The HMGP provides funds to states, territories, tribal governments, and other communities after a disaster, to reduce or eliminate future risk to lives and property from natural hazards. The intent for funding of hazard mitigation plans and projects is to reduce the need for the reliance on taxpayer-funded federal assistance for disaster recovery. Mitigation also minimizes overall risk to lives and property. State and local governments, tribal organizations, and certain private non-profits may be eligible to apply for funding to cover projects including:
- Storm-water upgrades
- Drainage and culvert improvements
- Property acquisition
- Slope stabilization
- Infrastructure protection
- Seismic and wind retrofits, and
- Structure elevations
HMGP funding is available to all communities in the Commonwealth that meet the sub-applicant and project eligibility requirements. Federal funding for this grant program is available following a major federal disaster declaration. HMGP funds are available based on a percentage of the total Public Assistance and Individual Assistance programs. The HMGP is competitive statewide, and is authorized under Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.
FEMA’s hazard mitigation grant programs are not intended to fund repair, replacement, or deferred maintenance activities. They are designed to assist sub-applicants in developing long-term, cost-effective improvements that will reduce or eliminate risk of damage to people and property caused by natural hazards. Projects that address operation, deferred or future maintenance, repairs or replacement (without a change in the level of protection provided) of existing structures, facilities, or infrastructure (e.g., dredging, debris removal, replacement of obsolete utility systems, bridges and facility repair/rehabilitation) are not considered eligible mitigation grant activities.
Application Period: OPEN (see application documents below)
Additional Resources for HMGP Funding
Grant Sub-Application Package for HMGP-4372-MA/HMGP-4379-MA
This package has been developed to assist prospective Sub-Applicants in the preparation of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Sub-Applications. The package outlines the specific information required for the State and Federal government to review proposed mitigation activities.
Should assistance be required in the preparation of your Sub-Application, contact one of the State Mitigation Team members (listed on page 10 of the instruction packet).
When submitting an HMGP application electronically, please be sure to include all attachments that are referenced on page 3 of the application package.