Obtaining Flood Hazard Mitigation Grants
Mitigating flood hazards has become a necessity for many municipalities pursuing a more sustainable community and increased environmental quality. Fortunately, federal funding is available, usually in a 75-percent/25-percent federal/local cost share arrangement, through the authorization of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. In Texas, most of the flood hazard mitigation grants are administered through the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). Applying for and winning grants is a year-round activity. The agencies responsible for administering the mitigation grants publish a request for applications annually or post a presidential disaster declaration, depending on the grant. It is important to be ready to submit your notice of interest on relatively short notice.
Seven Steps for Successful Grant Preparation
1. Complete a FEMA-approved Hazard Mitigation Action Plan (HMAP).
2. Build a grant team. (Include a Certified Floodplain Manager, Emergency Manager, Public Works Director, etc.)
3. Identify potential projects and review them to verify the activity is eligible. (What is the problem, solution and metric for success?)
4. Develop a Notice of Interest.
5. Determine what studies are needed for the projects.
6. Perform a cost/benefit analysis of the project areas and update your FEMA-approved HMAP to include the proposed measures.
7. Build your application using eGrants. (Be sure to cite studies, HMAP and cost benefit.)