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Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant Program

Grants to USA State and Tribal Governments
to Minimize Structure Damage from Flooding

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

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01/31/20 3:00 PM EST


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Grants to USA and Territories state and federally-recognized tribal governments for projects that eliminate or decrease the risk of damage to structures and buildings caused by repeat flooding. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks 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 strengthens national preparedness and resilience and supports the mitigation mission area through Strategic Goal #1 Building a Culture of Preparedness of the 2018 – 2022 FEMA Strategic Plan.  The FMA grant program is focused on mitigating repetitive loss (RL) properties and severe repetitive loss (SRL) properties.

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, the FMA Program will prioritize proposals that address community flood risk. FEMA will seek to fund two types of community flood mitigation activities:

  • Advance Assistance for flood mitigation design and development of community flood mitigation projects that will subsequently reduce flood claims. Funding will be provided to develop mitigation strategies and obtain data to prioritize, select, and develop viable community flood mitigation projects. This design work will facilitate viable projects for future grant applications.
  • Mitigation projects that address community flood risk for the purpose of reducing NFIP flood claim payments. This will fund projects for proven techniques that integrate cost effective natural floodplain restoration solutions and improvements to NFIP-insured properties that benefit communities with high participation and favorable standing in the NFIP.

The remaining funding will be used for FMA technical assistance, flood mitigation planning, and mitigation projects that reduce the risk of flooding to severe repetitive loss (SRL) and repetitive loss (RL) properties.

Allowable costs are:

  •  Project design under advance assistance
  •  Planning costs
  •  Training related costs
  •  Domestic travel costs
  •  Construction and renovation costs
  •  Equipment costs

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GrantWatch ID#: 170529

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The maximum Federal cost share for FMA subapplications is as follows:

- $200,000 per Applicant for Community Mitigation Advance Assistance applications;
- $10 million per Applicant for Community Mitigation project applications;
- $50,000 for technical assistance for Recipients to which FEMA obligated at least $1 million in FMA awards in FY 2018;
- $50,000 for State flood hazard mitigation planning;
- $25,000 for local flood hazard mitigation planning;
- 10 percent of the grant application budget for Applicant management costs for Applicants to administer and manage grant and subgrant activities; and
- 5 percent of plan and project subapplication budget for subapplicant management costs for subapplicants to manage their plan or project activity

Term of Contract:

The Period of Performance (POP) starts with the acceptance of the award and ends no later than 36 months.

Given the complexity of the Community Flood Mitigation projects, the POP starts with the acceptance of the award and ends no later than 48 months from the funding Selection Date.

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

- States
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Territories
- Federally-recognized Indian Tribal governments

Each State, Territory, or Native American Tribal government shall designate one agency to serve as the Applicant for FMA funding. Certain political subdivisions (i.e., regional flood control districts or county governments) may apply and act as subapplicants if they are part of a community that is participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) where the political subdivision provides zoning and building code enforcement or planning and community development professional services for that community.

Local governments, including cities, townships, counties, special district governments, and non-Federally recognized tribal governments, or Federally-recognized tribes who choose to apply as subapplicants, are considered subapplicants and must submit subapplications for flood mitigation planning and projects to their State/territory/tribe Applicant agency. Structures identified in the subapplication must have an NFIP policy in force at the opening of the application period, October 1, 2019, and must maintain it through completion of the mitigation activity and for the life of the structure. For further details on subapplicants, see

Applicants should analyze the cost benefits of purchasing versus leasing equipment, especially high-cost items and those subject to rapid technical advances. Large equipment purchases must be identified and explained.

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 and operational overtime costs.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinars will be offered for FY2019 throughout September and October 2019 as follows:

- EGrants For Beginners: This webinar will be offered four times, and prospective FY19 applicants may attend any session. These webinars will be “MT eGrants 101” for basic users and new users. Topics covered will include how to access the system, where to go for help, and plenty of time for questions and answers. Primarily intended for sub-applicants and new users.

- Tribal: FEMA will offer a webinar on the FY19 NOFOs for interested tribal applicants.

- Avoiding Application Pitfalls: FEMA will offer a webinar on common pre-disaster mitigation grant application errors and how to avoid them. This webinar will be offered two times, and applicants may attend either session.

For dates, times, and information about the Webinars, see

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Times:

- Date Posted to 8/26/2019
- Application Start Date: 9/30/2019
- Application Submission Deadline: 01/31/2020 at 3:00 p.m. [Eastern Standard Time]
- Anticipated Funding Selection Date: 06/01/2020
- Anticipated Award Date: 12/30/2020

Subapplicants submit mitigation planning and project subapplications to their State during the open application cycle. After reviewing project and planning applications to determine if they meet the program’s requirements, the States, territories, or federally-recognized tribal governments prioritize and forward the applications to their FEMA Regional Office. 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. For further details on subapplications, see

The required format for grant and subgrant applications is built into FEMA’s grant application system:

- Mitigation planning activities must be submitted in a planning subgrant application;
- Community flood mitigation Advance Assistance activities must be submitted in a planning subgrant application;
- Community flood mitigation project activities and SRL or RL property mitigation projects must be submitted in a project subgrant application;
- Applicant management costs (for Applicants only) must be submitted in a management costs subgrant application;
- Technical assistance costs must be submitted in a technical assistance subgrant application;
- FMA grant applications, including applicant-approved planning, project, management costs, advance assistance and technical assistance subapplications must be submitted in an FY 2019 FMA grant application.

FEMA recommends that Applicants attach approved planning, project, technical assistance, advance assistance and management costs subgrant applications to their FMA grant applications at least 72 hours prior to the application deadline to allow time for the Applicant to review and correct issues that may prevent subgrant applications from being attached to a FMA grant 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, and then an additional 24 hours for to recognize your information. Information on obtaining a DUNS number and registering in SAM is available from at

Grant recipients must provide a cost share of 25 percent of eligible activity costs derived from non-Federal sources with FEMA contributing up to a 75 percent Federal cost share. For details regarding required cost share or match, see

For further details on the FMA Grant Program: (For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on this page.)

About the Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant 2019:

For information and guidance on Hazard Mitigation Assistance (including information on FMA):

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:

Mitigation eGrants System Helpdesk

Contact information for FEMA Regional Offices is provided at

Contact information for the SHMOs is provided at hazard-mitigation-officers.

The HMA Helpline is available via telephone 1-866-222-3580 or email

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

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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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