Hazard Mitigation Grants

HMGP Opportunity

There is currently no new federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding available.  However, we work with towns and agencies on an ongoing basis to develop future HMGP applications.

Applications and instructions are below.  Alternatively, contact State Hazard Mitigation Officer Lauren Oates for an application.  

The HMGP program is funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is administered by VEM on behalf of the state. Federal funds are available to cover up to 75% of approved project costs; however, please note that there is a 25% local match requirement that is the responsibility of the applicant town. 

Typical hazard mitigation projects include: mitigation of local roads and bridges, home acquisition (buyout), structural elevations or relocations, replacement of undersized culverts, mitigation outreach and education, etc. Project proposals do not need to be directly connected to damages incurred from the most recent declared disaster. 

Please note the following eligibility requirements:
1)  Communities must have a FEMA approved and adopted local mitigation plan. We will accept applications from towns currently lacking an approved mitigation plan, but FEMA will not release awarded project funds unless the mitigation plan has been approved by FEMA and adopted. Those towns lacking an approved plan must indicate on their HMGP application that they commit to completing a local mitigation plan within 12 months of application submittal; they can also contact their local Regional Planning Commission for assistance.

2)   Communities must be participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), if a special flood hazard area (SFHA) has been identified in the community and if the proposed project is located within the SFHA. Please contact the Agency of Natural Resources state floodplain coordinator, Rob Evans (rob.evans@vermont.gov)  for additional information on applying for NFIP membership.

3)  VEM is now requesting that HMGP applicant towns have a Local Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) in place. If a town currently lacks an EOP, applications will be accepted but funds may not be released until the local EOP is in place. For assistance with EOP development, towns may contact their local Regional Planning Commission.

HMGP applications must be completed in their entirety, including maps, list of alternative proposals, engineering plans, hydrology studies (if needed) and a full benefit-cost analysis (BCA) in the FEMA-approved format, if applicable. If you need help in completing the BCA, you may contact your local Regional Planning Commission. Some BCA assistance is also available from VEM staff, if you make a prior appointment.

If you wish to apply for an HMGP grant when funding becomes available, please submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to VEM. The LOI should include a brief description of your proposal and the total estimated cost of your project. Please note that LOIs are strongly encouraged, but not required. 

Please submit LOIs and completed applications to:

Lauren Oates, State Hazard Mitigation Officer
Vermont Emergency Management
45 State Drive           
Waterbury, VT  05671-1300
Tel (802) 241-5363
Email:  lauren.oates@vermont.gov

Applications should be submitted to the state in hard copy (paper application) and in electronic format such as a scanned PDF file. Applications will not be accepted if submitted past the deadline. Please note that HMGP funds are awarded on a competitive basis and all applications are subject to review and selection by the state mitigation project selection committee and FEMA. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding HMGP or any other FEMA mitigation grant program.

VEM Hazard Mitigation

Hazard mitigation funds are available to municipalities and other organizations to help reduce or eliminate loss of life and property by taking measures to reduce the impacts of future disasters.

The VEM Mitigation Team supports other state agencies, non-profits, Regional Planning Commissions and municipalities in applying for and implementing FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) projects.  We also support Regional Planning Commissions and municipalities in conducting natural hazard mitigation planning, and developing FEMA-approved Local Hazard Mitigation Plans.

“Hazard Mitigation” is sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and their property from hazards.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Applications and Requirements

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides grants to states and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the HMGP is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster. The HMGP is authorized under Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

Eligible Applicants and/or Subapplicants

  • State
  • Local governments
  • Indian tribes or other tribal organizations
  • Private non-profit organizations

Individual homeowners and businesses may not apply directly to the program; however an eligible Applicant or Subapplicant may apply on their behalf.

Application Requirements

Download the 2015 Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance

For questions about potential HMGP projects and application requirements, please  email State Hazard Mitigation Officer Lauren Oates or call 802-241-5363.


Contact Information

45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1300
(800) 347-0488
(802) 244-8721
(888) 545-7598 (TTY)

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