Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program


The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is the agency responsible for coordinating the federal government's role in preparation, prevention, mitigation, and response and recovery from all domestic disasters. FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides grants to states and local government for long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Overview

  • The purpose of the HMGB is to provide funding to state and local governments, Indian tribes, and private non-profit corporations for mitigation purposes after a major disaster declaration.

  • HMGP funds can be used for projects that will reduce or eliminate losses from future disasters, and must include long-term solutions to a problem. In addition, a project's potential savings must be more than the cost of implementing the project.

  • To be eligible to receive a Hazard Mitigation Grant, a state or grantee must provide at least 25% matching funds. A project must also conform to their state's Hazard Mitigation Plan, provide a beneficial impact on the affected area, meet all environmental requirements, and be cost effective.

  • In order to receive Hazard Mitigation Grant funds, a project must first selected by their state for forwarding to FEMA, who in turn selects eligible projects to be awarded a grant.

For more information on the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, please visit: https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-grant-program

Recently, Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-22), asked Member City Governments in Broward to provide her with information on impacts they have seen since the deobligation of FEMA funds. Rep. Frankel also asked for recommendations to improve the overall FEMA grant process. A summary of their responses can be found by clicking here.