2018 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program Grant Announcements and Priorities

FEMA has formally announced the FY 2018 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grants.  These nationally competitive grants provide mitigation funding on a cost share basis to local communities for the completion of eligible, cost effective mitigation projects and Hazard Mitigation Plans.  FEMA’s announcements state that $235,200 million and $160 million have been allocated to the PDM and FMA programs for FY 2018 respectively.

Generally, eligible project types include wildfire (defensible space, hazardous fuels reduction, landscape fuels treatment, ignition resistant construction); flood control infrastructure, stream restoration, property acquisition and demolition, and various climate resilient mitigation activities.  For a complete list of eligible project types please visit at FEMA’s Eligible Activities by Program webpage.

FEMA FY 2018 PDM and FMA grants require a 25 percent local cost share; 75 percent of project funding for approved projects will come from FEMA.  The Period of Performance (POP) for these grants is 36 months (3 years) from the Funding Selection Date. The current projected period of performance end date for FY 2018 PDM and FMA grants is April 1, 2022.

To be eligible for project funding under either the PDM or FMA grant, it is a requirement that sub-applicants have adopted a current (non-expired) FEMA-approved local Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) both at the time of sub-application submission to FEMA and at the time of project award obligation.  For all Hazard Mitigation Plan projects, it is not a requirement that the community have a FEMA approved HMP at the time of application or award.

The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) encourages local communities throughout the State interested in learning more about this opportunity to contact one of the State Hazard Mitigation Specialists listed below for additional information.  

DHSEM Points of Contacts

DHSEM is requiring sub-applicants use EMGrants to notify DHSEM of formal interest in submitting a sub-application for grant funding.  Interested sub-applicants are encouraged to contact a Mitigation Specialist to determine if an active account in EMGrants exists or if a new account is required.  

For additional information specific to grant program funding priorities and project funding limits, please see below.

FY 2018 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant

PDM projects for FY 2018 are capped at $4 million Federal share (with the exception of Resilient Infrastructure projects which are capped at $10 million Federal share); communities may exceed this amount, but all additional costs will not be subject to the 75 percent Federal / 25 percent local cost share, and all costs exceeding this amount must be borne by the local community.  

FY 2018 Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant

FMA projects for FY 2018 are capped at $10 million Federal share; communities may exceed this amount, but all additional costs will not be subject to the 75 percent Federal / 25 percent local cost share, and all costs exceeding this amount must be borne by the local community.

Advance Assistance

For the first time, FEMA is offering Advance Assistance grants under both PDM and FMA.  These grants are capped at a Federal share of $200,000 for PDM and $100,00 FMA. Advance Assistance can be used to develop mitigation strategies and obtain data to prioritize, select, and develop and design community mitigation projects and other related activities.  

Grant Sub-application Submission Timelines (applicable to both PDM and FMA grants)

FEMA suggests applicants register for access to eGrants no later than December 31, 2018.  Applicants are encouraged to develop preliminary applications in DHSEM’s EMGrants system prior to this date.  DHSEM has replicated the FEMA eGrants application in EMGrants to avoid duplication of effort prior to FEMA making applications available in eGrants.  Completion of a project/plan application in EMGrants will facilitate the application completion process in eGrants.

Below are the important DHSEM deadlines:

August 14, 2018

Initial Notification to DHSEM of Project/Plan Interest

October  17, 2018

Draft Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) Submitted to DHSEM for Review EMGrants

November 16, 2018

Preliminary Application due to DHSEM via EMGrants

January 14, 2019

Final Applications Submitted to DHSEM in eGrants

May 1, 2019

FEMA Anticipated Funding Selection Date

December 30, 2019

FEMA Anticipated Award Date

Additional Resources

Please take a thorough look at the FY15 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance and FY15 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance Addendum  for guidance on project eligibility.  The FY15 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance Addendum provides project specific guidance (e.g., wildfire, property acquisition) and is recommended for its project focus.  Please note, although these guidance documents are dated 2015, they represent the most current FEMA PDM and FMA guidance available.