Executive Office of the Governor, Division of Emergency Management  



    Division of Emergency Management

    Subject:Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Funding Summary
    Program Summary

    The Florida Division of Emergency Management (the Division) is pleased to announce the availability of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds as a result of the recent Presidential Disaster Declaration for the Florida Severe Storms and Flooding (FEMA 4138-DR-FL).


    HMGP funding is authorized by Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief Act. This funding helps communities implement measures to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards and their effects. The Division encourages all potential applicants to submit applications for projects that address eligible mitigation activities. The amount of HMGP funding available to the state is based on the total federal disaster assistance for the Presidential Disaster Declaration.


    Application Timeline

    Applications are currently being accepted. The application period will close March 28, 2014. Applications mailed to the Division must be postmarked on or before March 28, 2014. Hand-delivered applications must be stamped in at the Division no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on March 28, 2014. The Division encourages potential applicants to submit complete applications before the close of the application period.


    Applications will only be accepted from eligible applicants as defined in the Minimum Program Eligibility section of this notice.


    Please provide four completed copies of the State of Florida Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Application and all appropriate attachments. The application and all other pertinent forms may be obtained at the Division’s website located at http://www.floridadisaster.org/Mitigation/Hazard/forms.htm. You may also contact the Division directly at (850)487-2053.


    Completed applications must be sent to the following address:

    ATTN: Kathleen Marshall, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

    Florida Division of Emergency Management

    Mitigation Section

    2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard

    Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2100


    Minimum Program Eligibility

    Eligible Applicants: According to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 44 §206.434(a), the following parties are eligible to apply for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds:

    • State and local governments who have an approved Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) in accordance with 44 CFR 201.6, prior to receipt of HMGP subgrant funding for projects;
    • Private non-profit organizations or institutions that own or operate a private non-profit facility as defined in §206.221(e); and
    • Indian tribes or authorized tribal organizations.

    Eligible Activities: Activities include mitigation projects that will result in protection of public or private property from natural hazards. Activities for which implementation has already been initiated or completed are not eligible for funding. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Acquisition or relocation of hazard-prone structures
    • Retrofitting of existing buildings and facilities that will result in increased protection from hazards
    • Elevation of flood-prone structures
    • Infrastructure protection measures
    • Stormwater management improvements
    • Minor structure flood control projects
    • Residential and community safe room construction


    Ineligible Activities: The state will not consider funding requests for:

    • Generators (unless for a critical facility provided they are cost-effective, contribute to a long-term solution to the problem that they are intended to address, and meet other project eligibility criteria as required by 44 CFR § 206.434(c); or unless they are an integral part of a larger eligible project);
    • Construction of new facilities (Nevertheless, the cost associated with above-code upgrades to new facilities may be considered);
    • Equipment such as emergency pumps, vehicles, and communication devices;
    • Tree removal, debris removal, and other forms of maintenance; or
    • Projects already in progress (Construction may not begin until the contract between the State and subgrantee is executed and the project has met requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act).


    Eligibility Criteria: All projects submitted must meet minimum criteria to be considered for funding. An eligible project must:

    • Conform to the Florida State Hazard Mitigation Plan and the respective community’s LMS;
    • Conform to the funding priorities for the disaster, as established in the appropriate LMS;
    • Demonstrate cost-effectiveness;
    • Be technically feasible;
    • Benefit the designated disaster area;
    • Conform to all applicable environmental laws and regulations, as well as Executive Orders;
    • Solve a problem independently or constitute a functional part of a solution;
    • Benefit a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) participating community that is not on probation or suspended from the NFIP; and
    • Meet all applicable State and local codes and standards.


    Cost-Share Requirements

    Under the HMGP, FEMA will contribute up to 75 percent of the total amount approved under the grant award to implement eligible, cost-effective mitigation measures. The applicant must provide the remaining 25-percent non-federal share. Contributions, cash, and in-kind services are acceptable as part of the non-federal share. Requirements for in-kind contributions can be found in 44 CFR §13.24. In-kind contributions must be directly related to the eligible project cost and are those personnel, materials, equipment and supplies owned, controlled, and operated by the applicant or a third party contributor.


    Applicants may use the Global Match concept as part of the 25-percent non-federal share. Global Match permits a potential applicant to meet the non-federal share match by receiving credit for state and/or local government funds that were committed to similar type project(s). These similar, non-federally funded projects must meet all of the HMGP eligibility requirements. This means that if Global Match is approved, the applicant may receive up to 100-percent federal share.


    Pre-Award Costs

    Prior to receiving a grant award, pre-award costs may be requested. Pre-award costs include items such as engineering, environmental study, permitting, and other "soft" costs associated with a construction project. Construction activities are not considered pre-award costs. Pre-award costs must be requested in writing. Guidelines for pre-award costs are included in Attachment A.


    County Funding Allocation

    To ensure funds are distributed equitably, designated counties have been assigned a portion of the total HMGP grant. The amount is based on a calculation of the proportional share of the total federal assistance under the Public Assistance (PA), Individual Assistance (IA), and Small Business Administration (SBA) programs as of November 2013. Commitment of project funds by the Division is contingent upon receipt of appropriate Legislative Budget Authority.


    These figures are shown in Attachment B and represent the estimated amount of HMGP funds currently available. HMGP funding is available only to those counties that have a current FEMA-approved LMS. Project applications will be considered only if:

    (1)    The application is accompanied by an endorsement by the LMS Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson stating that the project is included in the current LMS; and,

    (2)    If more than one project is submitted, the endorsement indicates the prioritization. A sample project submission letter is shown in Attachment C.


    The Division will attempt to fund each submitted project in priority order until the county’s allocation has been exhausted. In accordance with Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) 27P-22.006, the Division uses the following tiered allocation system up until the State application deadline with FEMA:


    Tier 1 The available HMGP funds are allocated to counties included in the relevant Presidential Disaster Declaration in proportion to each county’s share of federal disaster funding from the Public Assistance (PA), Individual Assistance (IA), and Small Business


    Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Program as of 90 days after a Disaster Declaration as reported by FEMA. Eligible projects submitted by each county included in the relevant Presidential Disaster Declaration will be funded in order of priority as outlined in the LMS until the allocated funds are exhausted or all eligible projects are funded.


    Tier 2 Any allocation remaining after all eligible projects in any declared county are funded, shall be re-allocated to those counties included in the relevant Presidential Disaster Declaration whose allocation was not sufficient to fund all submitted eligible projects. The order of priority for re-allocating funds is detailed in Attachment D.


    Tier 3 In the event funds remain after the Tier 1 and Tier 2 process, any remaining funds will be offered on a statewide basis as described in Attachment D.


    Please see Attachment D for a detailed explanation of funding tiers.


    Funding Availability and Notification

    FEMA notifies the State of HMGP funding availability at the following milestones:

    1. Initial 90-Day Estimate

    This is an early estimate only and not an actual commitment of funding by FEMA. Funding may increase or decrease based on actual disaster claims during the declaration period. These estimates are provided for planning purposes and to jump-start the HMGP application process.

    1. 12 Months from the Date of Declaration

    FEMA will establish the HMGP funding ceiling for each disaster at 12 months after the disaster declaration. This amount is the maximum that FEMA can obligate for eligible HMGP activities, according to FEMA’s May 2013 modification to its Hazard Mitigation Assistance Unified Guidance.

    It is important for potential applicants to recognize that HMGP funds are contingent upon FEMA’s reexamination of the disaster figures at the given time intervals. A county’s funding allocation can increase or decrease after it has submitted an application.


    Technical Assistance

    The Division is in the process of scheduling HMGP application development workshops. Please check the Division’s website http://www.floridadisaster.org/Mitigation/Hazard for date, time, location and a short overview of the workshops. The Division will provide technical assistance throughout the application process. This includes assistance with the application process, Benefit Cost Analysis, Engineering Feasibility and Environmental/Historical Preservation Compliance. If there are any questions regarding the allocation of funds or the project review and selection criteria, please call Bureau staff at one of the following numbers:

    (850)922-5944 (Program Eligibility)

    (407)856-5019 (Environmental)

    (407)856-5010 (Engineering and Technical Feasibility)


    For additional information and technical assistance, please refer to FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance Unified Guidance document available at http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=4225.


    To assist you in submitting qualified project applications, the following attachments are located on the Division website http://www.floridadisaster.org/Mitigation/Hazard including the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Application:


    Attachment A: HMGP Program Policy on Pre-award Cost and Form

    Attachment B: Initial Estimate of Available HMGP Funding

    Attachment C: Sample Project Submission Letter

    Attachment D:Florida Administrative Code 27P-22



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