Time is quickly running out for eligible applicants—state, local, tribal and territorial governments—to apply for the more than $395 million available in FY 2018 hazard mitigation grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These precious dollars are available through two competitive grant programs, Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM). The cutoff to apply at https://portal.fema.gov is 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on January 31, 2019.

FMA Grants

Per FEMA, FMA grants are available to implement measures to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to structures insured by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). For fiscal year 2018, $160 million is available, including $70 million for community flood mitigation activities that address flooding on a neighborhood level, such as floodwater diversion and localized flood-control measures. The remainder of funds will be used for mitigating planning, technical assistance and mitigating repetitive loss structures, which include elevation, acquisition, and relocation projects.

PDM Grants

PDM grants, as explained by FEMA, are awarded annually for all-hazard mitigation planning and projects, such as the construction of community and residential safe rooms and wind retrofits. Such 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. States, tribes, territories and the District of Columbia may apply for the statutory allocation of up to $575,000 federal share. In addition, $15 million is set aside for federally-recognized tribes. PDM grants are limited to a statutory allocation of up to $575,000 federal share. The remainder of