Utah Department of Public Safety

Emergency Management - Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants

Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA)

The HMA grant programs provide funding opportunities for pre- and post-disaster mitigation.While the statuatory origins of the programs differ, all share the common goal of reducing the risk of loss of life and property due to Natural Hazards. Brief descriptions of the HMA grant programs can be found below. For more information on theindividual programs, or to see information related to a specific Fiscal Year, please click on one of the program links.

FY2013 HMA guidance is in the FEMA library.


Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program

Program Overview

The FMA Program provides funding to assist States and communities in implementing measures to reduce or eliminate the long - term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insurable under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Three types of FMA grants are available to States and communities:

  • Planning Grants to prepare Flood Mitigation Plans. Only NFIP-participating communities with approved Flood Mitigation Plans can apply for FMA Project grants
  • Project Grants to implement measures to reduce flood losses, such as elevation, acquisition, or relocation of NFIP-insured structures. States are encouraged to prioritize FMA funds for applications that include repetitive loss properties;these include structures with 2 or more losses each with a claim of at least $1,000 within any ten-year period since 1978.
  • Technical Assistance Grants for the State to help administer the FMA program and activities. Up to ten percent (10%) ofProject grants maybe awarded to States for Technical Assistance Grants.

NFIP - participating communities with approved Flood Mitigation Plans can apply for FMA Project Grants. FMA Project Grants are available to States and NFIP participating communities to implement measures to reduce flood losses. A few examples of eligible FMA projects include: the elevation, acquisition, and relocation of NFIP - insured structures.

Funding for the program is provided through the National Flood Insurance Fund. In past years FMA has been funded at $20 million nationally.

For more information on the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program please contact John Crofts, State Floodplain Manager at 801-538-3332, or jcrofts@utah.gov

For more information http://www.fema.gov/government/grant/fma/index.shtm


Hazards Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

Program Overview

Authorized under Section 404 of the Stafford Act, the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides grants to States and local governments to implement long - term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the program is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster declaration.

HMGP funding is only available to States following a Presidential disaster declaration. Eligible applicants are:

  • State and local governments
  • Indian tribes or other tribal organizations
  • Certain private non - profit organizations

Individual homeowners and businesses may not apply directly to the program; however a community may apply on their behalf. HMGP funds may be used to fund projects that will reduce or eliminate the losses from future disasters. Projects must provide a long - term solution to a problem, for example, elevation of a home to reduce the risk of flood damages as opposed to buying sandbags and pumps to fight the flood. In addition, a project's potential savings must be more than the cost of implementing the project. Funds may be used to protect either public or private property or to purchase property that has been subjected to, or is in danger of, repetitive damage.

More information on HMGP http://www.fema.gov/government/grant/hmgp/index.shtm


Pre - Disaster Mitigation Competitive
Grant Program (PDM-C)

Program Overview

The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program provides funds to states, territories, Indian tribal governments,communities, and universitiesfor hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster event.

Funding these plans and projects reduces overall risks to the population and structures, while also reducing reliance on funding from actual disaster declarations. PDM grants are to be awarded on a competitive basis and without reference to state allocations, quotas, or other formula-based allocation of funds.

FEMA has announced the FY 2010 Pre - Disaster Mitigation Competitive Grant Program (PDM-C). THIS IS A NATIONWIDE COMPETITIVE GRANT.

Notice of Interest (NOI) are due to the Utah Division of Homeland Security by FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2009. LATE NOIs WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR REVIEW!

The following are critical factors that must be met for a sub-applicant grant to be competitive:

  1. FEMA EGrants online grant application program MUST be used.
  2. The project MUST meet a Benefit Cost Ratio of GREATER than 1.0.
  3. The community MUST participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) if they have FEMA mapped floodplains.
  4. Sub - applicant MUST meet 25% cost share.
  5. Project MUST be completed in three years.

The State of Utah has an approved State Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan is required for project grant funding under the PDM-C program. The State Plan is available here.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact Brad Bartholomew 801-538-3769 or bbart@utah.gov .

Additional Information http://www.fema.gov/government/grant/pdm/index.shtm

See also: http://site.utah.gov/dps/homelandsecurity/PDM-CNotice.html


Funding Application Tools


Get your EGrants account set up!

- To learn about EGrants and set up an account, click here.

Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA)

The FEMA BCA tool is used to determine the cost-effectiveness of proposed mitigation projects for several FEMA mitigation grant programs.


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