On Jan. 29, 2021, the Fiscal Year 2020 application period closed for FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program. In early March, FEMA started the project selection process. A total of $700 million is available is available for the two programs, and FEMA received nearly $3.6 billion in applications for the BRIC program and nearly $400 million for the FMA program. This continues the trend of oversubscription to Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs and demonstrates the need for hazard mitigation in the United States.
FEMA estimates the project grant selections will be announced in the summer of 2021. From March-April, FEMA is reviewing each subapplication to ensure eligibility and minimum program requirements are met. In addition, a National Technical Review (NTR) team reviews each eligible project subapplications for cost-effectiveness and engineering feasibility. All eligible projects go through an Environmental and Historic Preservation review.
For the BRIC grant applications, FEMA convened a virtual National Review Panel to score qualitative criteria for projects that are eligible for funding under the National Competition. In addition to FEMA employees, the agency received more than 400 individuals who expressed interest from other federal agencies, state, local, tribal and territorial governments to serve on the BRIC National Review Panel.
Summary: Building Resilient Infrastructure Communities Subapplication Submissions
FEMA received 980 subapplications, which is the most received to date for pre-disaster mitigation.
Geographic Summary for BRIC
- 53 states and territories applied for a Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities grant. Of these, 25 states submitted projects with $50 million or more federal share.
- Five states submitted projects with over $200 million federal share: California, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Virginia.
- Tribes submitted 62 subapplications requesting an estimated $20.2 million in funding.
Summary: Flood Mitigation Assistance Subapplication Submissions
FEMA received 236 subapplications which is the most received to date for this grant program.
Geographic Summary for FMA
- In total, 30 states and territories applied for a Flood Mitigation Assistance grant. Two states submitted projects with $50 million or more federal share.
- Eight states submitted projects with over $10 million federal share: Louisiana, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. One tribal 1 application is submitted with an estimated $512,460 million in funding.
- 26 states did not submit Flood Mitigation Assistance subapplications.
To keep stakeholders informed about the process in reviewing and selecting the eligible grants, FEMA published this Hazard Mitigation Assistance fact sheet.