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Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant Program

 
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    CFDA#

    97.029
     

    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award

    Authority

    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

    Summary

    The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program provides funds to assist States and communities implement measures that reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The FMA Grant Program was created as part of the National Flood Insurance Reform Act (NFIRA) with the goal of reducing or eliminating claims under the NFIP. The FMA Grant Program is focused on mitigating repetitive loss (RL) properties and severe repetitive loss (SRL) properties.


    In FY20, the FMA Program will prioritize proposals that address community flood risk. FEMA will seek to fund two types of community flood mitigation activities:

    1. Advance Assistance for flood mitigation design and development of community flood mitigation projects. Funding can be used to obtain data and to prioritize, select, and develop community flood hazard projects for future funding.
    2. Community Flood Mitigation Projects that address flood risk for the purpose of reducing NFIP claim payments. Eligible activities must benefit NFIP-insured properties and include, but are not limited to: (1) Infrastructure protective measures; (2) Localized flood control; (3) Floodwater storage and diversion; (4) Floodplain and stream restoration; (5) Water and sanitary sewer system protective measures; (6) Utility protective measures; (7) Stormwater management; (8) Aquifer storage and recovery; (9) Wetland restoration/creation.

    The remaining funding, will be used for FMA technical assistance, mitigation planning, and mitigation projects reducing risk to SRL and RL properties.


    Allowable costs include:

    • Project design (advance assistance only)
    • Planning costs
    • Training related costs
    • Domestic travel costs
    • Construction and renovation costs
    • Equipment costs

    Unallowable costs are exercise-related costs and operational overtime costs

     

    History of Funding

    In FY 2017, FEMA received 233 FMA sub-applications submitted by 34 states and territories totaling over $321 million. FEMA selected 9 planning, 189 projects, 6 technical assistance and 29 applicant management cost subapplications.. A list of those sub-recipients can be viewed at: https://www.fema.gov/flood-mitigation-assistance-fy-2017-subapplication-status.

    Additional Information

    A Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) property is a structure that:

    • Is covered under a contract for flood insurance made available under the NFIP; and
    • Has incurred flood-related damage
      • i. For which four or more separate claims payments (includes building and contents) have been made under flood insurance coverage with the amount of each such claim exceeding $5,000, and with the cumulative amount of such claims payments exceeding $20,000, or
      • For which at least two separate claims payments (includes only building) have been made under such coverage, with the cumulative amount of such claims exceeding the market value of the insured structure.

    A Repetitive Loss (RL) property is a structure covered by a contract for flood insurance made available under the NFIP that:

    • Has incurred flood-related damage on two occasions, in which the cost of the repair, on the average, equaled or exceeded 25 percent of the market value of the structure at the time of each such flood event; and
    • At the time of the second incidence of flood-related damage, the contract for flood insurance contains Increased Cost of Compliance coverage.

    For insular areas, including American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, FEMA automatically waives the non-Federal cost share when the nonFederal cost share for the entire grant is under $200,000. If the non-Federal cost share for the entire grant is $200,000 or greater, FEMA may waive all or part of the cost share.

    Contacts

    FEMA Call Center

    FEMA Call Center
    500 C Street SW
    Washington, DC 20472
    (866) 927-5646
     

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are States, the District of Columbia, Federally-recognized Native American Tribal governments, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Local governments are considered sub-applicants and must apply to their applicant state/territory

    Deadline Details

    State Administering Agencies were to submit applications to FEMA by January 31, 2019. A similar deadline is anticipated annually. 


    Please contact your State Hazard Mitigation Officer, federally-recognized tribal government official and/or a local government official to obtain detailed information on the FMA application process in your area.

    Award Details

    Up to $210,000,000 is available in FY 2019 for an anticipated 120 awards. Cost sharing/matching of 25% the total project is required. FEMA may contribute up to 100% federal cost share for severe repetitive loss (SRL) properties. FEMA may contribute up to 90% federal cost share for repetitive loss (RL) properties.

    Projects under the Advance Assistance will last for 36 months, while projects under the Community Flood Mitigation will last for 48 months

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