Counties Eligible to Apply for FEMA Funds to Build Resilient Infrastructure and Address Flooding

August 20, 2020

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced today that it is opening the application period for the 2020 Building Resilient Infrastructure in Communities (BRIC) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant programs. These programs are nationally competitive. The BRIC program is new this year, and it is replacing the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant program that has been around for nearly two decades.

Depending on the project type, these grant applications require coordination with multiple departments within a community as well as state and federal agencies. Eligible pre-award costs cannot be claimed on the application until after September 30, 2020.

Project types eligible for funding include:

• Infrastructure Protective Measures
• Floodwater Storage and Diversion
• Floodplain and Stream Restoration
• Water and Sanitary Sewer Protective Measures
• Utility Protective Measures
• Stormwater Management
• Floodproofing of Historic or Non-Residential Structures
• Strategic Acquisition and Demolitions
• Green Infrastructure to Reduce Flooding
• Residential Mitigation Reconstruction
• Soil Stabilization
• Generators for Critical Facilities
• Wildfire Mitigation
• Wind Retrofit/Safe Rooms
• Drought/Aquifer Storage
• Residential Elevations

Application Submission
The VDEM grants portal is currently accepting pre-applications/applications for this cycle. VDEM encourages applicants to submit pre-applications as soon as possible so VDEM grant administrators can determine eligibility prior to being prompted to submit an application. All project applications, and supporting documentation, must be submitted through the by November 10, 2020, at 5 p.m.

For more information on how to apply, visit or contact Debbie Messmer, State Hazard Mitigation Officer, at 804.267.7732.

VACo Contact: Joe Lerch, AICP

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