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Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant 2021

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant

The Nebraska Department of Natural Resources is looking to pursue an application for FEMA's 2021 Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant. The FMA grant goal is to reduce or eliminate repetitive flood damage to properties insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). FEMA's FMA grant is nationally competitive with $160 million available for the following project types:

  1. Project Scoping (previously Advance Assistance) to develop community flood mitigation projects and/or individual flood mitigation projects that will subsequently reduce flood claims against the NFIP. These projects must demonstrate that future projects would benefit NFIP insured properties. Project Scoping activities may include:
  • Conducting meetings and outreach coordination
  • Engineering, environmental feasibility, and/or Benefit-Cost Analyses
  • Activities that lead to development of project applications
  • Evaluating facilities to identify mitigation actions
  • Development of cost-share strategies

For more information see FEMA’s Project Scoping Fact Sheet under the FMA resource link to the right.

  1. Community Flood Mitigation Projects to address community flood risk for the purpose of reducing NFIP flood claim payments. These proposed projects must demonstrate that the proposed project will benefit NFIP insured properties.  Example projects include, but are not limited to:
  • Localized flood control
  • Floodwater storage and diversion
  • Floodplain and stream restoration
  • Stormwater management
  • Wetland restoration/creation

For more information see FEMA’s Community Flood Mitigation Fact Sheet: under the FMA resource link to the right.

  1. Flood Hazard Mitigation Planning for the flood hazard component of State, local community, tribes and territories’ hazard mitigation plans and updates to plans.
  1. Individual Flood Mitigation Projects that mitigate the risk of flooding to individual NFIP insured structures.
  • Property Acquisition and Structure Demolition/Relocation
  • Structure Elevation
  • Dry Floodproofing of Historic Structures

Competitiveness is based on reduction of flood insurance claims:

  • Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) (b)(ii): Projects that will mitigate flood damage to at least 50 percent of structures included in the subapplication that meet the definition of an SRL property: At least two separate NFIP claim payments have been made with the cumulative amount of such claims exceeding the market value of the insured structure.
  • Repetitive Loss (RL): Projects that will mitigate flood damage to at least 50 percent of structures included in the subapplication that meet the definition of a RL property: Property has incurred flood-related damage on two occasions, in which the cost of the repair, on the average, equaled or exceeded 25 percent of the market value of the structure at the time of each such flood event.
  • SRL (b)(i): Projects that will mitigate flood damage to at least 50 percent of structures included in the subapplication that meet the statutory definition of an SRL property: Four or more separate NFIP claims payments have been made with the amount of each claim exceeding $5,000, and with the cumulative amount of claims payments exceeding $20,000.

Please note that structures must carry NFIP insurance and maintain policies throughout the completion of the mitigation activity and for the life of the structure. FEMA provides up to 100% cost share for Severe Repetitive Loss (b)(i) or (b)(ii), and up to 90% cost share for Repetitive Loss structures.

For more information see FEMA’s Individual Flood Mitigation Fact Sheet under the FMA resource link to the right. 

Subapplicant Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a local government, including cities, villages, counties, special district governments, and tribal governments.
  • Must be participating and in good standing with the NFIP.
  • Must have a FEMA-approved local hazard mitigation plan.
  • Must demonstrate that they can provide a non-federal cost share for 25% of the allowable costs. Unless the cost share is noted as different in the NOFO.
  • Must submit a Notice of Interest (NOI) to NEMA/NeDNR by September 10, 2021. Late NOI’s will be accepted through October 1, 2021, but prioritized separately.

Important Subapplicant Dates:

  • 09/10/2021 Notice of Interest (NOI) form submitted to NEMA/NeDNR
  • 09/16/2021 Governor’s Task Force for Disaster Recovery selection of projects
  • 09/30/2021 FEMA application start date
  • 12/17/2021 Completed applications submitted to NEMA/NeDNR for review
  • 01/28/2022 FEMA application submission deadline

FMA Resources:

If your community is interested in applying for the FMA grant, please submit a Notice of Interest (NOI) to NEMA/NeDNR by September 10, 2021.

FEMA has also released the Notice of Funding Opportunities for the Building Resilient Infrastructure Communities Program (BRIC). This grant is administered by our partners at the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).  See their website for more information: https://nema.nebraska.gov/recovery/nebraska-state-hazard-mitigation-program.

More information can be found on FEMA's website: https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/building-resilient-infrastructure-communities

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