Hazard Mitigation

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.