Mitigation Grants

The State of Maine administers three Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Mitigation Grant Programs. 

Hazard Mitigation Grants 

FY2022 Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) for Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant Programs

  • FEMA's two competitive mitigation grant programs provide states, local communities, tribes and territories funding to address high-level future risks to natural disasters such as wildfires, drought, hurricanes, earthquakes, extreme heat, and increased flooding to foster greater community resilience and reduce disaster suffering.

    The State of Maine has been allotted $2 million for State Competition. The National Competition has been allotted $2.295 billion. The Tribal allotment is $50 million for National Competition.

    NOFO information, application periods, deadlines and contact information are as follows:

  • For FEMA GO registration, application eligibility questions, and technical assistance on FEMA Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) and application, email the State Hazard Mitigation Officer Heather Dumais or call (207) 441-9510.

 

DR-4522 - OPEN

  • For the major disaster declared for the COVID-19 pandemic, the President has authorized, pursuant to section 404 (42 U.S.C.5170c) of the Robert T. Stafford Act Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act ("Stafford Act"), FEMA to provide the State of Maine the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. 

    With the passage of the FY22 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, it has brought an exciting opportunity for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) as it increases the federal cost share requirement to 90% for nay emergency or major disaster declared between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021, or an incident period that began in 2021. The non-federal share match will only be 10% for subrecipients. 

    Application deadline extension until October 1, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.
    Please contact Heather Dumais, State Hazard Mitigation Officer, for the application and eligibility criteria at (207) 441-9510 or heather.dumais@maine.gov. 

DR-4627 - OPEN 

  • On March 15, 2022, President Biden awarded Knox, Waldo, and York Counties a Disaster Declaration for the Halloween Storm Event, October 30-13, 2021. Maine Emergency Management Agency allows all counties in Maine to apply for this funding. 

    With the passage of the FY22 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, it has brought an exciting opportunity for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) as it increases the federal cost share requirement to 90% for nay emergency or major disaster declared between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021, or an incident period that began in 2021. The non-federal share match will only be 10% for subrecipients. 

    Application deadline for the State is February 1, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
    Please contact Heather Dumais, State Hazard Mitigation Officer, for the application and eligibility criteria at (207) 441-9510 or heather.dumais@maine.gov. 

For more information on both of these grant opportunities, visit the FEMA HMGP website: www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/hazard-mitigation

 

Other Grant Supporting Resources

Program Documents

Nationally Competitive Grant Types

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)

This is an annual grant opportunity that is not disaster related.

  • Letter of Intent submission due to State by September 29, 2021.
  • Application due to State by December 1, 2021.

FY21 BRIC: General Information (Link)

FY21 BRIC: Application Tips (PDF)

FY21 BRIC: Resource List (PDF)

FY21 BRIC: Notice of Funding Opportunity (PDF)
 

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)

This is an annual grant opportunity for properties insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

  • Letter of Intent submission due to State by September 29, 2021.
  • Application due to State by December 1, 2021.

FY21 FMA: General Information (Link)

FY21 FMA: Notice of Funding Opportunity (PDF)
 

State Competitive Grant

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

These are post disaster grants that become available after a Presidential disaster declaration. The application process is administered by the State. HMGP is competitive statewide.

FY21 HMGP: Assistance Guidance (Link)

 

Sample Projects

Hazard mitigation projects are actions taken to protect property. Some common examples of hazard mitigation projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Culvert Upsizing/Drainage Improvement
  • Acquisition/Demolition
  • Structure Elevation
  • Critical Infrastructure Retrofits/Upgrades
  • Road/Bank Stabilization
  • Building Code Adoption & Enforcement Activities
  • Hazard Mitigation Planning
  • Project Scoping to Obtain Data for Future Flood Mitigation Projects

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