Flood Hazard Mitigation Program

Agency: Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

Description and Eligible Activities: Annual cost-shared grants for flood mitigation planning and projects for communities (pre-disaster mitigation program). Federal FEMA funds are passed through to the state which enters into contracts with the subgrantee, usually a city or town. Program includes Pre-Disaster Mitigation, Flood Hazard Mitigation Assistance, and Severe Repetitive Loss grant programs.

Website: www.mass.gov/dcr/stewardship/mitigate/grants.htm

Eligible Applicants: Municipalities, state agencies, certain non-profits

Contact: Rich Zingarelli, (617) 626-1406




Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

Agency: Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

Description and Eligible Activities: A post-disaster grant program where the funds are made available following a Presidential Disaster Declaration. Grants are tied to the federal rather than the state fiscal year and often have multiyear performance periods. The grants are reimbursable, cost-shared grants for natural hazard mitigation planning and projects for communities. Current grants (for March 2010 flooding) are awarded under "FEMA-1895-DR-MA," previous disaster declaration was #1813 for the January 2009 ice storm and some grants were awarded in FY11.

Website: www.mass.gov/dcr/stewardship/mitigate/grants.htm

Eligible Applicants: Municipalities, state agencies, certain non-profits

Estimated Application Deadline: Dependent on future Presidential Disaster Declarations

Average Grant Size: Typical grant between $100,000 and $500,000

Contact: Rich Zingarelli, (617) 626-1406




Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Program

Agency: Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

Description and Eligible Activities: Allows eligible fire departments to expand their expertise, purchase tools necessary to carry out vital public safety functions and assist high risk communities in reducing problematic hazard mitigation concerns in the Wildland Urban Interface.

Website: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/stewardship/firecont/vfagrant.htm

Eligible Applicants: Non-profit, rural call, or 80% volunteer fire departments in communities with populations less than 10,000.

Estimated Application Deadline: May

Average Grant Size: Up to $2,000

Average # of Grants: 45

FY 2010 Spending: $68,500

Contact: Roxanne Savoie, (413) 538-9092, ext 400




This information is provided by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Office of Grants and Technical Assistance.