To be eligible for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, you and your project must meet a number of criteria outlined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Let’s take a closer look at the major requirements of receiving a grant:
- You must be a state government, a local government, a tribal organization, or a certain type of non-profit organization. You cannot be a business or an individual.
- Your municipality, government, or organization must have recently been damaged or affected by a loss event, such as a natural disaster.
- Your area must have been aided by FEMA in the aftermath of the disaster and damage.
- Your plan must conform to your state’s greater hazard mitigation plan.
- Your project must have a beneficial impact on the disaster area.
- Your project must solve a problem independently.
- Your project must prevent damage from occurring—it cannot involve a response to damage (such as buying sandbags).
- Your project must be cost-effective; that is, the potential savings of your project must be more than the cost of your project.
- Your project must provide a long-term solution to a problem.
A few good examples of hazard mitigation projects that receive funding include: raising a public building so that it is safe from floodwaters, converting hazardous areas to open space use, refitting buildings to add protections against wildfires, or adding building features that protect against high winds.
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