On Aug. 4, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the Notice of Funding Opportunities for the Flood Mitigation Assistance grant program and the new Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities pre-disaster mitigation grant program.

There is $160 million available nationwide for Flood Mitigation Assistance grant, and $500 million in pre-disaster mitigation funding available through the new BRIC program.

To prepare stakeholders for the opening of the FMA and BRIC application period on Sept. 30, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency will offer a series of webinars and technical assistance in the early fall.

Applications will be submitted to MEMA. The deadline is to-be-determined.

The guiding principles of the BRIC program are:
• Supporting communities through capability- and capacity-building
• Encouraging and enabling innovation
• Promoting partnerships
• Enabling large projects
• Maintaining flexibility
• Providing consistency
The BRIC priorities are to incentivize the following:
• Public infrastructure projects
• Projects that mitigate risk to one or more lifelines
• Projects that incorporate nature-based solutions
• The adoption and enforcement of modern building codes

The MEMA website has program information including video recordings, copies of FEMA’s five-part BRIC Summer Engagement Series, upcoming training/outreach events, and application information.

Specific questions on these two grant opportunities may be sent to mitigation@mass.gov.