Early Submissions for Future Mitigation Grant Projects Sought by DHSEM
Every year, FEMA releases a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant programs. The FEMA NOFO is published annually in either the second or third Federal fiscal quarter (January – June). The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) is the designated Applicant for these grant programs and is responsible for soliciting sub-applications from eligible sub-applicants. In this role, DHSEM assists in the preparation, review, and submission of eligible and complete applications to FEMA.
In an effort to encourage increased participation from stakeholders in the State, DHSEM is encouraging early submission of Notice of Interest (NOI) forms. The goal is to allow more time for the State to assist in the application preparation and review process in an effort to help sub-applicants develop complete and competitive applications. These complete applications will be advanced to FEMA when the funding is announced and based on the funding priorities for the Fiscal Year (FY) PDM and FMA. Projects will also be added to a bank of readily identified projects in the event of a Presidentially Declared Disaster with Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding.
To qualify for a PDM, FMA, or HMGP grant, the sub-applicant must have a current FEMA-approved local or Tribal Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) by the application deadline and be valid at the time of Federal obligation of the grant funds. Applications for a new Mitigation Plan do not have to meet this requirement.
Please review the 2015 Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Unified Guidance and Addendum thoroughly to determine if your project idea is eligible; whether match requirements can be satisfied; and what environmental and historic preservation requirements will be necessary. Federal funding is available for up to 75 percent of the eligible activity costs. The remaining 25 percent of eligible activity costs must be derived from local match sources.
Follow the links below for information on the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Programs:
Please be aware that there is no funding available at this time and that funding priorities have yet to be determined at the Federal level. In FY 2016, the funding announcement was published in March 2015 and the deadline to submit an application was June 15, 2015. It is anticipated that similar dates will be used to announce the FY 2017 PDM and FMA funding. If you are interested is pursuing grant funding the State is currently soliciting NOI’s from eligible sub-applicants.
For additional information, please contact your regionally assigned State Mitigation Specialist. If you do not know who is assigned to your region, please visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/mars/mitigation for a regional map and project listings.