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FMA 2020/BRIC 2020

FY20 FMA/BRIC APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 AND ARE DUE TO MT DES DECEMBER 15, 2020

 

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). The FMA program addresses Presidential Policy Directive 21, Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, and supports the mitigation mission area through Strategic Goal #1 Building a Culture of Preparedness, Objectives 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4 of the 2018 – 2022 FEMA Strategic Plan.

 

Who is eligible to apply?
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. 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

Subapplicants are required to have a FEMA-approved Local or Tribal Hazard Mitigation Plan in accordance with 44 CFR Part 201 by the Application deadline and at the time of obligation.

All FMA grant applications must be submitted to FEMA by a State, U.S. Territory, or federally-recognized tribe.

What is the cost share?
Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant                                                                                  75% federal / 25% local match
Repetitive Loss*                                                                                                                 90% federal / 10% local match
Severe Repetitive Loss*                                                                                                    Up to 100% federal

*To be eligible for an increased Federal cost share, a FEMA-approved State or Tribal Mitigation Plan that addresses repetitive loss properties must be in effect at the time of award, and the property that is being submitted for consideration must be a repetitive loss property.

How do I develop and application?
Please review the MT DES application guidance found below.

Eligible FMA project types

  1. Project Scoping
    1. Eligible Project Scoping activities must benefit NFIP insured properties. Examples include, but are not limited to:
      1. Conducting meetings, outreach and coordination with subapplicants and community residents
      2. Developing or conducting engineering, environmental feasibility and/or benefit-cost analyses
      3. Undertaking activities that lead to development of project applications
      4. Evaluating facilities to identify mitigation actions
      5. Using staff or resources to develop cost share strategies
  2. Community Flood Mitigation Projects
    1. Eligible activities must benefit NFIP insured properties. Examples include, but are not limited to:
      1. Localized flood control
      2. Floodwater storage and diversion
      3. Floodplain and stream restoration
      4. Stormwater management
      5. Wetland restoration/creation
  3. Technical Assistance
  4. Flood Hazard Mitigation Planning
  5. Individual Flood Mitigation Projects
    1. Eligible activities must benefit NFIP insured properties.  Examples include, but are not limited to:
      1. Structure Elevation
      2. Mitigation Reconstruction
      3. Dry Floodproofing of Historic Residential Structures
      4. Dry Floodproofing of Non- Residential Structures

 

What is the period of performance?

The Period of Performance (POP) is 36 months, starting on the date of the Recipient’s federal Award (see Section D, Application and Submission Information). 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 (see Section D, Application and Submission Information). Any subsequent amendments to the federal Award will not extend the POP unless explicitly stated.

FY20 FMA Fact Sheet and Notice of Funding can be found below

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The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program makes federal funds available to states, U.S territories, Indian tribal governments, and local communities for pre-disaster mitigation activities. The guiding principles of the program are to (1) support state and local governments, tribes, and territories through capabilityand capacity-building to enable them to identify mitigation actions and implement projects that reduce risks posed by natural hazards; (2) encourage and enable innovation while allowing flexibility, consistency, and effectiveness; (3) promote partnerships and enable high-impact investments to reduce risk from natural hazards with a focus on critical services and facilities, public infrastructure, public safety, public health, and communities; (4) provide a significant opportunity to reduce future losses and minimize impacts on the Disaster Relief Fund; and (5) support the adoption and enforcement of building codes, standards, and policies that will protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the public, take into account future conditions, and have long-lasting impacts on community risk reduction, including for critical services and facilities and for future disaster costs.

Who is eligible to apply?
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.

Applicant Eligibility Criteria:

  • States and territories that have had a major disaster declaration under the Stafford Act in the 7 years prior to the annual Application period start date are eligible to apply to FEMA for federal assistance under BRIC (Applicants). As a result of numerous major disaster declarations, all states, territories, and the District of Columbia are eligible to apply in FY2020.
  • Indian tribal governments (federally recognized) that have had a major disaster declaration under the Stafford Act in the 7 years prior to the annual Application period start date or are entirely or partially located in a state or territory that had a major disaster declaration in the 7 years prior to the annual Application period start date are eligible to apply to FEMA for federal assistance under BRIC as Applicants or subapplicants to eligible states and territories. As a result of numerous major disaster declarations, all Indian tribal governments (federally recognized) are eligible to apply in FY2020.
  • Local governments are eligible to apply to eligible states and territories for federal assistance under BRIC (subapplicants). Individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations are not eligible to apply for HMA funds; however, an eligible Applicant or subapplicant may apply for funding on behalf of individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.
  • Subapplicants are required to have a FEMA-approved Local or Tribal Hazard Mitigation Plan in accordance with 44 CFR Part 201 by the Application deadline and at the time of obligation of grant funds for mitigation projects and C&CB activities (with the exception of mitigation planning).

All FMA grant applications must be submitted to FEMA by a State, U.S. Territory, or federally-recognized tribe.

What is the cost share?
Building Resilient Infrastructure & Communities                                                         75% federal / 25% local match
Small Impoverished Communities*                                                                                90% federal / 10% local match

* The definition of a small impoverished community is a community of 3,000 or fewer individuals identified by the Applicant that is economically disadvantaged, with residents having an average per capita annual income not exceeding 80 percent of the national per capita income, based on best available data.

How do I develop and application?
Please review the MT DES application guidance found below.

Eligible FMA project types
FEMA will provide financial assistance to eligible BRIC Applicants for the following activities:

  1. Capability and Capacity Building (C&CB) – activities which enhance the knowledge, skills, expertise, etc., of the current workforce to expand or improve the administration of mitigation assistance. This includes activities in the following sub-categories: building codes activities, partnerships, project scoping, mitigation planning and planning-related activities, and other activities;
  2. Mitigation Projects – cost-effective projects designed to increase resilience and public safety; reduce injuries and loss of life; and reduce damage and destruction to property, critical services, facilities, and infrastructure; and
  3. Management Costs – financial assistance to reimburse the Recipient and subrecipient for eligible and reasonable indirect costs, direct administrative costs, and other administrative expenses associated with a specific mitigation measure or project in an amount up to 15 percent of the total amount of the grant award, of which not more than 10 percent of the total award amount may be used by the Recipient and 5 percent by the subrecipient for such costs.
  4. FEMA will also provide non-financial Direct Technical Assistance to communities to build a community’s capacity and capability to improve its resiliency to natural hazards and to ensure stakeholders are capable of building and sustaining successful mitigation programs, submitting high-quality applications, and implementing new and innovative projects that reduce risk from a wide range of natural hazards.

What is the period of performance?
The Period of Performance (POP) is 36 months, starting on the date of the Recipient’s federal award. Any subsequent amendments to the federal award will not extend the POP unless explicitly stated. For highly complex projects, the Applicant may submit a request for a longer POP in the Application for FEMA to review and approve.

Is there a State/Territory Maximum Allocation & Activity Cap?
BRIC 2020 State/Territory Maximum Allocation & Activity Caps $600,000

  • The maximum allocation for a state or territory under this category is $600,000, covering all activities/projects.
  • Each state/territory may apply for up to $600,000 in the State/Territory Allocation. The State/Territory Allocation may be used for C&CB activities and/or mitigation projects. The combined cost for any C&CB activities and/or mitigation projects under the State/Territory Allocation must not exceed $600,000 federal cost share per Applicant. Additionally, the Applicant’s highest ranked subapplication (C&CB activity or mitigation project) for the State/Territory Allocation must not exceed $600,000 federal cost share.
  • Up to $300,000 of the State/Territory Allocation may be used for mitigation planning and planning-related activities per Applicant.
  • Up to 10 percent of any subapplication may be used for information dissemination activities, including public awareness and education (brochures, workshops, videos, etc.) related to a proposed C&CB activity or mitigation project.

Is there a Tribal Set-Aside Activity Cap?
The combined cost for any C&CB activities under the Tribal Set-Aside must not exceed $600,000 federal cost share per Applicant. Additionally, the Applicant’s highest ranked subapplication (C&CB activity) for the Tribal Set-Aside must not exceed $600,000 federal cost share.

  • Up to $300,000 of the Tribal Set-Aside may be used for mitigation planning and planning-related activities per Applicant.
  • Up to 10 percent of any subapplication may be used for information dissemination activities, including public awareness and education (brochures, workshops, videos, etc.) related to a proposed C&CB activity or mitigation project.
  • In the event that more than $20,000,000 in subapplications is submitted under the Tribal Set-Aside, the C&CB activities and highest-ranked mitigation project subapplications up to $20,000,000 will be selected. Once the $20,000,000 is selected, all remaining tribal mitigation project subapplications will be evaluated under the national competition.

What is the National Competition Cap?
Applicants may submit an unlimited number of mitigation project subapplications each valued up to $50,000,000 federal share to the national competition. Page 5 of 37 FY 2020 BRIC NOFO

Up to 10 percent of any subapplication may be used for information dissemination activities, including public awareness and education (brochures, workshops, videos, etc.) related to a proposed mitigation project.

FY20 BRIC Fact Sheet and Notice of Funding can be found below

Helpful Links:
https://www.fema.gov/grants/guidance-tools/fema-go/hazard-mitigation-assistance-grants
https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/building-resilient-infrastructure-communities/july-2020-sessions

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