October 12, 2023

FEMA: Nearly $2 Billion in Available Funding Announced to Increase Climate Resilience Nationwide

Today, alongside the Department of Homeland Security and the White House, FEMA announced that nearly $2 billion dollars will be available for two resilience grant programs designed to help communities mitigate against climate change and increasingly frequent and severe weather events. 

FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) annual grant program has made $1 billion available to fund projects that protect people and infrastructure from natural hazards and the effects of climate change. The Flood Mitigation Assistance program will also provide $800 million to fund projects that mitigate flood risks facing homes and communities across the nation. 

The funding for these two programs has been greatly increased thanks to the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and this year, the landmark legislation will contribute over $1 billion to these critical climate infrastructure and resilience programs. 

“The BRIC and Flood Mitigation Assistance programs are some of the most important resilience grant opportunities in the federal government. This funding helps communities nationwide design and implement transformational projects to become more resilient to the intensifying and increasingly frequent impacts of climate change,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. “Thanks to President Biden’s Investing in America agenda and the funding provided to FEMA by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we were able to infuse even more money to ensure state, local, tribal and territorial partners can continue to receive meaningful resources to achieve their resilience goals, especially for those communities most in need of support.”

Key changes to the grant programs this year include:

Past Success in FEMA Region 3:

Over the past few years, several communities in FEMA Region 3 have been selected as funding recipients for projects that increase resiliency. In August, fourteen projects in Region 3 were selected in the National BRIC competition and FMA program. 

Some examples of previous BRIC projects in Region 3 that have been selected include:

“We are excited to see the nearly $2 billion that will be available in this next grant cycle for our Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities and Flood Mitigation Assistance programs,” said FEMA Region 3 Regional Administrator MaryAnn Tierney. “I encourage local governments who may not have applied in the past to work with their state partners to apply in this new funding cycle.”

The application period will run from October 16, 2023 through February 29, 2024. Local governments must work with their state, tribal or territorial agency to submit applications. State deadlines will be in advance of February.

BRIC Direct Technical Assistance Program Taking Applications

FEMA is further expanding BRIC Direct Technical Assistance with a goal to add at least 80 more communities to the current 74 local jurisdictions nationwide. Direct Technical Assistance provides 3 years of non-financial support to help communities identify mitigation needs and develop tools to successfully apply for resilience funding through holistic hazard mitigation planning and project support. 

Currently there are 7 BRIC DTA Communities in Region 3 including:

Communities who want to participate may submit their interest from Oct. 16 through Feb. 29, 2024. FEMA will publish a new form online to streamline and simplify the submission process.

Visit FEMA.gov for more information about Hazard Mitigation Assistance. If you have any questions, please contact FEMA Region 3 Office of External Affairs at femar3newsdesk@fema.dhs.gov.

This post was originally published here.