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Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant Program

Grants to Florida State, Local, and Tribal Agencies for
Improvement Projects to Reduce Flood Damage Risk

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM)

Conf. Date:

10/21/19

Deadline Date:

11/12/19 5:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to Florida state, local, and tribal government agencies for improvement projects to reduce the risk of flood damage to qualifying structures. Funding is intended to help communities eliminate or reduce the risk of repetitive damage from floods to buildings and structures that are insurable under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

The Flood Mitigation Assistance Program is funded by FEMA and administered through a partnership with the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM). FDEM has the authority and responsibility for developing and maintaining a State Hazard Mitigation Plan, reviewing Flood Mitigation Assistance Program subapplications, recommending technically feasible and cost effective subapplications to FEMA and providing pass-thru funding for FEMA approved and awarded project grants to eligible subapplicants.

Eligible Project Activities:

Eligible mitigation projects include:

  • Property Acquisition and Structure Demolition or Relocation
  • Structure Elevation
  • Mitigation Reconstruction
  • Dry Floodproofing
  • Localized/Non-localized Flood Control Projects
  • Structural Retrofitting and Non-structural Retrofitting of Existing Buildings and Facilities
  • Infrastructure Retrofit
  • Soil Stabilization
  • Community Flood Mitigation Projects
  • Advance Assistance
  • Flood Mitigation Plans

The activities above, although eligible, must also meet the following minimum criteria in order to be considered for funding:

  • Be cost-effective: A project must be cost-effective and substantially reduce the risk of future damage, hardship, loss or suffering resulting from a major disaster. This requirement is satisfied by performing an analysis to determine whether the benefits to be gained are at least equal to or greater than the cost of the project.
  • Be technically feasible: The project must use flood resistant design and construction methods and flood resistant materials that are accepted by the design and construction industry, as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Also, a clear description of the proposed methods should be provided in the eGrant application's scope of work.
  • Located in or benefits an NFIP-compliant community: An eligible project must be physically located in a participating NFIP community that is not on probation, suspended or withdrawn from the NFIP, and the project must benefit such a community directly by reducing future flood damages.
  • Conforms to the State's Administrative Plan: All subapplicants must have a FEMA-approved and locally adopted mitigation plan by the application deadline and at the time of obligation of grant funds.
  • Complies with environmental laws, regulations and executive orders: Comply with Executive Order 11988 (Title 44, CFR, Part 9 - Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands), Environmental Considerations and the National Environmental Policy Act [NEPA] (Title 44, CFR , Part 10).
  • Be in conformance with the minimum floodplain management regulations of the NFIP (Title 44, CFR, Sections 59 and 60.3) and the local government's Community Rating System Program, if applicable. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171377

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum federal share for FMA planning subapplications is as follows:
- $200,000 for community flood mitigation advance assistance, such as project scoping
- $10 million for community flood mitigation projects
- $50,000 for Technical Assistance for states/territories who were awarded FMA grant program funds totaling at least $1 million in FY 2018.
- $100,000 per applicant for mitigation planning with a maximum of $50,000 for state plans and $25,000 for local plans.

A maximum of 10 percent of grant funds awarded can be used by the recipient for management costs, and a maximum of 5 percent of grant funds awarded can be used by the subrecipient for management costs, per HMA Guidance.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance for the FMA grant program begins with the award of federal funds and ends no later than 36 months from the date of award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Subapplicants are:
1. State Agencies
2. Federally-Recognized Tribes
3. Local Governments/Communities
4. Federally-recognized Native American Tribal Governments

Local governments/communities may include non-federally recognized tribes, or consistent with definition of local government at 44 CFR 201.2, may include any Indian tribe or authorized tribal organization, or Alaska Native village or organization that is not federally recognized per 25 U.S.C. 479a et seq.

Owners of structures, residential or non-residential, that have been previously flooded and desire to have their structure mitigated should consult with their local or Native American Tribal government about submitting an application on their behalf for grant funds. Applications must be submitted by an eligible subapplicant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinars:
FEMA will offer a webinar on the FY19 NOFOs for prospective applicants. This webinar will be offered three times, and applicants may attend any session.
- Wednesday, September 4; Time: 2 pm Eastern Time (1 pm Central, 12 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific)
- Tuesday, September 10; Time: 2 pm Eastern Time (1 pm Central, 12 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific)
- Tuesday, September 17; Time: 2 pm Eastern Time (1 pm Central, 12 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific)

For all webinar sessions:
- Adobe Connect: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/fy19nofo/
- Phone: 1-800-320-4330 Code: 338559#

E-Grants for Beginners:
- Wednesday, September 18, 2019; Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. ET (8 am Central, 7 am Mountain, 6 am Pacific)
- Thursday, September 19, 2019; Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET (4 pm Central, 3 pm Mountain, 2 pm Pacific)
- Wednesday, October 16, 2019; Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET (4 pm Central, 3 pm Mountain, 2 pm Pacific)
- Monday, October 21, 2019; Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. ET (8 am Central, 7 am Mountain, 6 am Pacific)

For all E-Grants for Beginners sessions:
- Adobe Connect: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/beginnersegrants/
- Phone: 1-800-320-4330 Code: 338559#

Tribal:
FEMA will offer a webinar on the FY19 NOFOs for prospective tribal applicants. This webinar will be offered one time.
- Wednesday, September 11; Time: 2 pm Eastern Time (1 pm Central, 12 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific)
- Adobe Connect: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/fy19nofo_tribal/
- Phone: 1-800-320-4330 Code: 338559#

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.
- Tuesday, October 8; Time: 2 pm Eastern Time (1 pm Central, 12 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific)
- Tuesday, October 15; Time: 2 pm Eastern Time (1 pm Central, 12 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific)

For Avoiding Application Pitfalls sessions:
- Adobe Connect: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/application-pitfalls/
- Phone: 1-800-320-4330 Code: 338559#

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- FY2019 Flood Mitigation Assistance Application Period Opens September 30, 2019
- All subapplications must be submitted to FDEM via the eGrants application system on or before November 12, 2019 by 5:00 PM EST.

Cost-Share Requirements: Percent of Federal/Non-Federal Share
- FMA - insured properties and planning grants: 75/25
- FMA - repetitive loss property: Insured property with at least 2 flood claims where the repairs equaled or exceeded 25% of the market value of the structure at the time of the flood event. At the time of the second occurrence, the flood insurance contract must include increased cost of compliance coverage. 90/10
- FMA - severe repetitive loss property: Insured property with flood history of 4 or more separate claims of $5,000 each with cumulative total exceeding $20,000 or at least 2 claim payments where the cumulative amount of 2 claims exceeds the market value of the structure. 100/0

The traditional FEMA-approved software-based BCA Flood Modules to determine the cost effectiveness of a project must be used. Subapplicants must use a FEMA approved methodology to perform a BCA. Only project subapplications that demonstrate cost-effectiveness through a benefit cost ratio of 1.0 or greater will be considered. The BCA must be attached to the subapplicant's application.

BCA Toolkit:
https://www.fema.gov/benefit-cost-analysis

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register for the eGrants System:
https://portal.fema.gov/famsVuWeb/home

Florida Division of Emergency Management
Non-Disaster Grant Programs

Territorial Project Managers:
David McCune
David.McCune@em.myflorida.com
Office: (850) 815-4525

Susan Harris-Council
Susan.Harris-Council@em.myflorida.com
Office: (850) 815-4532

Robert Collins
Robert.Collins@em.myflorida.com
Office: (850) 815-4553

For assistance with Benefit Cost Analysis, the BCA Helpline may be contacted by telephone (866) 222.3580 or via e-mail bchelpline@dhs.gov.

State of Florida
Division of Emergency Management
Flood Mitigation Assistance Program
2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2100

(850) 815-4532
Non-Disaster.Programs@em.myflorida.com

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