FEMA Announces FY19 PDM and FMA Application Cycle

August 27, 2019

FEMA has posted the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcements for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant programs on www.grants.gov. These NOFOs provide an overview of the grant programs and details about the agency's funding priorities and review process.

Program Funding

Flood Mitigation Assistance:

FMA grants are available to implement measures to reduce or eliminate risk of severe repetitive and repetitive flood damage to buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In FY19, $160 million is available for FMA grants. There is a set-aside of $70 million for community flood mitigation advance assistance and flood mitigation projects to ensure community needs are met. The remainder of the FY19 FMA grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for planning, technical assistance, and projects that will reduce or eliminate claims under the NFIP with a focus on mitigation of severe repetitive loss (SRL) and repetitive loss properties (RL). More information may be found here: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/182169

Pre-Disaster Mitigation:

The goal of the PDM grant program is to reduce overall risk to the population and structures, while at the same time reducing reliance on federal funding from Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) disaster declarations. In this application cycle, $250 million is available in PDM, including a set-aside of $20 million for federally recognized tribes.

The balance of funds will be for the competitive mitigation activities with a major focus on resilient infrastructure. FEMA has increased the maximum available to $125 million for Resilient Infrastructure Competitive Funding project type with a federal cost share capped at $10 million. This priority will provide the opportunity to advance capital projects on a community level, ready for investment that will reduce risks, prevent loss of life and leads to significant savings by reducing damage from future disasters and lowering flood insurance premiums.

FEMA also continues the Advance Assistance priority that will be used to fund development of mitigation strategies and obtain data to prioritize, select, and develop community mitigation projects for future funding. FEMA will select eligible planning and project subapplications that limit duplication of other HMA programs by prioritizing funding in areas without post-disaster funding available through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). As directed by the Congressional appropriations language, FEMA will use the majority of the PDM funding for mitigation projects. More information may be found here: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/182171

Informational Webinars

FEMA will offer a series of webinars in September and October on the FY19 NOFOs for prospective applicants and how to use Mitigation eGrants, the system that FEMA will use to accept and process all grant applications. Applicants may attend any session. The entire schedule of webinars is listed here: https://www.fema.gov/2019-nofo-webinar-schedule-hazard-mitigation-assistance-grants



Anne Fuchs