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Flood Mitigation Assistance Grants

FEMA's Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) is a pre-disaster grant program that provides funding to states and communities to assist in their efforts to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insurable under NFIP.

Communities that are in good standing with the NFIP are eligible to apply for planning and project grants. Communities on probation or suspended under 44 CFR 60 are not eligible for FMA grants. To be eligible for project grants, a community must have a Flood Mitigation Plan that is approved by FEMA.

Communities that do not have a Flood Mitigation Plan approved by FEMA may receive FMA planning grants. The primary purpose of planning grants is to develop or update flood mitigation plans. This plan can be a stand alone plan, or a plan meeting the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requirements in 44 CFR 201 can be used if it also meets the flood mitigation plan requirements in 44 CFR 78.5.

Planning grants may also be awarded for the following activities:

  • Contracting for consulting services such as engineering and planning;
  • Surveying structures at risk; and
  • Assessing repetitive losses.

The following projects are eligible under the FMA program:

  • Acquisition of NFIP-insured structures and underlying real property
  • Elevation of NFIP-insured residential structures in accordance with 44 CFR 60.3;
  • Elevation or dry floodproofing of NFIP-insured non-residential property in accordance with 44 CFR 60.3;
  • Relocation of NFIP-insured structures from acquired or restricted real property to sites not prone to flood hazards;
  • Demolition of NFIP-insured structures on acquired or restricted real property;
  • Other activities that bring an insured structure in accordance with 44 CFR 60.3;
  • Minor physical flood mitigation projects that reduce localized flooding problems and do not duplicate the flood prevention activities of other Federal agencies and that lessen the severity or frequency of flooding and reduce predicted flood damages in localized floodprone areas. These include modification of existing culverts and bridges, installation or modification of floodgates, stabilization of stream banks, and creation of small debris or flood/storm water retention basins in small watersheds. Major structural flood control projects under the purview of the US Army Corps of Engineers are not eligible.

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