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Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

Grants to Vermont Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Tribes for Disaster Preparedness Activities

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Grants to Vermont nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and tribes to reduce the impact of potential natural disasters. Funding is intended to help eliminate or decrease the risk to local residents and property. Grant funds may be used to support projects in the areas of acquisitions, infrastructure development, and planning.

Funding is available for the following types of projects:
  • Acquisition Projects: HMGP Acquisition applications are projects for the voluntary acquisition of an existing at-risk structure and the underlying land, and conversion of the land to open space through EITHER the 1) demolition or 2) relocation of the structure. The property must be deed-restricted in perpetuity to open space uses to restore and/or conserve the natural floodplain functions. Both residential and commercial properties are eligible.
  • Infrastructure Projects: HMGP Infrastructure applications include projects for upsizing and improving culverts, road relocation, slope stabilization, building elevation and floodproofing, generators for critical facilities, and minor localized flood reduction projects.
  • Planning and 5% Initiative Projects: 
    • HMGP Planning applications are for projects that result in a FEMA-approved Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP), or a revision to a section of a currently approved LHMP.
    • HMGP 5% Initiative applications are for projects that are consistent with local and state mitigation plans, where there is a reasonable expectation that future damage or loss of life and property will be reduced or prevented by the activity, and for which it may be difficult to conduct a standard FEMA Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) to prove cost-effectiveness.

Typical hazard mitigation projects include: mitigation of local roads and bridges, home acquisition (buyout), structural elevations or relocations, replacement of undersized culverts, mitigation outreach and education, etc. Project proposals do not need to be directly connected to damages incurred from the most recent declared disaster. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162686

Term of Contract:

The Period of Performance (POP) for HMGP begins with the opening of the application period and ends no later than 36 months from the close of the application period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants and/or Subapplicants
- State
- Local governments
- Indian tribes or other tribal organizations
- Private non-profit organizations

Individual homeowners and businesses may not apply directly to the program; however an eligible Applicant or Subapplicant may apply on their behalf.

Please note the following eligibility requirements:
1) Communities must have a FEMA approved and adopted local hazard mitigation plan. VEM will accept applications from towns currently lacking an approved mitigation plan, but FEMA will not release awarded project funds unless the mitigation plan has been approved by FEMA and adopted. Those towns lacking an approved plan must indicate on their HMGP application that they commit to completing a local mitigation plan within 12 months of application submittal; they can also contact their local Regional Planning Commission for assistance.
2) Communities must be in good standing with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), if a special flood hazard area (SFHA) has been identified in the community and if the proposed project is located within the SFHA. Please contact the regional Agency of Natural Resources floodplain manager for additional information on applying for NFIP membership.
3) Communities must have an adopted Local Emergency Management Plan (LEMP) in place. If a town currently lacks an LEMP, HMGP applications will be accepted but funds may not be released until the LEMP is in place. For assistance with LEMP development, towns may contact their local Regional Planning Commission.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications Deadline has been extended to February, 26, 2021.

If you wish to apply for HMGP funding, please submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to VEM. The LOI should include a brief description of your proposal and the total estimated cost of your project. Please note that LOIs are strongly encouraged, but not required.

Federal funds are available to cover up to 75% of approved project costs; however, please note that there is a 25% local match requirement that is the responsibility of the applicant town.

Note that HMGP applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed by the State Hazard Mitigation Project Review Committee at their next meeting. That is, if you have a project in mind, please develop the application regardless of current funding status, so that your project can be reviewed when new funds become available. As open periods of funding become available, a state deadline for application submittal will be noted on the URL for Full Text below.

- For Acquisition Projects (a.k.a. Buyouts):
- For Infrastructure Projects (a.k.a. drainage, elevation, flood proofing, minor localized flood reduction projects):
- For Planning and 5% Projects:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please submit LOIs and completed applications to:

Stephanie Smith, State Hazard Mitigation Officer
Vermont Emergency Management
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1300
Tel (802) 241-5362

Please contact State Hazard Mitigation Officer Stephanie Smith at the address above if you have any questions or concerns regarding HMGP or any other FEMA mitigation grant program.

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