FEMA received a record-breaking
request for funding in the applications submitted for the Fiscal Year 2021
Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities and Flood Mitigation
Assistance grant programs. The application period closed Jan. 28.
The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program
received requests from state, tribal, and territorial applicants for $4.16
billion. Every state and territory applied for funding.
For the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program, FEMA received requests
from applicants in 25 states for $534 million. This response demonstrates
the need for FEMA to continue investing in programs that address climate
resilience and to ensure funds reach communities with the greatest need.
FEMA made $1.16 billion available in funding for FY 2021 across these two
programs The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program made
$1 billion available in funding and received requests for $4.16 billion,
while the Flood Mitigation Assistance program made $160 million available
in funding and received requests for $534 million. These grants support
state, local, tribal and territorial governments reduce the risk they face
against the disaster and natural hazards to strengthen community
“FEMA is committed to delivering more equitable outcomes and funding access
through our Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs. As part of
our strategic mission, we’ve been working to help disadvantaged communities
through all our grant programs,” said Katherine Fox, Assistant
Administrator for Mitigation, FEMA. “By fostering connection and promoting
equity, we strive to bring communities together to help them consider risk
and mitigation in all investment decisions and ensure that partners have
equitable access to our programs.”
In the coming weeks, FEMA anticipates releasing a more detailed analysis of
the subapplications that were received and beginning the review of each
subapplication. They will convene subject matter experts from other
federal agencies, state, local, tribal and territorial governments to
support the reviews. The coordinated review aims to increase transparency
in decision-making, while building mitigation capability and partnerships.
for more information about Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants.