Hazard Mitigation Information & Support
Hazard Mitigation is sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and their property from hazards.
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 Vermont Emergency Management Hazard Mitigation Team supports other state agencies, non-profits, Regional Planning Commissions and municipalities in applying for and implementing projects under Hazard Mitigation grant programs. We also support Regional Planning Commissions and municipalities in conducting natural hazard mitigation planning, and developing FEMA-approved Local Hazard Mitigation Plans.
2021 Hazard Mitigation Funding Opportunities
Flood Resilient Communities Fund (FRCF) was established by the Vermont Legislature under Act 74 with the intent of improving landscape and community resilience and reducing the future public safety and water quality impacts of flood hazards in Vermont, focusing on buyouts of flood-vulnerable properties. This program will prioritize projects that are not eligible for FEMA funding. Available funding is $4.6 million in fiscal year 2022. Round one of applications will be due October 29, 2021 and round two January 31, 2022.
Building Resilient Infrastructure and Committees (BRIC) grant program to states and local communities for mitigation activities. The funding available is $1,000,000 for federal share set-aside for Vermont with up to $500,000 available for planning activities. Funding can be used for Project Scoping to project implementation. Up to $50 million is available per sub-application for nationally competitive mitigation projects. The application period opens September 30, 2021 with a state deadline of Friday, December 17, 2021.
Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program funds states, local communities, tribes, and territories to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Up to $900,000 is available per State for Project Scoping to develop community flood mitigation projects that reduce future NFIP flood claims. Up to $70 million can be applied for per sub-applicant for Community Flood Mitigation Projects to address community flood risk to reduce future NFIP flood claims. The application period opens September 30, 2021 with a state deadline of Friday, December 17, 2021.
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding is opening for the major disaster declared for the COVID-19 pandemic. President Biden has authorized FEMA to provide the State of Vermont funding through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) with a contribution of $13.4 million. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with a likely application deadline in the summer of 2022, more information coming soon.
Questions can be directed to: DPS.HazardMitigation@vermont.gov.