FEMA Funding Delayed
Typically, this time of year is “grant season” for many of our stormwater projects. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsors a number of annual grants that can be used for stormwater projects. All FEMA annual grant programs have been delayed until the Congressional budget is finalized. The expectation is that the budget will be finalized following the Presidential election in November, which will likely open the grant application period in December or January. However, there is a slim chance that funding could be made available in October if Congress approves a six-month budget for FEMA.
FEMA has indicated that they plan to merge the Severe Repetitive Loss, Flood Mitigation Assistance, and Repetitive Flood Claims grant programs into a single program with a new name. The details are still being finalized as to how this new program will work.
Freese and Nichols is monitoring these funding opportunities. FNI will post a blog article when FEMA solicits applications for these programs. If you have questions or would like to discuss potential project ideas, please contact Jill Trevino.