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Federal grant funds available for hazard mitigation

Posted on 4/18/2016

Bismarck, ND - The ND Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) today announced that $289 million in funding is available through two grant programs, the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) (www.fema.gov/flood-mitigation-assistance-grant-program) and the Pre-Disaster Mitigation programs (PDM) (www.fema.gov/pre-disaster-mitigation-grant-program)

These two programs assist state, local, tribal, and territorial governments in strengthening our ability to reduce the potential cost of natural disasters to communities and their citizens, as well as protecting life and property from future disaster damages. Eligible applicants can begin the application process through NDDES to obtain a 75% federal cost share grant for eligible projects and activities. Applications are due no later than May 31, 2016.

Eligible applicants include state, local, tribal, and territorial governments that currently have, or have participated in the creation of, a FEMA approved Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (MHMP). If a governmental unit does not have a current FEMA approved MHMP, they can apply to create or update a MHMP, but are ineligible to apply for any other eligible activities. State agencies fall under the State of North Dakota MHMP and are eligible to apply for funding as well.

Eligible grant activities include:

  • Property Acquisition/Demolition
  • Structure Elevation
  • Dry Floodproofing
  • Flood Risk Reduction Projects
  • Structural and Non-Structural Retrofitting
  • Safe Room Construction
  • Infrastructure Retrofitting
  • Soil Stabilization
  • Wildfire Mitigation
  • Utility Protection
  • MHMP creation/updating
  • Property Acquisition/Relocation
  • Mitigation Reconstruction
  • Generators

Based on previous grant awards and sub-applicant interest, NDDES would like to focus on projects dealing with Utility Protection, Critical Facility Generators, and MHMP creation/updating whenever possible, but all project types listed above can be applied for through NDDES.

NDDES is available to provide technical assistance as needed for the application process. Interested entities should contact Justin Messner, State Mitigation Officer, jmessner@nd.gov, or 701-328-8107 or Gary Simmons, Hazard Mitigation Specialist, gsimmons@nd.gov, or at 701-328-8255. They are able to assist applicants in obtaining access to the grants.des.nd.gov and Mitigation eGrants system websites, creating a Notice of Interest (NOI), completing the grant application, and answering any general questions.

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