PDM and FMA Program Grant Priorities

Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program

FEMA’s priorities for FY 2017 PDM competitive projects are as follows:

  • Multi-state/tribal mitigation planning or project subapplications
  • Mitigation Planning subapplications
  • Mitigation Project subapplications, in the following order:
    • Non-flood hazard (e.g., seismic, wildfire, landslide, wind, and drought) mitigation projects
    • Flood hazard

PDM projects for FY 2017 are capped at $4 million federal share. Communities may exceed this amount, but all additional costs must be borne by the local community.

Community representatives interested in pursuing PDM grant funding are encouraged to contact their assigned DHSEM Hazard Mitigation Specialist to determine a proposed project’s eligibility and to assist with the project scope development process.

FY 2017 Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program

  • Communities may pursue Advanced Assistance funding to develop mitigation strategies and obtain data to prioritize, select, and develop community flood hazard projects for future funding. Advance Assistance projects are capped at $100,000 per each subapplication.
  • Eligible projects may receive up to $10,000,000 in federal share funding
  • Eligible projects include but are not limited to the following:
    • Infrastructure protective measures
    • Localized flood control to protect critical facilities
    • Floodwater storage and diversion
    • Floodplain and stream restoration
    • Water and sanitary sewer system protective measures
    • Utility protective measures
    • Stormwater management
    • Aquifer storage and recovery
    • Wetland restoration/creation
    • Flood mitigation planning

Communities interested in pursuing funding for local Hazard Mitigation Planning subapplications should contact Mark Thompson (markw.thompson@state.co.us or 720-630-0770) or Patricia Gavelda (patricia.gavelda@state.co.us or 970-749-8280).

Grant Subapplication Submission Timelines (applicable to both PDM and FMA grants)

FEMA will be opening eGrants to prospective applicants August 14, 2017. Applicants are required to develop preliminary applications in DHSEM’s EMGrants system prior to this date. DHSEM has replicated the FEMA eGrants application in CO.EMGrants to facilitate application development by subapplicants prior to FEMA opening the application module in eGrants. 

Draft subapplications in eGrants are due to the state by October 18, 2017. The compressed timeline suggests that the most competitive projects will be those in alignment with Federal program priorities, previously scoped, in pre-design, and with a well-established cost estimate. Below are the important DHSEM deadlines:


July 28, 2017

EMGrants Preliminary Application due to DHSEM via EMGrants

August 18, 2017

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

October 18, 2017

Draft Applications Submitted to DHSEM in eGrants

November 10, 2017

State Application Completed in eGrants and Submitted to FEMA

January 30, 2018

FEMA Identifies Sub-Applications for Further Review (estimated)

Additional Resources

Pleasethoroughly review 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 (i.e. wildfire, property acquisition) guidance 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.

The following additional resources may be of value in developing a project proposal:

FEMA will be hosting two webinars to discuss these grant opportunities:

  • Wednesday, July 19 at 12pm MST
  • Thursday, July 20 at 10am MST

For the online portion, please join via the Internet: https://fema.connectsolutions.com/nofo/and for audio, please call 1-800-320-4330 and enter conference code 502515.