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Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs

 

Purpose

FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs provide funding opportunities for pre- and post-disaster mitigation. Together, these programs provide significant opportunities to reduce or eliminate potential losses to state, tribal and local assets through hazard mitigation planning and project grant funding. Each HMA program was authorized by separate legislative action, and as such, each program differs slightly in scope and intent.

Eligibility

Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grants are provided to eligible applicant states, tribes, and territories that, in turn, provide subgrants to local governments. The applicant selects and prioritizes applications developed and submitted to them by local jurisdictions to submit to FEMA for consideration of funding. As of 2013, here are three sub-programs:

  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
  • Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program
  • Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program

HMGP funding becomes available only when a Presidential Disaster Declaration is made. PDM and FMA funding are available annually.

 

FEMA-approved local hazard mitigation plans are required in order to receive mitigation funding for state or local mitigation projects through the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant program.

Applying for funding

  1. First steps: Submit your NOI

    Excel versions of the Notice of Interest (NOI) form will no longer be accepted for mitigation funding applications. NOIs must be submitted through the MB3 web-based grant management system. If you are not already registered in MB3, please follow the instructions below to do so. After you have registered, you may submit your NOI via MB3 (instructions on how to do this are also posted below).

  2. Submit an Application

    After you have submitted your NOI, you may be asked to make an application.

Requesting Additional Access in EMGrants Pro (MB3)

If you currently have a username and password for the EMGrants Pro (MB3) system, you will need to request access for new grants. To do this, you will need to open a support ticket.

 

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Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

 

Purpose

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides grants to states, local governments, and Native American tribes for long-term hazard mitigation projects after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the program is to reduce the loss of life and property in future disasters by funding mitigation measures during the recovery phase of a natural disaster. States receive HMGP funding when a Presidential Disaster Declaration has been made.

 

HSEMD has received HMGP funding as a result of Presidential Disaster Declarations 4281 and 4289. Due to limited funding, applications will be considered from projects currently under development. However, HSEMD will continue to accept NOI (notice of interest) forms on a continuous basis until further notice. If you have any questions about a potential project or the application process, please contact one of our hazard mitigation staff contacts listed at the bottom of this page.

 

Planning


Safe Rooms


Acquisitions/Elevations/Relocation

 

 

Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program - APPLICATIONS DUE 10/13/2017

 

Purpose

The Pre-Disaster Mitigation program provides funds on an annual basis for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster. The goal of the PDM program is to reduce overall risk to the population and structures, while at the same time, also reducing reliance on federal funding from actual disaster declarations.

 

Current grant availability

The application period for 2017 PDM grants is now open. Click here to read the Notice of Funding Availability (PDF) for the Pre-Disaster Mitigation program.


Projects submitted for consideration must be consistent with the goals and objectives identified in Iowa’s State Hazard Mitigation Plan and local mitigation plan for the jurisdiction in which the activity is located. The PDM grant provides an excellent opportunity for communities to initiate mitigation projects that provide protection against natural hazards. Eligible mitigation project activities include (but not limited to):

  • Construction of tornado safe rooms (Multi-functional community or school safe room projects are highly encouraged)
  • Acquisition, structural relocation or elevation of buildings located in a special flood hazard area
  • Structural and non-structural retrofitting of existing public buildings, facilities, or utilities to protect against wind, ice, or flood hazards
  • Minor structural hazard control or protection projects such as storm water management (e.g., culverts, floodgates, retention basins)
  • Localized flood control projects, such as floodwall systems, that are designed specifically to protect critical facilities and do not constitute a section of a larger flood control system
  • Development of multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plans and plan updates

The HMA FY 2017 Hazard Mitigation Assistance program guidance provides critical information about eligibility, the National Evaluation Process, and other key aspects of each program. Click here to read the HMA guidance on FEMA's website.

 

Applicants with proposed projects located in a FEMA-identified Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) are eligible for funding only if the jurisdiction in which the project is located is participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). There is no NFIP participation requirement for projects located outside of the SFHA.

Funding & Cost Share

This is a cost share grant program which means that awarded grants will be funded as follows:

  • Federal (FEMA) share of total eligible costs – 75% maximum
  • Local share of total eligible costs – 25%

FEMA has established the application deadline for States to submit their application by Nov. 14, 2017. In order to meet FEMA's deadline, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) must receive local sub-applications by Oct. 13, 2017. HSEMD is required to review, provide comments on, and to rank each local application that it submits to FEMA.

 

Please feel free to contact one of the Hazard Mitigation Program staff listed at the bottom of this page should you have any questions.


 

 

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program - APPLICATIONS DUE 10/13/2017

 

Purpose

The Flood Mitigation Assistance program was created to assist States and communities in implementing measures that reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). There are three types of FMA grants available to states and communities:

 

  • Planning Grants to prepare flood mitigation plans;
  • Project Grants to implement measures to reduce flood losses, such as elevation, acquisition, or relocation of NFIP-insured structures; and
  • Management Cost Grants for the State to help administer the FMA program and activities

 

Current grant availability

The application period for 2017 FMA grants is now open. Click here to read the Notice of Funding Availability (PDF) for the Flood Mitigation Assistance program.


Projects submitted for consideration must be consistent with the goals and objectives identified in Iowa’s State Hazard Mitigation Plan and local mitigation plan for the jurisdiction in which the activity is located. The FMA grant provides an excellent opportunity for communities to initiate mitigation projects that provide protection against natural hazards. Eligible mitigation project activities include (but not limited to):

  • Mitigation Planning consistent with 44 CFR Part 201 (only for flood hazard)
  • Property Acquisition and Structural Demolition and Relocation (for NFIP insured properties)
  • Structural Elevation (for NFIP insured properties)
  • Dry Flood Proofing (for NFIP insured properties)
  • Minor Localized Flood Reduction Projects (should benefit NFIP insured properties)
  • Non-structural Retrofitting of Existing Buildings and Facilities (for NFIP insured properties)
  • Mitigation Reconstruction (for NFIP insured properties)

The HMA FY 2017 Hazard Mitigation Assistance program guidance provides critical information about eligibility, the National Evaluation Process, and other key aspects of each program. FEMA has changed program guidance. Click here to read the HMA guidance on FEMA's website.

 

Applicants with proposed projects located in a FEMA-identified Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) are eligible for funding only if the jurisdiction in which the project is located is participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and not withdrawn or suspended.

Funding & Cost Share

This is a cost share grant program which means that awarded grants will be funded as follows:

  • Federal (FEMA) share of total eligible costs – 75% maximum
  • Local share of total eligible costs – 25%

FEMA has established the application deadline for States to submit their application by Nov. 14, 2017. In order to meet FEMA's deadline, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) must receive local sub-applications by Oct. 13, 2017.

 

Please feel free to contact one of the Hazard Mitigation Program staff listed at the bottom of this page should you have any questions.

 

 

Historic Preservation: Found artifacts during recovery grant execution

 

Historic Preservation

In the course of executing your disaster recovery grant, you may encounter previously unknown cultural/historic artifacts. The Office of the State Archaeologist should be contacted if any archaeological deposits (artifacts) are exposed so that they can be investigated and the extent of the site determined.

 

Additionally, HSEMD and the State Historic Preservation Office must be informed to take proper action. In accordance with the Code of Iowa 263B, if human remains are unintentionally exposed, you must cease work immediately, secure the area, and contact local law enforcement and/or the county medical examiner. If the remains are determined to be ancient (greater than 150 years old), the Office of the State Archaeologist’s Bioarchaeology Program must also be notified.

 

Office of the State Archaeologist

(319) 384-0732

Bioarchaeology Program
Office of the State Archaeologist

(319) 384-0740

BJ Covington

Iowa Homeland Security
& Emergency Management

(515) 725-3231

Doug Jones
State Historic Preservation Office

(515) 281-4358

 

 

 

 

Hazard Mitigation Program Contacts:

Dan Schmitz

Deputy State Hazard Mitigation Officer

(515) 725-9369

Mat Noble

Planning

(515) 725-9404

Leon Freeman

Safe Rooms & Electric Utilities

(515) 725-9378

Dusty Pogones

Acquisitions ("Buyouts") & Relocations

(515) 725-9384

Carol Tomb

Infrastructure

(515) 725-9305

Aimee Bartlett

State Hazard Mitigation Program Supervisor

 

 

 

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