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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: Anticipated State deadline for BRIC 2022 in December 2022 (pending Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) release from FEMA).

*The following information is from the BRIC 2021 NOFO*

  • Eligible Applicants: State agencies, Regional Planning Commissions and municipalities. Non-profit organizations will need to team you up with a governmental “sponsor” who can be the sub-applicant. Municipalities much have an approved Local Hazard Mitigation Plan at the time of application submittal and award approval.
  • Funding Available: $1,000,000 (federal share) set-aside for Vermont with up to $500,000 available for planning activities. Up to $50 million is available per sub-application for nationally competitive mitigation projects.
  • Eligible Projects: Everything that was previously eligible under PDM will still be eligible, e.g. home buyouts, culvert projects, Local Hazard Mitigation Planning grants, etc. In addition, under BRIC, applicants can apply for:
    • Project Scoping (previously called Advanced Assistance)
    • Capability- and capacity-building activities
    • Non-financial direct technical assistance
  • Management Costs: 5% of total project costs will be available to sub-applicants for managing the grant award.
  • Cost Share: 75% federal, 25% local non-federal (cash and/or in-kind); up to 90% federal share for small, impoverished communities.

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, stephanie.a.smith@vermont.gov, 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: Anticipated State deadline for 2022 FMA funding in December 2022 (pending Notice of Funding release from FEMA).

*The following information is from the BRIC 2021 NOFO*

  • Funding Available: $900,000 is available per state for Project Scoping. Up to $70,000,000 can be applied for per sub-applicant for Community Flood Mitigation Projects to address community flood risk and reduce future NFIP flood claims. 
  • 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.

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
Tel 802-989-6793
Email: stephanie.a.smith@vermont.gov