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Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant Program

Grants to USA State and Local Governments
to Minimize Structure Damage from Flooding

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Deadline Date:

01/31/19 3:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories state, tribal, and local governments for projects that help diminish or eliminate the risk of repetitive structure damage as a result of flooding. Funds will be provided for flood hazard mitigation projects, plan development, technical assistance, and management costs.

Program Overview, Objectives, and Priorities
The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program makes Federal funds available to State, local, and tribal governments to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The FMA program strengthens national preparedness and resilience and supports the mitigation mission area through Strategic Goal #1 Building a Culture of Preparedness, Objectives 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4 of the 2018 – 2022 FEMA Strategic Plan.

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, the FMA Program will prioritize proposals that address community flood risk by setting aside $70 million for this purpose. FEMA will seek to fund two types of community flood mitigation activities:
- Advance Assistance for flood mitigation design and development of community flood mitigation projects that will subsequently reduce flood claims.
- Mitigation projects that address community flood risk for the purpose of reducing NFIP flood claim payments.

The remaining funding, at least $90 million, will be used for FMA technical assistance, mitigation planning, and mitigation projects that reduce the risk of flooding to severe repetitive loss (SRL) and repetitive loss (RL) properties.

Technical Assistance.
FEMA will select eligible technical assistance subapplications up to $50,000 Federal share for Recipients to which FEMA obligated FMA awards totaling at least $1,000,000 Federal cost share in FY 2017.

Flood Mitigation Planning.
FEMA will select eligible planning subapplications up to $100,000 Federal share per Applicant with a maximum of $50,000 Federal share for State mitigation plan updates and $25,000 Federal share for local mitigation plans. FEMA may reduce the Federal share of any planning subapplication that exceeds the regulatory maximums.

Allowable costs are:
- Project design under advance assistance
- Planning costs
- Training related costs
- Domestic travel costs
- Construction and renovation costs
- Equipment costs

Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:
- Infrastructure protective measures
- Localized flood control to protect critical facilities
- Floodwater storage and diversion
- Floodplain and stream restoration
- Water and sanitary sewer system protective measures
- Utility protective measures
- Stormwater management
- Aquifer storage and recovery
- Wetland restoration/creation

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170529

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$160,000,000

Number of Grants:

120

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum federal share for FMA planning sub-applications is as follows:

- $100,000 for community flood mitigation advance assistance
- $10,000,000 for community flood mitigation projects
- $50,000 for Technical Assistance for states/territories who were awarded FMA Grant Program funds totaling at least $1,000,000 in FY16.
- $50,000 for state flood hazard mitigation planning
- $25,000 for local flood hazard mitigation planning
- 10 percent of the grant application budget for applicant management costs for applicants to administer and manage grant and subgrant activities (See the M&A Costs subsection below)
- 5 percent of plan and project subapplication budget for subapplicant management costs for subapplicants to manage their plan or project activity

Term of Contract:

The Period of Performance (POP) FMA begins with the opening of the application period and ends no later than 36 months from the Funding Selection Date.

Projected Period of Performance Start Date: 10/01/2018
Projected Period of Performance End Date: 04/01/2022

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- States
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Territories
- Federally-recognized Native American Tribal governments

Each State, territory, Commonwealth, or Native American Tribal government shall designate one agency to serve as the Applicant for FMA funding. Certain political subdivisions (i.e., regional flood control districts or county governments) may apply and act as subapplicants if they are part of a community that is participating in the NFIP where the political subdivision provides zoning and building code enforcement or planning and community development professional services for that community.

Local governments, including cities, townships, counties, special district governments, and Native American tribal organizations are considered Subapplicants and must submit subapplications for mitigation planning and projects to their State/Territory/Tribe Applicant agency. Certain political subdivisions (i.e., regional flood control districts or county governments) may apply and act as Subapplicants if they are part of a community that is participating in the NFIP where the political subdivision provides zoning and building code enforcement or planning and community development professional services for that community.

All Subapplicants must be participating in the NFIP, and not be withdrawn or suspended, to be eligible to apply for FMA grant funds. Flood insurance must be maintained through completion of the mitigation activity and for the life of the structure.

All Applicants and Subapplicants submitting project subapplications must have a FEMA approved Mitigation Plan by the application deadline and at the time of obligation in accordance with Title 44 CFR Part 201. Project applications submitted by Applicants or Subapplicants that do not have an approved and adopted mitigation plan as of the application deadline are ineligible. FEMA may grant an exception to the local or Tribal Mitigation Plan requirements in extraordinary circumstances to allow award of a project if it meets the criteria stated in Part III, E.5.3, Extraordinary Circumstances, of the HMA Guidance (see section F, Federal Award Administration Information, of this NOFO).

Applicants must prioritize and rank their subgrant applications in the Mitigation eGrants system. Applicants may include no more than two community flood mitigation subapplications for competitive consideration: one Advanced Assistance subapplication and one project subapplication that addresses flood risk on a community level.

Award funds may not be used for matching funds for any other Federal grants/cooperative agreements, lobbying, or intervention in Federal regulatory or adjudicatory proceedings. In addition, Federal funds may not be used to sue the Federal government or any other government entity.

Unallowable costs are:
- Exercise related costs
- Operational Overtime costs

Pre-proposal Conference:

A webinar discussing the 2018 Pre-Disaster Mitigation and Flood Mitigation Assistance Notice of Funding Opportunity can be viewed here: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/172125

Pre-Application Information:

NOTE: If you are going to apply for this funding opportunity and have not obtained a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and/or are not currently registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), please take immediate action to obtain a DUNS Number, if applicable, and then to register immediately in SAM . It may take 4 weeks or more after you submit your SAM registration before your registration is active in SAM, then an additional 24 hours for Grants.gov to recognize your information.

Key Dates and Times:
- Date Posted to Grants.gov: 08/03/2018
- Application Start Date: 10/01/2018
- Application Submission Deadline: 01/31/2019 at 03:00:00 p.m. [Eastern Standard Time]
- Anticipated Funding Selection Date: 05/01/2019
- Anticipated Award Date: 12/30/2019

To be considered timely, a FMA grant application must be submitted by the application deadline via the Mitigation eGrants system, and the Applicant must have received a confirmation message in eGrants that indicates successful FMA grant submission to FEMA.

All Applicants and subapplicants submitting project subapplications must have a FEMA-approved mitigation plan by the application deadline and at the time of obligation in accordance with Title 44 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 201. Project applications submitted by Applicants or subapplicants that do not have an approved and adopted mitigation plan as of the application deadline are ineligible.

Cost Share or Match:
Cost share is required under this program. Recipients (see Section F Federal Award Administration Information, of this NOFO for definition) must provide a cost share of 25 percent of eligible activity costs derived from non-Federal sources with FEMA contributing up to a 75 percent Federal cost share. The cost share applies to all projects under this program, including community flood mitigation projects.

The non-Federal cost-share contribution is calculated based on the total cost of the proposed activity. For example, if the total cost is $400,000 and the non-Federal cost share is 25 percent, then the non-Federal contribution is $100,000: 25 percent of $400,000 is $100,000.

FEMA may contribute up to 100 percent Federal cost share for SRL properties. FEMA may contribute up to 90 percent Federal cost share for RL properties.

For insular areas, including American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, FEMA automatically waives the non-Federal cost share when the non-Federal cost share for the entire grant is under $200,000. If the non-Federal cost share for the entire grant is $200,000 or greater, FEMA may waive all or part of the cost share. If FEMA does not waive the cost share, the insular area must pay the entire non-Federal cost-share amount, not only the amount over $200,000.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=DHS-18-MT-029-000-99

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

FEMA Grants Portal: https://portal.fema.gov/famsVuWeb/home

The FEMA Enterprise Service desk (for eGrants issues) phone number is 1 (877) 611-4700.

- FEMA Regional Offices contact information: http://www.fema.gov/about-agency
- SHMO contact information: http://www.fema.gov/statehazard-mitigation-officers

Mitigation eGrants System Helpdesk Phone: 1-855-228-3362
Email: MTeGrants@fema.dhs.gov

Kayed Lakhia
Director, Hazard Mitigation
Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration
400 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20472
FAX: (202) 646-3458

CFDA Number:

97.029

Funding or Pin Number:

DHS-18-MT-029-000-99

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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