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Non-Disaster Based Funding

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant Program 

The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program is an annual FEMA funding program for hazard mitigation. BRIC will support states, local communities, and territories, as they undertake hazard mitigation projects to reduce the risk from natural hazards. BRIC is a new FEMA pre-disaster hazard mitigation program that will replace the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program.

Program Details: 

  • State application deadline: We are currently waiting for FEMA to release the notice of funding for 2023 and anticipate an early December State deadline. 
  • Eligible Applicants: State agencies, Regional Planning Commissions and municipalities. Municipalities must have an approved Local Hazard Mitigation Plan at the time of application submittal and application award. 
  • Funding Available (in FY22): $2 million (federal share) set-aside for Vermont with up to $1 million available for planning activities. Nationally competitive mitigation projects can also be submitted over that amount. 
  • Eligible Projects: 
    • Project Scoping: this funding can be used for a specific structure, like a bridge or culvert, or for a larger area, i.e. a part of your community with flood vulnerability. Scoping projects typically include an analysis of alternatives as well as designs, budget, scope, and Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) for the preferred alternative. 
    • Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) Development/Updates: each year under this program, VEM submits one application for all interested towns to update their LHMPs or develop new LHMPs. If you are interested in being included in this application, please email In addition to LHMPs, you can apply for other planning activities related to mitigation risk in your communities/regions.
    • Direct Technical Assistance: instead of applying for funding, you can apply for support here
    • Construction Projects: e.g., home buyouts, floodplain restoration, culvert upsizing projects. 
  • Management Costs: 5% of total project costs will be available to sub-applicants for managing the grant award. This portion is 100% federal funded. 
  • Cost Share: 75% federal, 25% local non-federal (cash and/or in-kind); 90% federal share is available for Economically Disadvantaged Rural Communities (EDRC). If you have questions on whether your community would qualify for 90% cost share, please reach out. 

For more information see the Fact Sheet, the more detailed Notice of Funding Opportunity, or visit the BRIC Resources Page. Additional BRIC resources:

If you have questions or you would like to discuss a project idea, reach out to Stephanie Smith,, 802-989-6793. 

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) 

The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program funds states, local communities, and territories to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). 

Program Details: 

  • State application deadline: We are currently waiting for FEMA to release the notice of funding for 2023 and anticipate an early December State deadline. 
  • Cost Share: Matching of 25% of the total project is required. FEMA may contribute up tp 100% federal cost share for severe repetitive loss (SRL) properties and up tp 90% federal cost share for repetitive loss (RL) properties.

For more information see the Fact Sheet, the more detailed Notice of Funding Opportunity

Information for Subgrantees with Approved Projects

If your agency,  municipality, RPC or private non-profit has received an award under any of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs, please consider the following information.

  • Quarterly Reports are due January 15th, April 15th, July 15th and October 15th. Failure to submit quarterly reports may result in delayed or halted reimbursement.
  • Upon project completion, and after all final reimbursement requests have been submitted, please contact Stephanie Smith to request a closeout visit.
  • Should your project require unanticipated cost overruns (potentially available, but only under HMGP) and/or scope of work alterations please contact Stephanie Smith and fill out a Grant Modification Request Form.

Eligible Applicants and/or Subapplicants

  • State
  • Local governments 
  • Other quasigovernmental organizations such as Regional Planning Commissions (RPC) or Conservation Districts

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

To better understand how applications are reviewed by the State Hazard Mitigation Project Review Committee, please see the HMA Project Review Form.

If you have any questions regarding BRIC or FMA please contact the State Hazard Mitigation Officer:
Stephanie Smith