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Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) & Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant Programs

Information related to the annual FEMA nationally-competitive hazard mitigation grants.

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant Program

MEMA Mitigation State Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) FY 2021

Submit a FY 2021 Mitigation Statement of Interest (for Construction Projects)

Submit a FY 2021 Mitigation Statement of Interest (for C&CB/Planning)

FY 2021 BRIC & FMA Technical Assistance and Webinars/Briefings

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communitiesgrant program, also called BRIC, is an annual FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant funded by FEMA and administered through a partnership with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). MEMA has the authority and responsibility for the collection and review of the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Program subapplications, recommending technically feasible and cost effective subapplications to FEMA and providing pass-thru funding for FEMA approved and awarded project grants to eligible subapplicants.

FY 2021 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Program - $1 Billion available nationwide. The priorities for the program are to incentivize natural hazard risk reduction activities that mitigate risk to public infrastructure and disadvantaged communities; mitigate risk to one or more community lifelines; incorporate nature-based solutions; enhance climate resilience and adaptation; and to increase funding to applicants that facilitate the adoption and enforcement of the latest published editions of building codes. BRIC encourages mitigation projects that meet multiple program priorities.

Eligible Subapplicants include:

  • State Agencies 
  • Local Governments/Communities 
  • Federally-recognized Native American Tribal Governments

Individuals and businesses are not eligible to apply for HMA funds; however, an eligible Applicant or subapplicant may apply for funding on behalf of individuals and businesses.

Eligible Project Activities 

The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program aims to support proactive investment in community resilience and risk reduction from natural hazards. FEMA anticipates BRIC funding projects that demonstrate innovative approaches to partnerships, focus on infrastructure projects and Community Lifelines, and invest in project scoping and building capacity. More details are published in MEMA’s NOFO.

BRIC Funding 

As appropriated by the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2019 (Pub. L. No. 116-6); Section 203(i) of the Stafford Act, as amended (Pub. L. No. 93-288) (42 U.S.C. § 5133), the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant Program provides resources to assist states, tribal governments, territories and local communities in their efforts to implement a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program, as authorized by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended (Pub. L. No. 93-288) (42 U.S.C. § 5133) as implemented by Hazard Mitigation Assistance: Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (FP:104-008-05).

Applicants and Subapplicants must have a FEMA approved mitigation plan as of the application deadline in order to apply for mitigation projects in accordance with Title 44 CFR Part 201. BRIC projects must be cost-effective, technically feasible, effective, and environmentally permittable. Eligible subapplications are awarded on a nationally competitive basis. Federal funding up to $50M is available at a 75 percent cost share per eligible activity. All HMA project grant applications require a completed Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) to be submitted with the application for funding, unless project qualifies for BCA Waiver (pre-calculated benefits).

FY 2021 includes a new priority to prioritize benefits to incentivize natural hazard risk reduction activities that mitigate risk to public infrastructure and includes disadvantaged communities as defined in Executive Order 14008 – Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.

    More general information on this new FEMA BRIC program can also be found at the following website: https://www.fema.gov/bric .

    FY 2021 BRIC Application Start Date: 9/30/2021.

    FY 2020 BRIC Application Period has CLOSED.

    Commonwealth of Massachusetts – Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) – FY 2020 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)

    FEMA GO Resources

    BRIC - MEMA FAQ

    FEMA Community Lifelines

    Additional Resources for

    Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant Program

    MEMA Mitigation State Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) FY 2021

    Submit a FY 2021 Mitigation Statement of Interest (for FMA Construction Projects)

    Submit a FY 2021 Mitigation Statement of Interest (for FMA Scoping/Planning)

    FY 2021 BRIC & FMA Technical Assistance and Webinars/Briefings

    The goal of the FMA (Flood Mitigation Assistance) grant program is to employ cost-effective measures to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Federal funding for this nationally-competitive grant program is generally an annual allocation (subject to Congressional appropriation). Applications for this grant program must be submitted through the FEMA Grant Outcome (FEMA GO) system. All HMA project grant applications require a completed Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) to be submitted with the application for funding, unless project qualifies for BCA Waiver (pre-calculated benefits).

    FY 2021 Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program - $160 Million available nationwide. The priorities for this program are to incentivize investments that reduce risk and increase pre-disaster mitigation, including expanding the use of insurance to manage risk through funding flood mitigation projects for properties insured through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

    Individuals and businesses are not eligible to apply for HMA funds; however, an eligible Applicant or subapplicant may apply for funding on behalf of individuals and businesses.

    For FY21, FEMA is partially implementing the Federal Flood Risk Management Standards (Executive Order 14030 – Climate-Related Financial Risk).

    FY 2021 FMA Application Start Date: 9/30/2021.

    FY 2020 FMA Application Period has CLOSED.

    Commonwealth of Massachusetts – Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) – FY 2020 Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)

    FEMA GO Resources

    Additional Resources for

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