FEMA has increased funding for its Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY 2021).
The program, as a reminder, replaced the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program last year. In its first year, FEMA offered $500 million to support hazard mitigation projects and planning efforts for state, local, tribal, and territorial governments. Now, for 2021, the “pot,” so to speak, has doubled to $1 billion.
“The BRIC program,” says FEMA, “provides a critical opportunity for governments to invest in a more resilient nation, reduce disaster suffering, and avoid future disaster costs.” And, at BOLDplanning, we couldn’t agree more. For years, our dedicated team and cloud-based platform have helped government agencies develop FEMA-approved Hazard Mitigation Plans or HMPs, benefitting of thousands of communities nationwide.
Most recently, we assisted Liberty County, Georgia, and its participating jurisdictions, to update its HMP. You can read the full story here.
As for BRIC program funding for FY 2021, BOLDplanning is certainly watching and waiting for more information. FEMA is expected to release the Fiscal Year Notice of Funding Opportunity in the coming weeks. “The funding notice,” says FEMA, “will provide detailed program information, grant application requirements, and other administrative requirements needed to apply for funding.” Early release of the notice will give you (as a potential applicant) more time to better understand the program and the online application process.
Rest assured, BOLDplanning will pass any/all information it receives on this funding opportunity (and others) as soon it becomes available.