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Flood Mitigation Assistance

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The Flood Mitigation Assistance program was created as part of the National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 1994 (42 U.S.C. 4101) with the goal of reducing or eliminating claims under the National Flood Insurance Program. Funding for the program is provided through the National Flood Insurance Fund. The FMA program provides funding to assist States and communities in implementing measures to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insurable under the National Flood Insurance Program. NFIP-participating communities with approved Hazard Mitigation Plans can apply for FMA Project Grants.

Eligible activities for the FMA Grant Program include:

  • Property Acquisition and Structure Demolition or Relocation
  • Structure Elevation
  • Dry Flood-Proofing
  • Minor Localized Flood Reduction Projects
  • Hazard Mitigation Planning (Flood Portion)
  • Non-structural Retrofitting of Existing Buildings and Facilities
  • Management Costs

States are encouraged by FEMA to prioritize FMA project grant applications that include severe repetitive loss properties. These include structures with four or more losses each with a claim of at least $5,000 and with the cumulative amount of such claims payments exceeding $20,000; or for which at least 2 separate claims payments have been made with the cumulative amounts exceeding the market value of the structure. State and communities are also encouraged to develop Plans that address the mitigation of repetitive loss properties.

The overall FMA Goal is "to fund cost-effective measures that reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other NFIP-insurable structures."

Project Funding

Cost share availability under the FMA Grant program depends on the type of properties included in the grant. Severe Repetitive Loss Properties may receive up to 100% Federal funding and repetitive loss properties may receive up to 90% Federal funding. Insured properties and planning grants may receive up to 75% of the eligible cost of activities. The non-Federal share may be met with cash, contributions, certain other grants such as Community Development Block Grants, Increased Cost of Compliance flood insurance payments, or in-kind services.

Applicants must use FEMA’s eGrants system to enter their application for FMA grants. eGrants is an electronic grant system developed by FEMA as part of the Federal Government’s eCommerce initiative. Application intake will be managed through the FEMA eGrants system.

Technical Assistance

GEMHSA Hazard Mitigation staff provides technical assistance to local governments for project application preparation upon request. All applications start with the completion of a pre-application which are available by project type as shown on the right side of this web page.

Additional information about the FMA program is available on FEMA’s website at:
http://www.fema.gov/flood-mitigation-assistance-program​​​​​​​

​HMA Pre-Application

Pre-Application for Property Acquisition
This worksheet is for all property acquisition proposals for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program, and Flood Mitigation Assistance Program.

Pre-Application for Property Elevation
This worksheet is for all structure elevation proposals for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program, and Flood Mitigation Assistance Program.

Pre-Application for Drainage Project
This worksheet is for all drainage improvement proposals for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program, and Flood Mitigation Assistance Program.