The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)  provides funds to states, local communities, tribes and territories for eligible mitigation activities to strengthen our nation’s ability to build a culture of preparedness. These programs fund projects that invest in a more resilient nation, reduce disaster suffering and avoid future disaster costs.

The application period opens on Sept. 30 and the funding notices are available on Grants.gov.

This year’s BRIC grant amount is $1 billion. BRIC’s guiding principles have been revised to reduce future losses and promote equity, including prioritizing assistance that benefits disadvantaged communities as referenced in line with the administration’s Justice40 Initiative. Scoring criteria for the competitive grant program has been adjusted to incentivize mitigation actions that consider climate change and future conditions, populations impacted and economically disadvantaged rural communities.

FMA’s grant amount this year is $160 million. FMA will use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Social Vulnerability Index as a selection factor in its competitive scoring process. This means underserved populations will receive more points for projects that benefit their communities.

Monroe County is participating in this grant program.  For more information about how you can be included in the County’s application, contact Monroe County’s Mitigation Administrator Mike Lalbachan.

FEMA is also conducting a series of webinars about the FMA program. The webinars bring FEMA subject-matter experts and partners together to provide technical information, best practices, tools and resources regarding these grant programs. They are designed for leaders in states, local communities, tribes and territories, as well as private sector entities, private non-profit organizations, and individuals interested in learning more about the BRIC and FMA grant programs and strategies for how to apply for them.  The webinars are free, but registration is required.  All sessions will be recorded and, once available, posted on FEMA.gov

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