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Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs



FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs provide funding opportunities for pre- and post-disaster mitigation. Together, these programs provide significant opportunities to reduce or eliminate potential losses to state, tribal and local assets through hazard mitigation planning and project grant funding. Each HMA program was authorized by separate legislative action, and as such, each program differs slightly in scope and intent.


Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grants are provided to eligible applicant states, tribes, and territories that, in turn, provide subgrants to local governments. The applicant selects and prioritizes applications developed and submitted to them by local jurisdictions to submit to FEMA for consideration of funding. Currently, there are four sub-programs:

  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
  • Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program
  • Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Program
  • Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program

HMGP funding becomes available only when a Presidential Disaster Declaration is made. BRIC and FMA funding are available annually.


FEMA-approved local hazard mitigation plans are required in order to receive mitigation funding for state or local mitigation projects through the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant program.

Applying for funding

  1. First steps: Submit your NOI

    Excel versions of the Notice of Interest (NOI) form will no longer be accepted for mitigation funding applications. NOIs must be submitted through the EMGrantsPro web-based grant management system. If you are not already registered in EMGrantsPro, please follow the instructions below to do so. After you have registered, you may submit your NOI via EMGrantsPro (instructions on how to do this are also posted below).

  2. Submit an Application

    After you have submitted your NOI, you may be asked to make an application.

Requesting Additional Access in EMGrantsPro (MB3)

If you currently have a username and password for the EMGrantsPro (MB3) system, you will need to request access for new grants. To do this, you will need to open a support ticket.


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Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) - ACCEPTING NOIs


DR-4557 is now accepting NOIs. The application deadline is June 30, 2021.


The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides grants to states, local governments, and Native American tribes for long-term hazard mitigation projects after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the program is to reduce the loss of life and property in future disasters by funding mitigation measures during the recovery phase of a natural disaster. States receive HMGP funding when a Presidential Disaster Declaration has been made.



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Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program



The Pre-Disaster Mitigation program provides funds on an annual basis for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster. The goal of the PDM program is to reduce overall risk to the population and structures, while at the same time, also reducing reliance on federal funding from actual disaster declarations.



Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Program - ACCEPTING NOIs



The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities will support states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards. BRIC is a new FEMA pre-disaster hazard mitigation program that replaces the existing Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program. The BRIC program guiding principles are supporting communities through capability- and capacity-building; encouraging and enabling innovation; promoting partnerships; enabling large projects; maintaining flexibility; and providing consistency.


FY 2020 NOFO release August 4, 2020--Application deadline updated to January 29, 2021

Additional BRIC Information - Link to FEMA website



Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program - ACCEPTING NOIs



The Flood Mitigation Assistance program was created to assist States and communities in implementing measures that reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). There are three types of FMA grants available to states and communities:


  • Planning Grants to prepare flood mitigation plans;
  • Project Grants to implement measures to reduce flood losses, such as elevation, acquisition, or relocation of NFIP-insured structures; and
  • Management Cost Grants for the State to help administer the FMA program and activities


FY 2020 NOFO release August 4, 2020--Application deadline updated to January 29, 2021

Additional FMA Information - Link to FEMA website



Historic Preservation: Found artifacts during recovery grant execution


Historic Preservation

In the course of executing your disaster recovery grant, you may encounter previously unknown cultural/historic artifacts. The Office of the State Archaeologist should be contacted if any archaeological deposits (artifacts) are exposed so that they can be investigated and the extent of the site determined.


Additionally, HSEMD and the State Historic Preservation Office must be informed to take proper action. In accordance with the Code of Iowa 263B, if human remains are unintentionally exposed, you must cease work immediately, secure the area, and contact local law enforcement and/or the county medical examiner. If the remains are determined to be ancient (greater than 150 years old), the Office of the State Archaeologist’s Bioarchaeology Program must also be notified.


Office of the State Archaeologist

(319) 384-0732

Bioarchaeology Program
Office of the State Archaeologist

(319) 384-0740

Recovery Division

Iowa Homeland Security
& Emergency Management

(515) 725-3231

Daniel Higginbottom
State Historic Preservation Office

(515) 281-8744




Hazard Mitigation Program Contacts:

Aimee Bartlett

State Hazard Mitigation Program Supervisor



Go to general Hazard Mitigation information page.