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Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant Program

Grants to USA States, Territories, and Tribal Governments
to Minimize the Negative Impacts of Flooding

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA), Mitigation Directorate, Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Division

Deadline Date:

01/29/21 3:00 PM ET Receipt

Description:

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Grants to US states, territories, and state and Indian tribal governments to prepare for and minimize the negative impacts of flooding. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take four weeks or more to complete. Funding is intended to support community hazard mitigation projects and advance assistance for project design and development.

The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program makes federal funds available to states, U.S. territories, Indian tribal governments, and local communities to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). FEMA will distribute the available FY 20 FMA funding amount as follows:

  • Project Scoping (previously Advance Assistance): Project Scoping to develop community flood mitigation projects and/or individual flood mitigation projects that will subsequently reduce flood claims against the NFIP. FEMA will select up to $4 million of Project Scoping subapplications. 
  • Community Flood Mitigation Projects: FEMA will select projects that address community flood risk for the purpose of reducing NFIP flood claim payments.
  • Technical Assistance: Technical Assistance to maintain a viable FMA program over time. To be eligible to apply for Technical Assistance, the Applicant must have received an FY 19 FMA Award of at least $1 million federal share.
  • Flood Hazard Mitigation Planning: Planning subapplications for the flood hazard component of State, Local, Territory, and Tribal (SLTT) Hazard Mitigation Plans and plan updates. 
  • Individual Flood Mitigation Projects: Projects that mitigate the risk of flooding to individual NFIP insured structures.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170529

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$160,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Project Scoping: Not to exceed $600,000 total federal cost share.

Community Flood Mitigation Projects: Each subapplication shall not exceed $30 million federal cost share.

Technical Assistance: up to $50,000 federal cost share for Recipients to which FEMA obligated an FY 2019 FMA Award of at least $1 million federal share.

Flood Hazard Mitigation Planning: FEMA will select eligible planning subapplications up to $100,000 federal cost share per Applicant with a maximum of $50,000 federal cost share for the flood only portion of state mitigation plan updates and a maximum of $25,000 federal cost share for the flood only portion of local mitigation plans. FEMA may reduce the federal cost share of any planning subapplication that exceeds the statutory maximums.

Individual Flood Mitigation Projects: FEMA may rank subapplications higher in each of the listed priorities where the average elevation federal cost share is less than $250,000 for all single dwelling units and the average acquisition federal cost share is less than $750,000 for all single dwelling units.

Term of Contract:

The Period of Performance (POP) is 36 months, starting on the date of the Recipient’s federal Award. Given the
complexity of the community flood mitigation projects, the POP for community flood mitigation projects is 48 months, starting on the date of the Recipient’s federal Award.

Extensions to the Period of Performance are allowed. For additional information on Period of Performance extensions, please refer to Section H, Additional Information, Period of Performance Extensions.

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
• States
• District of Columbia
• U.S. territories
• Indian tribal governments (federally recognized)

Each state, territory, the District of Columbia, and Indian tribal government (federally recognized) shall designate one agency to serve as the Applicant for FMA funding.

Subapplicants
• Local governments, including cities, townships, counties, special district governments, and Indian tribal governments (including federally recognized tribes who choose to apply as subapplicants), are considered subapplicants and must submit subapplications to their state/territory/tribal applicant agency.
• Subapplicants must have a FEMA-approved Local or Tribal Hazard Mitigation Plan by the Application deadline and at the time of obligation of grant funds for project, Project Scoping, and Technical Assistance subapplications.
Subapplicants must be participating in the NFIP, and not be withdrawn, on probation, or suspended.
• Structures identified in the subapplication must have an NFIP policy in effect at the FMA Application start date and must maintain it through completion of the mitigation activity and for the life of the structure.

Pre-Application Information:

Application and Funding Deadlines:
- The application period opens on September 30, 2020.
- FEMA will address any system-related issues Applicants and subapplicants are experiencing until 3:00 PM Eastern Time on 01/27/2021, two days before the application deadline. No new system-related issues will be addressed after this deadline.
- Eligible applicants must apply for funding using the new FEMA Grants Outcome (FEMA GO), which is now the management system for FMA and BRIC. Applications must be received in the FEMA GO Portal by January 29, 2021, at 3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET).
- Pre-Award Selection Notice: June 2021

Applicants may submit a maximum of 1 advanced assistance and 1 community mitigation project sub-application.

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 Grants.gov to recognize your information. Information on obtaining a DUNS number and registering in SAM is available from Grants.gov at: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html. Detailed information regarding DUNS and SAM is also provided in Section D of the NOFO, subsection, Content and Form of Application Submission.

Suggested Deadline for Completion - Registrations:
- Obtaining DUNS Number: Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Obtaining a valid EIN: Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Create account with login.gov: One week before actual submission deadline
- Registering in SAM or updating SAM registration: Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Registering with FEMA GO: One week before actual submission deadline

Applicants must have a FEMA-approved State or Tribal Hazard Mitigation Plan in accordance with Title 44 of the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) Part 201 by the Application deadline and at the time of obligation of grant funds for project, Project Scoping, and Technical Assistance subapplications.

Coat Share: Federal funding is available for up to 75 percent of the eligible activity costs. For more information, see https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/2020-08/fema_fy20-fma-notice-of-funding-opportunity_federal-register-notice_August-2020.pdf#page=5.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328499
Webinar recordings, presentation, and transcripts: https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/fy2020-nofo/webinars

Contact Information:

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

FEMA Online Grants Portal: https://go.fema.gov/

General questions about the FMA program can be directed to the appropriate FEMA Regional Office or SHMO. Contact information for FEMA Regional Offices is provided at https://www.fema.gov/about/contact. Contact information for the SHMOs is provided at https://www.fema.gov/state-hazard-mitigation-officers.

The HMA Helpline is available by telephone at (866) 222-3580.

For a hard copy of the full NOFO, please write a request to:
Kayed Lakhia
Director, Hazard Mitigation Assistance Division, Mitigation Directorate
Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration
Federal Emergency Management Agency
400 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20472

FEMA GO Help Desk
femago@fema.dhs.gov
FEMA GO technical support: 1-877-611-4700

CFDA Number:

97.029

Funding or Pin Number:

DHS-20-MT-029-000-99

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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