Colorado communities once again have the opportunity to reduce their long-term risks from natural hazards with assistance from FEMA’s two annual competitive Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) programs: Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA). These programs help elected officials, public works agencies, capital improvement staffs, and other local officials to implement mitigation projects that can dramatically reduce the impacts of a future natural disaster.
FEMA recently released the Notices of Funding Opportunity for BRIC and FMA 2022.
The BRIC program has more than doubled with a total of $2.3 billion available. The State of Colorado has been allocated $2 million and has the opportunity to submit nationally competitive projects within the remaining $2.13 billion. The FMA program has grown to $800 million, which is all nationally competitive. Projects require a 25 percent non-federal cost share although some communities may qualify for a lower percentage. BRIC will fund up to $50 million for a single project and FMA will fund up to $50 million for a single localized flood risk reduction project.
Please see the attached document for more information about the two programs. You can also find information on the FEMA HMAG webpage. Projects will undergo a state and federal review. Projects that deliberately and directly address the FEMA-provided program criteria for nationally competitive projects have a higher rate of success. Communities are strongly encouraged to review the qualitative and technical criteria for both programs. DHSEM and other state agencies that form the State Hazard Mitigation Team will score and prioritize all projects using the attached Colorado Resiliency Framework Criteria and either the BRIC or FMA program criteria as appropriate. You may also view our September 7, 2022 webinar on our DHSEM mitigation grant funding webpage.
Find details and how to apply on our Mitigation Grant Funding Opportunities webpage.