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Hazard Mitigation Funding Programs


Following the July 2023 flooding, an unprecedented amount of FEMA hazard mitigation funding is available to Vermont towns and other eligible applicants for projects that reduce the risk of flooding or other hazards.

Eligible project types include:

Application process:

  • Applicants do not need to have damages from the July 2023 flooding.
  • Eligible applicants must complete the Pre-Application Form by 11:59 PM EST on August 16, 2024.
  • Pre-Applications will be evaluated for eligibility, feasibility, and cost-effectiveness. Projects found to meet these requirements will then be invited to apply, provided technical assistance (if requested), and submitted to FEMA once completed, by late 2024.
  • Grants typically require a 25% local match. VEM can now cover 100% of local match for Swift Current and DR-4720 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) projects."

NEW (June 10, 2024): See the Amended Notice of Funding Opportunity for Vermont DR-4720 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for more information, including changes to cost share, pre-application deadline, and pre-application submission requirements.

Towns and other eligible applicants seeking funding for hazard mitigation projects must complete the Pre-Application Form by August 16, 2024.

Information Requested in the Pre-Application Form: 

  • Applicant’s Entity Type (e.g., municipal, state agency, regional planning commission, etc.) 
  • Applicant Point of Contact Information (i.e., name of organization, point of contact and position, email address, phone to contact) 
  • Project Type (e.g., buyout, floodproofing, floodplain restoration, planning, etc.) 
  • For Projects: 
    • Problem to be addressed by Project (i.e., what is the natural hazard and what are the impacts of the hazard in your project area) 
    • Project Description (i.e., what are you proposing to do) 
    • Project Location (e.g., address, latitude/longitude, general location of project) 
    • Estimated Project Cost 
    • Source of estimated cost (e.g., professional quote, qualified government official, past projects, etc.) 
    • History of Damages from the natural hazard 
    • Current Status of Project Development (e.g., design level, Benefit Cost Analysis, schedule, budget, etc.) 

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  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, municipalities, special districts, and other governmental entities in conducting natural hazard mitigation planning, and developing FEMA-approved Local Hazard Mitigation Plans.

Sample of successful FEMA-funded mitigation projects in Vermont communities

Sample of successful VEM-funded mitigation projects in Vermont communities

Learn more about property buyouts by watching this short video

Sample Webinar on HMGP - May 2024 - DR-4720

2024 Hazard Mitigation Funding Opportunities

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding is opening for the major disaster declared for flooding in July 2023. Entities interested in applying do not need to have damages from that event. The best use of this funding is implementation projects, such as property buyouts and elevations, floodproofing, floodplain restoration, and upsizing bridges and culverts. Eligible applicants must complete the Pre-Application Form by 11:59 PM EST on August 16, 2024.

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. Funding is currently limited, although towns and other eligible applicants are still encouraged to submit applications, which can be processed should more funding become available. 

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program to states and local communities for mitigation activities. The funding available in 2023 was $2 million for federal share set-aside for Vermont. Funding can be used for Project Scoping, planning activities, and project implementation. The deadline to submit application to the State for BRIC 2023 has passed. The funding announcement for BRIC 2024 is expected in Fall 2024.

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 deadline to submit application to the State for FMA 2023 has passed. The funding announcement for FMA 2024 is expected in Fall 2024.

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