Freese and Nichols Following FEMA Funding
Freese and Nichols has been following the Congressional budget situation and its impact on the annual Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation grant programs. As we reported in October, FEMA has delayed the release of its annual Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs, including Pre-Disaster Mitigation, Flood Mitigation Assistance, Repetitive Flood Claims and Severe Repetitive Loss, for FY2013 until Congress approves the Federal budget. The federal budget cuts will likely reduce the amount of funding FEMA will be able to provide for its annual grant programs. No indication has been made as to the degree of funding cuts the program will experience.
FEMA has indicated that they plan to merge several grant programs but has not released the new structure for its annual grant programs. Freese and Nichols understands that several of the annual programs are expected to be updated with new names and new local matches. We will post additional information on the expected grant program updates when it becomes available.
Freese and Nichols continues to monitor the FEMA funding situation and 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.