If you haven’t heard already, FEMA announced on Monday, October 1, 2018, that the application period for more than $395 million in hazard mitigation grants is now open. That’s right. There’s over $235M currently available through the Agency’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant Program, and another $160M available through its Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant Program.

But, in order to be eligible, state, local, tribal and territorial governments must submit their application before 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Jan. 3, 2019. You can do so at: https://portal.fema.gov.

PDM Grants
PDM grants, as explained by FEMA, are awarded for all-hazard mitigation planning and projects, such as the construction of community and residential safe rooms and wind retrofits. Pre-Disaster Mitigation grants help state, local, tribal and territorial governments build resiliency through measures that reduce risk to lives and property. For fiscal year 2018, $235.2 million is available.

Here’s the breakdown on the $235.2 million in PDM grants:

  • States, tribes, territories and the District of Columbia may apply for the statutory allocation of up to $575,000 federal share.
  • The remainder of funds will be awarded on a competitive basis for priorities,  including advance assistance, resilient infrastructure projects, and initiatives that incorporate multiple states or tribes.
  • There is $15 million is set aside for federally-recognized tribes.

FMA Grants
FMA grants, on the other hand, are available to implement measures to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to structures insured by the