FEMA announces $2.4B for resilience projects

Aug. 31, 2023
The BRIC and FMA competitive grant program selected projects for over $2.4 billion in climate resilience funding, helping to combat flood risk and other problems posed by natural disasters.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the project selections for over $2.4 billion in climate resilience funding through the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) programs.

The selections include $1.8 billion for resilience projects through the BRIC national competition and $642 million for community-scale flood mitigation projects through FMA.

The selections build on $160 million in BRIC and FMA selections that FEMA announced in May for efforts to support mitigation projects, project scoping, and adoption of hazard-resistant building codes.

Combined, the funds awarded this grant cycle of the BRIC and FMA programs total nearly $3 billion including management costs.

“From Hawaii to Maine, and everywhere in between, we are seeing the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters, devastating communities nationwide. Though FEMA will always help communities respond and recover to these disasters, it is also paramount to build resilience before disasters strike,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. “Thanks to President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we have more resources than ever to meet this moment and provide our state, local, territorial, and tribal partners with the resources they need to help us create a more resilient nation.”

The top five primary hazard sources of the projects selected in the national competition for each program include flooding, infrastructure failure, fire, drought and dam or levee break hazards.