Vermont Department of Public Safety - Vermont Emergency Management (VEM)
Grants to Vermont nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and tribes to reduce the impacts of potential natural disasters. The purpose of this program is to help eliminate or reduce the loss of life or property. Funding is available for acquisitions, infrastructure development, and planning activities.
“Hazard Mitigation” is sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and their property from hazards.
Typical hazard mitigation projects include: mitigation of local roads and bridges, home acquisition (buyout), structural elevations or relocations, replacement of undersized culverts, mitigation outreach and education, etc. Project proposals do not need to be directly connected to damages incurred from the most recent declared disaster.
HMGP Acquisition applications are projects for the voluntary acquisition of an existing at-risk structure and the underlying land, and conversion of the land to open space through EITHER the 1) demolition or 2) relocation of the structure. The property must be deed-restricted in perpetuity to open space uses to restore and/or conserve the natural floodplain functions. Both residential and commercial properties are eligible.
General Information: HMGP Infrastructure applications include projects for upsizing and improving culverts, road relocation, slope stabilization, building elevation and flood-proofing, generators for critical facilities, and minor localized flood reduction projects.
Planning and 5% Initiative Projects:
HMGP Planning applications are for projects that result in a FEMA-approved Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP), or a revision to a section of a currently approved LHMP.
HMGP 5% Initiative applications are for projects that are consistent with local and state mitigation plans, where there is a reasonable expectation that future damage or loss of life and property will be reduced or prevented by the activity, and for which it may be difficult to conduct a standard FEMA Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) to prove cost-effectiveness.
GrantWatch ID#: 162686
The VEM Mitigation Team supports other state agencies, nonprofits, Regional Planning Commissions and municipalities.
Eligible Applicants and/or Subapplicants:
-Indian tribes or other tribal organizations
-Private nonprofit organizations
Individual homeowners and businesses may not apply directly to the program; however an eligible Applicant or Subapplicant may apply on their behalf.
Please note the following eligibility requirements:
1) Communities must have a FEMA approved and adopted local hazard mitigation plan. This program will accept applications from towns currently lacking an approved mitigation plan, but FEMA will not release awarded project funds unless the mitigation plan has been approved by FEMA and adopted. Those towns lacking an approved plan must indicate on their HMGP application that they commit to completing a local mitigation plan within 12 months of application submittal; they can also contact their local Regional Planning Commission for assistance.
2) Communities must be in good standing with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), if a special flood hazard area (SFHA) has been identified in the community and if the proposed project is located within the SFHA.
3) Communities must have an adopted Local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP) in place. If a town currently lacks an LEOP, HMGP applications will be accepted but funds may not be released until the local EOP is in place. For assistance with LEOP development, towns may contact their local Regional Planning Commission.
Federal funds are available to cover up to 75% of approved project costs; however, please note that there is a 25% local match requirement that is the responsibility of the applicant town.
If you wish to apply for HMGP funding, please submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to VEM. The LOI should include a brief description of your proposal and the total estimated cost of your project. Please note that LOIs are strongly encouraged, but not required.
The application deadline for this round of HMGP funding will be April 30th, 2018.
Planning and 5% Initiatives:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Lauren Oates, State Hazard Mitigation Officer
Vermont Emergency Management
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1300