There are a variety of possible public funding sources for community projects aiming to reduce risk to life and property. They include:Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs.
- Hazard Mitigation Grants
- Flood Mitigation Assistance
- Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants
- Severe Repetitive Loss Grants
For an overview of what types of projects are covered by each grant type, see this FEMA table . For brief summaries of the grant programs, see the State's Hazard Mitigation Grants web page. The State Hazard Mitigation Plan contains details regarding past hazard mitigation projects, funding, and success stories. In Massachusetts, these programs are administered by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Questions? Contact Acting State Hazard Mitigation Officer, Richard Zingarelli, at (617) 626-1406 or Richard.Zingarelli@state.ma.us.
Massachusetts Division of Conservation Services (a part of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs) offers grants for various projects, including land acquisition. For more information see their Grant and Loan Guide.
Patchwork Quilt: Planning and Building Livable, Safe and Sustainable Communities includes an excellent description of many sources of funds available to assist in a range of activities, from rebuilding after a disaster, mitigating hazards before a disaster, funding for hazard mitigation planning, economic revitalization and community assistance, to infrastructure and housing assistance.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Coastal Services Center maintains a list of grant announcements and provides links to additional NOAA, other federal agency, and nonprofit funding. Other opportunities focus on the following four categories:
- Coastal and Natural Resource Management
- Data and Information
- Regional Specialties (including information specific to the Northeast)
United States Army Corps of Engineers provides technical services and planning guidance for a broad range of public activities in New England, including:
- Flood Plain Management Services
- Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Projects
- Disaster Assistance and Emergency Response
- Small Navigation Project Study
- Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Projects (including salt marsh restoration)
- Environmental Restoration (including modifications of current Corps installations to reduce their ecological impacts)
For additional information, see the New England District's Corps website.
Grants.gov provides an exhaustive searchable list of available federal grants.