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.
2022 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 $15 million in fiscal year 2023. The upcoming application deadline for the FRCF is Friday, October 28, 2022, there will be a subsequent application deadline on Friday, March 31, 2023.
Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program to states and local communities for mitigation activities. The funding available in 2021 was $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. BRIC 2021 allowed up to $50 million per sub-application for nationally competitive mitigation projects. Current round of applications due December, 2022 (pending Notice of Funding release from FEMA).
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). The funding available in 2021 was up to $900,000 per State for Project Scoping to develop community flood mitigation projects that reduce future NFIP flood claims, and up to $70 million per sub-applicant for Community Flood Mitigation Projects to address community flood risk to reduce future NFIP flood claims. Current round of applications due December, 2022 (pending Notice of Funding release from FEMA)
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. All projects under this round of HMGP funding will be eligible to receive a 90% federal cost share, requiring only a 10% local match (reduced from 25% local match). Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with a State application deadline on September 30, 2022.
- Hazard Mitigation BCA Development Technical Assistance Opportunity: Vermont Emergency Management has hired a contractor to support the development of Benefit-Cost Analyses (BCAs) under the upcoming DR-4532 round of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). VEM is currently soliciting projects that are ready to develop an subapplication but missing a BCA – i.e. necessary designs are completed for a culvert or bridge upsizing, a floodplain restoration project, floodproofing of a municipal building, or other eligible mitigation project. If you have a project that you think might be a good fit, please fill out the BCA Assistance Intake Form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: BCA Development Application. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all funds are used. Submit applications as soon as possible to allow for time to complete the BCA before the September 30, 2022 HMGP deadline.
Questions can be directed to: DPS.HazardMitigation@vermont.gov.