Hazard Mitigation

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

GrantWorks has offices in both Texas and Louisiana to be well positioned to assist with your community’s Hazard Mitigation needs.

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides federal funds after a major disaster declaration. HMGP is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and administered by the State of Texas. While related to disasters, the HMGP is not a disaster relief program for individual disaster victims, or a recovery program that funds repairs to public property damaged during a disaster. It is a mitigation grant designed to:

  • Prevent or reduce future losses to lives and property through the identification and funding of mitigation measures;
  • Minimize the costs of future disaster response and recovery.

The HMGP can fund measures in a community that protect public and private property, so long as the measures are included in the community’s FEMA-approved Hazard Mitigation Plan, are cost effective, and comply with all Federal and State program guidelines.

The HMGP provides federal funds up to 75% of the cost of hazard mitigation projects.  Eligible applicants include state and local governments, Indian Tribes, and certain non-profit organizations and institutions. Selected sub-grantees must contribute at least 25% of the cost of their projects. The 25% match can be made in a variety of ways, including “in kind” services.

Some eligible project types are:

  • Creation and Updates of Community Hazard Mitigation Plans
  • Acquisition/Demolition
  • Minor Localized Flood Reduction Projects
  • Wind/Fire/Flood Retrofitting of Existing Structures
  • Safe Room Construction
  • Wildfire Mitigation
  • Generators
  • Warning Sirens
  • Public Information Campaigns

Applicants for any project other than a creation or update to a Hazard Mitigation Plan must have a FEMA approved Hazard Mitigation Plan in place before submitting their application.

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