September 10, 2020

FEMA releases NOFO for Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Program

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FEMA has posted the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Notification of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program and the new Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) pre-disaster mitigation grant programs. BRIC replaced the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program and was developed to be a flexible source of funding to promote capability- and capacity-building activities, mitigation projects, and management costs associated with a mitigation-focused project.

These two programs provide states, local communities, tribes and territories (SLTTs) funding for eligible mitigation activities to strengthen our nation’s ability to build a culture of preparedness by reducing disaster losses and protecting life and property from future disaster damages. The program is administered here in California by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). This is an exciting new source of funding for our state and local government partners and we encourage you to learn more and apply.

Who should apply?

All states, U.S. Territories, D.C., and Federally Recognized Tribal Governments that have experienced a disaster declaration in the past seven years are eligible for funds. Local and Indian Tribal Governments, and state and Tribal Agencies are eligible as subrecipients. For more information on eligible projects, see FEMA’s Mitigation Action Portfolio.

What is the timeline?

The NOFO is currently out and applications will open on Sept. 30, 2020. Applications due on Jan. 29, 2021 at 12 PST. In order for applications to be processed by Cal OES, SLTT sub-applicants must submit a notice of intent (NOI) between September 1-18, and sub-applications are due to Cal OES on December 2020. For more information on Cal OES’ process, visit


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