FEMA's Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) provides funding to assist States and communities in implementing measures to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insurable under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). FMA was created as part of the National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 1994 (42 U.S.C. 4101) with the goal of reducing or eliminating claims under the NFIP. The FMA is a pre-disaster grant program.
Planning is the foundation of FMA. FEMA encourages communities to identify ways to reduce their risk of flood damage by preparing a Flood Mitigation Plan. Communities that have Flood Mitigation Plans can request approval of their plans from their FMA State Point of Contact (POC) and FEMA. Approved plans make a community eligible to apply for FMA project grants. Plans must assess flood risk and identify actions to mitigate their risk(s).
There are two types of grants available to communities: Planning grants and Project grants.
Examples of Eligible Projects:
Applicant Eligibility Any State agency, participating NFIP community, or qualified local organization is eligible to participate in FMA. Communities that are suspended or on probation from the NFIP are not eligible. Individuals wishing to participate in FMA should contact their community officials.
Project Grant Eligibility Criteria
A project must also conform with:
FEMA distributes FMA funds to States, which in turn provide funds to communities. The State serves as the grantee and program administrator for the FMA. The State:
Cost-Share and Funding Limits
FEMA may contribute up to 75 percent of the total eligible costs. At least 25 percent of the total eligible costs must be provided by a nonfederal source. Of this 25 percent, no more than half (or 12.5% of the total project) can be provided as in-kind contributions from third parties. There are limits on the frequency of grants and the amount of funding that can be allocated to a State or community in any 5-year period.
For More Information
Go here to read about current FMA program activities in Nebraska. For more information on how to apply for an FMA grant, contact Nebraska's State FMA Point of Contact at the following address, phone number, or email link.
Nebraska Department of Natural Resources
301 Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 94676
Lincoln, NE 68509-4676
Telephone: (402) 471-3957
Fax: (402) 471-2900