Mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. Mitigation is taking action now, before the next disaster, to reduce human and financial consequences later. Effective mitigation requires that we all understand local risks, address the hard choices and invest in long-term community well-being and resilience. Without mitigation actions, we jeopardize our safety, financial security, and self-reliance.
As the result of a Presidential Disaster Declaration, FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds plans and projects that reduce the effects of future natural disasters. In California, these funds are administered by the Cal OES HMGP Unit. Eligible subapplicants include state agencies, local governments, special districts, and some private non-profits. To learn more about the HMGP, visit: FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance and the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance Addendum.
Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA), and Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) are additional programs that provide funding for mitigation activities. For additional information on PDM, FMA, and BRIC, click on the following web address: BRIC and FMA.
DR-4569 Subapplications due (postmarked) to OES 5/1/2021
DR-4558 (Round II) NOI due (via web portal) to OES 5/7/2021
DR-4558 (Round II) Subapplications due (postmarked) to OES 6/18/2021
Notice of Interest (NOI) and Subapplication Process
Submission of a Notice of Interest (NOI) is required prior to submitting a subapplication for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). NOIs may be submitted at any time. NOIs will be reviewed and considered for the next available funding opportunity. When a specific funding opportunity has been identified with a specific due date, all NOIs must be submitted by the posted deadline and will be considered for that funding opportunity. NOIs submitted after this date will be considered for the next available funding opportunity.
NOIs will be reviewed for eligibility and eligible submissions will be invited to submit full grant subapplications. Eligible subapplications that are not initially selected for submission to FEMA will be retained for future consideration when funding becomes available.
The NOI is intended to provide an opportunity to propose well-defined mitigation actions that reduce risk to life and property from future natural hazards. Eligible Subapplicants include state agencies, local governments, special districts, and Federally recognized tribes. Sub-applicants must have a FEMA-approved and locally adopted Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) to be eligible for project grants.
If your agency or jurisdiction does not have a LHMP, you may apply for grant funding to develop one. Single jurisdiction plans are limited to a maximum federal share of $150,000; Multi-jurisdiction plans are limited to a maximum federal share of $250,000.
Some private nonprofit organizations are eligible for HMGP funding, consistent with 44 CFR §206.221and 206.434. Private nonprofit organizations are not required to have an LHMP to be eligible, but the County they are located in must meet the LHMP requirement.
For helpful tips and a list of questions and information needed to submit your NOI, please see the NOI Salesforce Quick Start Guide
Using Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge as your browser, click this link to access the NOI Submission portal: HMGP Notice of Interest
Other resources: FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance
Submit questions to: HMA@caloes.ca.gov
DR-4558 and DR-4569 Funding Priorities:
• Local Hazard Mitigation Plans (LHMP) updates that will expire within 24 months.
• All other LHMP updates.
• Shovel ready projects with a high level of design that can begin construction within 90 days of FEMA approval, in declared counties.
• Shovel ready projects with a high level of design that can begin constructions within 90 days of FEMA approval, in all other counties.
• Whole community risk reduction/large critical infrastructure wildfire projects.
• Whole community risk reduction/large critical infrastructure projects for other hazard types.
• Wildfire projects in DR-4558 and DR-4569 declared counties.
• All hazard type projects in DR-4558 and DR-4569 declared counties.
• Wildfire projects in any county.
• All hazard type projects in any county.
• Planning related activities.
• Five percent (5%) Initiative projects.
DR-4558 - Declared Counties:
DR-4569 - Declared Counties:
HMGP 2020 Post Fire Funding Priorities:
HMGP Post Fire funding is available as a result of Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) declarations. California received 26 FMAG declarations in Federal Fiscal Year 2020, resulting in $16,271,706 for HMGP.
Cal OES is prioritizing funding for communities immediately impacted by the wildfires. Immediately impacted is defined as a community, or special district located in a county where one of these fires burned.
1. Wildfire and Post Fire Mitigation Projects within the FMAG Declared Burn Areas (Impacted Counties):
• Defensible Space Measures
• Ignition Resistant Construction
• Hazardous Fuels Reduction
• Erosion Control Measures
• Flash Flood Reduction Measures
2. HMGP Eligible Projects (and Plans) benefitting communities and Tribal Lands within the FMAG Declared Burn Areas (Impacted Counties)
3. Hazard Mitigation Planning (Non-Impacted Counties)
4. Wildfire and Post Fire Mitigation Activities (Non-Impacted Counties)
PF-5293 – HMGP 2020 Post Fire - Impacted Counties:
FEMA Guidance Documents:
FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Cost Share Guide
FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance
FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance Addendum
FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance Fact Sheet
FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance Hydraulic Fracturing and Drilling
FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Job Aids
FEMA Hazard Mitigation Generator Job Aid
FEMA Local Mitigation Planning Handbook
Required Contract Clauses 2 C.F.R. 200.326 and 2 C.F.R. Part 200 Appendix II
Disclosure of Lobbying Activities
Payee Data Record STD 204
Procurement Guidance Documents:
Important Procurement Information: FEMA declarations and awards issued on or after November 12, 2020 are subject to major revisions to the federal procurement rules found at 2 C.F.R §§ 200.317 - 200.327 as well as a new provision at 2 C.F.R. § 200.216 effective August 13, 2020 for new, renewed, or extended procurements under all open declarations or awards.
FEMA Purchasing Under A FEMA Award: OBM REVISIONS 2020
FEMA Procurement Guidance Document Library
Hazard Mitigation Assistance Procurement Standards – Job Aid
Top 10 Procurement Mistakes (flyer)
How to Avoid Top 10 Procurement Mistakes
Using Contract Support for the Development of Hazard Mitigation Assistance Applications – Job Aid
FEMA Grants Procurement Guidance – Contracting with Federal Funds for Goods and Services Before, During and After Disasters
State Hazard Mitigation Officer
HMA Branch Chief