in our communities,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell.

Communities across the country have been impacted by the enormous effects of hurricanes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and other events. The increasing duration, intensity, and severity of such disasters—which are exacerbated by climate change as well as changes in population, land use, and weather patterns—are alarming and devastating, especially for underserved populations.

For eligible mitigation projects, HMGP funding can cover 75% of total project costs and states or communities cover the remaining share. Preparing and mitigating for the impacts of climate change, which is one of the most important threats facing the United States, requires the full collaboration of the Federal Government to support state, local, tribal, and territorial governments.

The FEMA Mitigation Action Portfolio includes examples of innovative mitigation projects that address many types of natural hazards and emphasize the importance of collaboration between governments, private sector entities, and non-governmental organizations in order to achieve effective hazard mitigation and disaster resilience. For example, mitigation projects can:

  • Reduce risks associated with climate change, such as wildfires, drought, increased flooding, and coastal erosion, through the use of nature-based features, such as storm water parks, living shorelines, and land conservation.

  • Address persistent residential vulnerabilities by mitigating repetitive loss structures affected by flooding.

  • Help utilities or other critical facilities adapt to future conditions and reduce risks, through microgrids, seismic and wind retrofits, flood protection, and other infrastructure protection measures.

This one-time investment represents a 23% increase in the funding made available for declared disasters since the program’s inception. Over the past 30 years, this program has made more than $15 billion available to states, tribes, and territories to make communities more resilient and reduce risks from future disasters.

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.

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.

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.

Download the Notice of Interest for 2020 FMA, BRIC and HMGP Grants. (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