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Gov’t Releasing $5B to Make Communities More Resilient

FEMA’s three “funding opportunities” give money to state and local governments that apply. The “pre-disaster funding” generally goes to disaster mitigation efforts.

WASHINGTON – The federal government is offering $4.62 billion toward various mitigation efforts – called “pre-disaster funding” – for local and state governments that apply.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), three pre-disaster funding opportunities can help states and communities prepare for major disasters. Those include “preparedness in advance of climate-related extreme weather events and other disasters, and improve their ability to recover after these events.”

FEMA’s three funding opportunities

  • $1 billion for its Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program for Fiscal Year 2021. This new program, launched in 2020, provides grants to states, local communities, tribes, and territories to reduce their vulnerability to natural hazard events before they occur. This year, the Biden Administration doubled the program’s funding and implemented changes to boost funding opportunities for tribes and disadvantaged communities.
  • $3.46 billion for its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The 59 states, tribes, and territories that received a major disaster declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to receive 4% of the disaster costs related to their declaration to invest in mitigation projects. It will help better prepare and protect communities from natural disasters and the impacts of climate change.
  • $160 million for its Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program for Fiscal Year 2021. The money can be used to reduce or eliminate the risks of repetitive flood damage to homes and buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program.

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