Most people know that in the wake of a severe natural disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has been created to help state and local governments make repairs and return damaged areas to normal. However, fewer people know about another way that FEMA helps out states and municipalities when it comes to loss events and damaging storms: FEMA’s hazard mitigation grant programs.
What is the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)?
Part of the Stafford Act, the Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs were formed in order to fund long-term projects that are designed to prevent losses and damage in the event of a disaster. These grants are given to areas that have recently suffered significant damage from a natural disaster.
Who is eligible to apply to these grant programs?
Three major groups are allowed to apply for hazard mitigation grants: state governments, local governments and tribal organizations. There are also certain non-profit organizations. These groups can only apply for grants after the President has made funding available after a disaster takes place. Individual families and businesses may not apply for grants.
How are grants awarded to applicants?
Because funding for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program is limited, officials must carefully review all applications and pick projects carefully. Application reviews will make certain that your plan is cost effective, that it will help prevent damage in case of future disaster, that it will have a beneficial impact, that it complies with local and federal laws, and that it fits with the overall mitigation strategy of the area.
What is the deadline to apply?
Different deadlines are set for each disaster or storm event. Contact your state government for more information about the specific event that has affected your area and how long you have to apply for HMGP funds.
What if I have more questions about HMGP or other FEMA-related disaster relief funds?
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