Welcome to the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Mitigation page.
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) 6th Round - November 18, 2013
The State of Vermont has received an extension from FEMA for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) in connection with Tropical Storm Irene.
The Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) is now accepting HMGP applications from towns and agencies in all Vermont counties The HMGP program is funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is administered by the VT Division of Emergency Management. Federal funds are available to cover up to 75% of project costs. Applicants are responsible for the 25% local match requirement.
We encourage towns to identify potential hazard mitigation sites in your communities and apply for funds under the HMGP grant program. Eligible hazard mitigation projects include: repair and mitigation of local roads and bridges, home or property acquisition (buy-out), structural elevations or relocations, replacement of undersized culverts, remediation of stream bank erosion, and flood proofing of municipal buildings. This is an opportunity for repetitive loss structures, businesses, and other buildings located in the 100-year flood plain to consider elevation, relocation or acquisition. Project proposals need not be directly connected to flooding from the most recent declared disasters. Towns may also apply for a grant to develop a local hazard mitigation plan or for mitigation initiative projects. We are soliciting applications totaling at least $2 million to $2.5 million in funding requests.
Applicants may download the HMGP application from our agency’s website at www.vem.vermont.gov or you may contact the State Hazard Mitigation Officer for an application. On DEMHS’ website, first go to the Mitigation Tab, and then click on HMGP Application and Forms. Applications should be submitted in hard copy and electronic format such as a PDF file.
For assistance in completing the application, towns may contact their local Regional Planning Commission or the state hazard mitigation officer, Ray Doherty, at 802 241-5258 or via email at email@example.com or Misha Bailey at 802 241-5362 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For structural elevations located in the FEMA designated special flood hazard area (SFHA) or flood zone, projects may be approved for costs up to $175,000 without providing a benefit cost analysis (BCA). Acquisitions (buyouts) may be approved for homes in the SFHA and whose total project costs do not exceed $276,000; again, no BCA would be needed. All applications are subject to review and approval by FEMA Region 1 staff and decisions are likely to be announced no earlier than spring, 2014.
Deadline for 6th Round HMGP applications: Monday, November 18, 2013.
Applications will not be accepted if submitted past the deadline.
What is Hazard Mitigation
“Hazard mitigation” means any effort to reduce or eliminate loss of life and property by taking measures to reduce the impacts of future disasters. Mitigation funds are available to states after federal disaster declarations to allow for grants to communities with identified mitigation opportunities. Examples include flood-proofing of flood-prone public buildings, improvement of drainage structures in flood-prone areas, and the buy-out and demolition of homes which have suffered repetitive flooding. To be deemed eligible for Hazard Mitigation grant funding, all proposed projects must meet FEMA eligibility requirements, including benefit-cost standards. Mitigation reduces the long term public costs of disasters.
At the top of the page is a link to applications and other forms and guidance for communities interested in pursuing Hazard Mitigation grants. Please contact State Hazard Mitigation Officer Ray Doherty (email@example.com; 802-241-5258) or Hazard Mitigation Planner Misha Bailey (firstname.lastname@example.org; 802-241-5362) for assistance in identifying and developing Hazard Mitigation projects.