Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Post Fire

Grant
  • Program Type
    Grant
  • Supplemental Funding Available (Y/N)
    yes

Wildfires can destroy homes, businesses, infrastructure, natural resources, and agriculture. They can also increase secondary hazards and leave areas prone to floods, erosion, and mudflows for many years.

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) has Post Fire assistance available to help communities implement hazard mitigation measures after wildfire disasters.

FEMA Accessible: Hazard Mitigation

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has several programs to reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages.

As part of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs, funding is available to communities for eligible mitigation planning and projects. Several examples of Hazard Mitigation projects include elevating homes so that potential flood waters flow underneath the structures; building residential and community safe rooms that provide safety from strong winds, such as tornados; and clearing trees and brush from around homes to reduce the impact of wildfires.

To determine the best long term mitigation plans for a community, many people need to work together. Representatives from state, tribal, territorial and local governments work with community leaders, emergency managers, local businesses and organizations, environmental groups, faith-based organizations and schools to determine the best long range mitigation plans.

FEMA’s goal is to achieve universally accessible and inclusive emergency management practices. As appropriate, factors for universal design should be incorporated into Hazard Mitigation Assistance projects to serve the whole community to the greatest extent possible. FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs work with leaders of the state, tribal and territorial governments – and not directly with business and home owners.

If you are an individual business or home owner who is interested in mitigation assistance and you live in an area with a presidential disaster declaration, you may contact your local, tribal or territorial government’s emergency management agency and request that your community apply for mitigation funding on your behalf. For more information about FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs, please visit fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance.

Pre-Calculated Benefits

Projects are required to be cost-effective, meaning future benefits must equal or exceed project costs. Typically, cost-effectiveness is analyzed using the Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) software toolkit. However, in an effort to streamline the HMA grant application process, FEMA has determined that certain project types (including post-wildfire mitigation) that meet specific criteria are cost-effective. Projects that qualify for these pre-calculated benefits do not require a separate BCA. Pre-calculated benefits of $5,250 per acre are available for the following post-wildfire mitigation project types:

  • Soil stabilization
  • Flood diversion
  • Reforestation projects
  • Future Phases

    Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.

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