FY2012 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Application Information


Georgia Emergency Management Agency

Application Information
Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Programs – Fiscal Year 2012
Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA),
Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC), Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL), Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

Introduction
For Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12), HMA grant guidance for HMGP, PDM, FMA, RFC, and SRL has been combined in one comprehensive package. Through these grant programs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides funds to States and local governments to implement hazard mitigation measures that reduce losses of life and property damage caused by natural disasters. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) administers these federal grant programs in the State of Georgia. This grant guidance is applicable for disasters declared on or after June 1, 2010 and for the FY12 cycle of the PDM, FMA, RFC, and SRL programs.

Eligible Applicants
Public agencies, including State and local governments are eligible to apply for HMA grants. Certain private non-profits organizations are eligible to apply for HMGP grants.

Applicants must participate and be in good standing in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) if a special flood hazard area has been mapped. Information about the NFIP is available at http://www.fema.gov/about/programs/nfip/index.shtm. To be eligible for the full range of HMGP projects, applicants must participate and be in good standing in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Planning Criteria
To be considered for HMA12 project funding, local governments must have a FEMA approved mitigation plan by December 2, 2011. For HMGP, local governments must have proposed projects identified in their FEMA approved mitigation plan.


HMA Eligible Project Types by Program

Mitigation ProjectHMGPPDMFMARFCSRL
1. Mitigation Projects
Property Acquisition and Structure Demolition
Property Acquisition and Structure Relocation
Structure Elevation
Mitigation Reconstruction╣
Dry Floodproofing of Historic Residential Structures
Dry Floodproofing of Non-residential Structures
Minor Localized Flood Reduction Projects
Structural Retrofitting of Existing Buildings
Non-structural Retrofitting of Existing Buildings and Facilities
Safe Room Construction
Infrastructure Retrofit
Soil Stabilization
Wildfire Mitigation
Post-Disaster Code Enforcement
Initiative Projects
2. Hazard Mitigation Planning
All Hazard/Flood Mitigation Planning
╣ Structure must be outside regulatory floodway or Zone V and permitted only if traditional elevation cannot be implemented


Project Funding
HMA grants are awarded on a nationally competitive basis. The Federal share of HMA funding is program and plan dependent and ranges from 75% to 100%. The non-Federal share may be met with cash, contributions, and certain other grants such as Community Development Block Grants, Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) flood insurance payments, or in-kind services.

Cost Share by Program (Percent of Federal/Non-Federal Share)/Federal Share Project Cap
RFC (100/0)/$1 million for localized minor flood reduction
SRL (90/10)/
FMA-SRL Property (90/10)/
FMA (75/25)
PDM (75/25)/$3 million project/$400K planning
HMGP (75/25)

Application Process and Schedule
The submittal of pre-applications consisting of either a property or a project worksheet is required for all project grants due to minimum Benefit-Cost requirements for project eligibility. GEMA staff will assist you with the Benefit Cost Analysis. Click here to download pre-applications or call the GEMA Hazard Mitigation Division at 1-800-TRY-GEMA or (404) 635-7522. Completed pre-applications including all supporting documentation must be received by August 15, 2011.

Completed pre-applications should be mailed or emailed to:

Georgia Emergency Management Agency
Post Office Box 18055
Atlanta, Georgia 30316-0855
Attention: Hazard Mitigation Division
GEMA-HazMitPOC@gema.ga.gov


Applicants who submit pre-applications may need to register for access to the eGrant system.

Upon determination that the proposed project meets the minimum federal eligibility criteria for PDM, FMA, RFC or SRL; GEMA will notify you and activate your eGrants access for application development. Pre-applications that do not demonstrate minimum project federal eligibility will be removed from further consideration.

Upon determination that the proposed project meets the minimum federal eligibility criteria for HMGP; GEMA will notify you with application development instructions. Pre-applications that do not demonstrate minimum project federal eligibility will be removed from further consideration.

Applicants must use FEMA’s eGrants system to enter their application for PDM, RFC, SRL, and FMA grants. eGrants is an electronic grant system developed by FEMA as part of the Federal Government’s eCommerce initiative. Completed applications must be submitted through this system by November 18, 2011 at 3:00:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to be considered for funding. Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered for this funding cycle.

Technical Assistance
GEMA Hazard Mitigation staff will provide technical assistance to local governments for project application preparation.
Additional information about the HMA program is available at
http://www.fema.gov/government/grant/hma/index.shtm.