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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has posted the FY19 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcements for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant programs on www.grants.gov. These NOFOs summarize the grant programs and details about the agency’s funding priorities and review process. FEMA will offer a series of webinars in September and October on the FY19 NOFOs for prospective applicants and how to use Mitigation eGrants, the system that FEMA will use to accept and process all grant applications. Applicants may attend any session. Upcoming sessions are listed below.

NOFO Overview. FEMA will offer a webinar on the FY19 NOFOs for prospective applicants. This webinar will be offered three times and applicants may attend any session.

  1. Wednesday, September 4 ,at 2 p.m.
  2. Tuesday, September 10, at 2 p.m.
  3. Tuesday, September 17, at 2 p.m. 

E-Grants For Beginners. This webinar will be offered four times and prospective FY19 applicants may attend any session. These webinars will be “MT eGrants 101” for basic users and new users. Topics covered will include how to access the system, where to go for help, and offer plenty of time for question and answer. Primarily intended for sub-applicants and new users.

  1. Wednesday, September 18, at 9 a.m. 
  2. Thursday, September 19, at 5 p.m. 
  3. Wednesday, October 16, at 5 p.m. 
  4. Monday, October 21, at 9 a.m. 

Avoiding Application Pitfalls. FEMA will offer a webinar on common Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant application errors and how to avoid them. This webinar will be offered two times and applicants may attend either session.

  1. Tuesday, October 8, at 2 pm 
  2. Tuesday, October 15, at 2 pm

FEMA will open the FY19 application period on September 30, 2019. Eligible applicants must apply for funding through the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal accessible at https://portal.fema.gov. All applications must be submitted no later than 3 pm on January 31, 2020.

Program Funding

Flood Mitigation Assistance. FMA grants are available to implement measures to reduce or eliminate risk of severe repetitive and repetitive flood damage to buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In FY19, $160 million is available for FMA grants. There is a set-aside of $70 million for community flood mitigation advance assistance and flood mitigation projects to ensure community needs are met. The remainder of the FY19 FMA grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for planning, technical assistance, and projects that will reduce or eliminate claims under the NFIP with a focus on mitigation of severe repetitive loss (SRL) and repetitive loss properties (RL).

Further information is in the NOFO: