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.
Notices of Interest (NOI)
The NOI is intended to provide an opportunity for eligible subapplicants to propose well-defined mitigation actions that reduce risk to life and property from future natural hazards.
Eligible subapplicants* from all California Counties may submit NOIs.
NOIs may be submitted at any time
*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
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
Additional Application Documents:
Disclosure of Lobbying Activities
Procurement Guidance Documents:
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