FEMA advances equity and provides direct support to underserved communities to invest in resilience


The Agency announces the first selections awarded for two mitigation grant programs

WASHINGTON — FEMA is accelerating mitigation grant selection and assistance to help states, local communities, tribes and territories build disaster resilience sooner.

The awards totaling $91.2 million are the first round of projects selected for the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant programs in fiscal year 2021. FEMA announces these first-round selections earlier than last year to better help communities across the country build resilience.

States, local communities, tribes, and territories can use this grant for planning mitigation measures, adopting and enforcing building codes and standards, scoping projects and construction projects. small-scale mitigation.

FEMA is also announcing selections of 20 diverse communities, tribes and territories that will receive direct non-financial technical assistance to help build community-wide resilience. In this assistance, FEMA provides free support for mitigation projects and application-specific needs to underserved communities who may experience barriers when trying to access disaster mitigation assistance grant programs. risks.

“We welcome this opportunity to provide early-stage support to communities, who may not have the capacity to start the application process on their own,” said FEMA Deputy Administrator, Erik Hooks. “FEMA looks forward to working with these communities to find solutions to make them more resilient and reduce the impacts of climate change.”

These selections will help FEMA establish a baseline for achieving the Biden-Harris administration’s goals. Justice40 Initiativethat prioritizes delivering at least 40% of the overall benefits of federal investments to disadvantaged communities.

FEMA will conduct the second round of project selections later this summer. The announcement will include more complex projects like those in the national BRIC competition and community-wide flood mitigation projects to help flood mitigation.

These are the first $1.16 billion selections in FMA and BRIC funding that FEMA announced in August. The programs provide funding to states, local communities, tribes, and territories for qualifying mitigation and planning activities. They strengthen our nation’s ability to build a culture of preparedness and to promote and sustain a prepared nation.

The first round of selections can be viewed at FEMA.gov.

Infrastructure and resilient communities

For the first round, FEMA selected 316 sub-applications for further review totaling $65.7 million in every state and territory, including 55 tribes. Most of the selections are for capacity building and capacity building projects, specifically for project scope, planning, partnerships and building codes.

Examples of a wide variety of sub-application selections include the relocation of 10 homes in the Native Village of Napakiak in Alaska, the bridge demarcation project in Biloxi, Mississippi, the completion of a Lower Brandywine River Flood Study and Development of a Delaware Future Flood Mitigation Strategy.

Resilient infrastructure and direct technical assistance to communities

FEMA has selected 20 communities to receive direct non-financial technical assistance. This helps communities submit high-quality grant applications to reduce disaster damage, carry out risk reduction projects, and maintain effective mitigation programs.

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City of Tremont

Assistance in identifying potential projects to help the city cope with sea level rise on the island.


Rhode Island


Assistance to combat inland flooding through definition of the scope of the project, which will aim to protect lives, property, critical facilities and infrastructure and resources of Woonsocket.


New Jersey

Borough of Oceanport

Assistance to conduct specific risk mitigation activities to mitigate future storm surges.


New York

Town of Jamestown

Assist in the development of a holistic and equitable climate action plan and project scope to address flooding in the community.


Porto Rico

Municipality of Canovanas

Assistance in identifying viable mitigation measures to protect this flood-prone community.



Town of Crisfield

Assistance in addressing coastal flooding and city storm surge challenges.



City of Philadelphia

Assistance in the fight against the risks of flooding caused by the rise in sea level.



City of Birmingham

Assistance with grant management and project scoping activities to support the city’s drainage systems.



Robertson County

Assistance in conducting project scoping activities to address landslide challenges.



Keweenaw Bay Indian Community

Help develop better risk assessment and green infrastructure design criteria that meet multiple objectives of risk mitigation, cultural preservation, and protection of critical infrastructure and ecosystems.



Red Lake Nation

Assistance with grant management training to develop projects needed after the town of Red Lake was hit by two EF1 tornadoes in 2021.



Crawford County

Help identify sustainable, cost-effective, nature-based solutions to protect against future flooding, and match the mitigation solution with appropriate funding.



St. John the Baptist Parish

Assistance in the prioritization of projects to deal with the significant flood risk facing the parish.



City of Cherokee

Assistance in the implementation of nature-based solutions and development of a local network of mitigation partnerships.



City of Manhattan

Assistance in the conceptualization of projects aimed at reducing flooding through targeted regenerative agriculture.



Chippewa Cree Tribe

Assistance with a solar panel project to connect to a micro-grid that will power several buildings.



City of Modesto

Assistance in carrying out benefit-cost analyzes for mitigation projects related to the Tuolumne River Diversion Channel.



Pauma Band of Luiseno Indians

Assistance in updating the tribe’s risk mitigation plan, assessing risk mitigation and reduction needs, and developing an economic resilience planning process.



Native village of Ouzinkie

Assistance in the conceptualization of a tsunami shelter project.



Town of Butte Falls

Assistance in the conceptualization of projects aimed at improving the resilience of water and wastewater as well as developing the planning capacity of buildings.

Flood Mitigation Assistance

For the first round, FEMA selected 22 sub-applications for further review totaling $25.5 million in five states. The majority of selections are aimed at raising buildings damaged by repeated flooding insured under the National Flood Insurance Scheme which will benefit socially vulnerable households.

Other sub-applications for further consideration included capacity building and capacity building activities such as project scoping, planning and technical assistance.

Examples of selected sub-application projects include the elevation of more than 70 buildings in Ascension, New Iberia, Rapides, and St. Tammany Parishes in Louisiana and a project for a housing complex in the Bronx , in New York, which was vulnerable to flooding.

As FEMA considers the second round of selections to be announced this summer, there will be more emphasis and priority on socially vulnerable communities.

FEMA remains committed to investing in mitigation. Important elements of our grant programs are aligned to create a culture of preparedness and promote and sustain a prepared nation by reducing disaster losses and protecting life and property from disaster damage.

For more information, visit the Risk Mitigation Support web page.


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