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Flood Mitigation Assistance

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department Of Homeland Security
CFDA #: 97.029

Possible uses and use restrictions...

States are encouraged to use FMA planning, project and technical assistance grants to reduce the number of repetitive loss structures insured by the NFIP. More specifically, the emphasis is on reducing target repetitive loss properties that include structures with four or more losses, and structures with two or more losses where cumulative payments have exceeded the property value. Planning Grants may be used to assist States and communities in developing and updating Flood Mitigation Plans. Eligible activities under this grant are: conducting local planning discussions, contracting for consulting technical services such as engineering and planning; surveying structures at risk; and assessing structures subject to repetitive flood loss. There are several restrictions on Planning Grants. Planning Grants will not exceed a maximum of $1,500,000 nationally each year. A Planning Grant will not be awarded to a State or a community more than one every 5 years. Individual Planning Grants will not exceed $150,000 to any State applicant, or exceed $50,000 to any community applicant. The total planning grant made in any fiscal year to any State, including communities located in the State will not exceed $300,000. Project Grants may be used to assist States and communities in implementing flood mitigation projects to reduce the risk of flood damage to structures insured or insurable under the National Flood Insurance Program. Eligible activities under this grant include the acquisition, relocation, or elevation of insured structures. Only mitigation activities specified in a FEMA-approved Flood Mitigation Plan are eligible for an FMA Project Grant. There are several restrictions on Project Grants. The combined total of project and technical assistance awarded to the State and all communities in that State is limited to $20,000,000 in a 5-year period. There are also limits on the amount of Project Grant funds that any one State or community can receive in a 5- year period. States can receive individual grants not totaling more than $10,000,000 in a 5-year period. Communities can receive individual project grants not totaling more than $3,300,000 in a 5-year period. Up to 10 percent of Project Grant allocations annually may be used for Technical Assistance. The only applicants eligible for Technical Assistance Grants are State agencies or departments responsible for administering FMA. Eligible activities under this grant are: conducting community site visits; reviewing draft applications or plans; participating in planning meetings; providing planning workshops/materials; and, providing grants management workshops/ materials.