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New FEMA grant program helps to build resilient communities

Posted: Aug. 20, 2020

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) will support states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on Aug. 4 a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the BRIC program. This new $500 million grant program replaces the Pre-Disaster Mitigation program.

BRIC priorities are to incentivize:

  • Public infrastructure projects.
  • Projects that mitigate risk to one or more lifelines.
  • Projects that incorporate nature-based solutions.
  • Adoption and enforcement of modern building codes.

State, local, tribal and territorial governments can apply for BRIC grants from Sept. 30, 2020 to Jan. 29, 2021.

Mitigation projects must conform with the latest published editions of relevant consensus-based codes, specifications and standards that incorporate hazard-resistant designs.

FEMA will host a series of webinars in August and September on BRIC, including content on how complete an application. Register for the webinars.

This BRIC program was created from the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018. Reforms to the program came from lessons learned after the economic disruption and increased nationwide disaster costs caused by the historic 2017 hurricanes and wildfires.

This article appears in the
Aug. 20, 2020 InfoGram.

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