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Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant

Grants to USA State, Territory, and Tribal
Governments to Improve Natural Hazard Mitigation

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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11/14/17 3:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA state, territory, and tribal governments to implement natural hazard mitigation strategies. Applicants are advised to complete the required registrations at least four weeks prior to the deadline. The purpose of this program is to reduce the overall risk to structures and populations with regards to future natural disasters, while also mitigating community reliance on Federal funding in the case of future disasters.

This program awards planning and project grants and provides opportunities for raising public awareness about reducing future losses before disaster strikes. Mitigation planning is a key process used to break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. PDM grants are funded annually by Congressional appropriations and are awarded on a nationally competitive basis.

FEMA requires state, territorial, tribal, and local governments to develop and adopt hazard mitigation plans as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for PDM mitigation projects.

Project subapplications submitted for consideration for PDM funding must be consistent with the goals and objectives identified in the current, FEMA-approved State or Tribal (Standard or Enhanced) hazard mitigation plan along with the local or tribal hazard mitigation plan for the jurisdiction in which the activity is located.

Planning subapplications submitted for consideration for PDM funding must result in a mitigation plan adopted by the jurisdiction(s) and approved by FEMA. PDM funds mitigation planning to help States, U.S. Territories, Federally-recognized tribes and local governments engage in a planning process that meets the requirements outlined in 44 CFR Part 201 Mitigation Planning.

Allowable costs are:
-Planning costs
-Training related costs
-Domestic travel costs
-Construction and renovation costs
-Equipment costs

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 137194

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Projected Number of Awards: 250

Estimated Size of Grant:

Program Funding Restrictions. No applicant may receive more than 15 percent of the appropriated PDM funding, or $15 million, per Section 203(f)(2)(B) of the Stafford Act.

The maximum Federal share for PDM activities is as follows:
-$4 million for mitigation projects
-$400,000 for new mitigation plans consistent with 44 CFR Part 201
-$300,000 for state/territorial and multi-jurisdictional local or tribal mitigation plan updates consistent with 44 CFR Part 201
-$150,000 for single jurisdiction local or tribal mitigation plan updates consistent with 44 CFR Part 201
-10 percent of plan and project subapplications for information dissemination activities including public awareness and education (brochures, workshops, videos, etc.) related to a proposed planning or project activity
-5 percent of plan and project subapplication budget for subapplicant management costs for subapplicants to manage their plan or project activity
-10 percent of the grant application budget for applicant management costs for applicants to administer and manage grant and subgrant activities

Term of Contract:

The Period of Performance begins with the opening of the application period and ends no later than 36 months from the Funding Selection Date.

An extension to the Period of Performance for this program is allowed.

The Projected Period of Performance Start Date is 08/14/2017.

The Projected Period of Performance End Date is 01/30/2021.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-District of Columbia
-U.S. Territories
-Federally recognized Native American Tribal governments

Each State, Territory, Commonwealth, or Native American Tribal government shall designate one agency to serve as the applicant for PDM funding. Each applicant’s designated agency may submit only one PDM grant application to FEMA. Applications under which two or more entities would carry out the award are eligible, such as a multi-state or multi-tribal initiative; however, only one entity may be the applicant with primary responsibility for carrying out the award.

Local governments, including cities, townships, counties, special district governments, and Native American tribal organizations are considered subapplicants and must submit subapplications for mitigation planning and projects to their State/Territory applicant agency.

All applicants and subapplicants submitting project subapplications must have a FEMA approved Mitigation Plan by the application deadline and at the time of obligation in accordance with Title 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 201. Project applications submitted by applicants or subapplicants that do not have an approved and adopted mitigation plan as of the application deadline are ineligible.

All mitigation projects submitted as part of a PDM grant application must be consistent with the goals and objectives identified in a) the current, FEMA-approved State or Tribal (Standard or Enhanced) mitigation plan and b) the local Mitigation Plan for the jurisdiction in which the project is located. There is no mitigation plan requirement for applicants and subapplicants to submit planning subapplications for the development of a new mitigation plan or the update of a mitigation plan.

Other Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the state/territory allocation or the tribal set aside, the applicant’s highest ranked planning or project subapplication must not exceed $575,000 Federal share. There is no limit to the number of planning and project subapplications that applicants can submit for the state/territory allocation or tribal set aside up to $575,000 federal share, but the applicant must rank them higher than subapplications for competitive consideration (see the Review and Selection Process in section E of this NOFO).

Applicants may include no more than nine project subapplications for competitive consideration over and above any project(s) submitted for the state/territory allocation or tribal set aside.

Any applicant agency willing to serve as the applicant for multi-state or multi- tribal mitigation activities may include one multi-state/tribal project subapplication(s) in their grant application for a maximum of ten competitive projects, notwithstanding any project(s) submitted towards their state/territory allocation or tribal set aside. Applicants who include multi-state/tribal subapplication(s) in their grant application must clearly identify how the effort will be coordinated.

Award funds may not be used for matching funds for any other Federal grants/cooperative agreements, lobbying, or intervention in Federal regulatory or adjudicatory proceedings. In addition, Federal funds may not be used to sue the Federal government or any other government entity.

Unallowable costs are:
-Exercise related costs
-Operational Overtime costs

Pre-Application Information:

FEMA awards PDM funds to State, U.S. Territory, and Federally-recognized tribal Applicants, who in-turn provide subawards to local government Subapplicants.

Subapplicants (i.e., local governments) submit mitigation planning and project subapplications to their State during the open application cycle. After reviewing planning and project applications to determine if they meet the program’s requirements, the Applicants (i.e,. States, U.S. Territories, or Federally-recognized tribal governments) prioritize and forward the planning and project applications in a PDM grant application to FEMA. Locals should contact their State Hazard Mitigation Officer or Federally-recognized tribal/local government official to obtain detailed information on the PDM application process.

Cost share is required under this program. Federal funding is available for up to 75 percent of the eligible activity costs. The remaining 25 percent of eligible activity costs must be derived from non-Federal sources.

The non-Federal cost share contribution is calculated based on the total cost of the proposed activity. For example, if the total cost is $400,000 and the non-Federal cost share is 25 percent, then the non-Federal contribution is $100,000: 25 percent of $400,000 is $100,000.

Small, impoverished communities are eligible for up to a 90 percent Federal cost share for their mitigation planning and project subapplications in accordance with the Stafford Act.

Native American Tribal applicants meeting the definition of a small, impoverished community that apply to FEMA directly as applicants are eligible for a 90 percent Federal cost share for their planning, project and management costs sub-applications, which make up their overall PDM grant application.

Applicants and subapplicants must request the Federal cost share amount up to 90 percent in the Cost Share section of their planning, project and management costs subapplication(s). Applicants must certify small, impoverished community status and provide documentation with the subapplication(s) to justify up to a 90 percent Federal cost share. If documentation is not submitted with the subapplication, then FEMA will provide no more than 75 percent Federal share of the total eligible costs.

For insular areas, including American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, FEMA automatically waives the non-Federal cost share when the non-Federal 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. If FEMA does not waive the cost share, the insular area must pay the entire non-Federal cost-share amount, not only the amount over $200,000.

NOTE: If you are going to apply for this funding opportunity and have not obtained a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and/or are not currently registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), please take immediate action to obtain a DUNS Number, if applicable, and then to register immediately in SAM . It may take 4 weeks or more after you submit your SAM registration before your registration is active in SAM, then an additional 24 hours for to recognize your information.

To be considered timely, a PDM grant application must be submitted by the application deadline via the Mitigation eGrants system, and the Applicant must have received a confirmation message in eGrants that indicates successful PDM grant submission to FEMA.

It is recommended that applicants attach approved planning, project and management costs subgrant applications to their PDM grant applications at least 72 hours prior to the application deadline in order to allow time for the Applicant to review and correct issues that may prevent subgrant applications from being attached to a PDM grant application (see the Content and Form of Application Submission subsection below).

Applicants are advised to complete the following actions four weeks before the submission deadline:
-Obtaining Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number
-Obtaining a valid Employer Identification Number (EIN)
-Register with the System for Award Management (SAM)
-Register for access to the FEMA Grants Portal and request access to the Mitigation eGrants system

Key Dates and Times:
-Date Posted to 07/10/2017
-Application Start Date: 08/14/2017
-Application Submission Deadline: 11/14/2017 at 03:00 PM (Eastern Time)
-Anticipated Funding Selection Date: 01/30/2018
-Anticipated Award Date: 12/30/2018

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Contact information for the State Hazard Mitigation Officers (SHMOs) is provided on the FEMA website:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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