Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant Program
Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities grant 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.
Eligible Subapplicants include:
- State Agencies
- Local Governments/Communities
- Federally-recognized Native American Tribal Governments
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.
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.
More general information on this new FEMA BRIC program can also be found at the following website: https://www.fema.gov/bric .
FY 2020 BRIC Application Period has CLOSED.
Additional Resources for
Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant Program
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).
The application period for FY 2020 is currently CLOSED.