***The unified DR-4584/4593 HMGP Grant Round is open for pre-applications. The deadline to submit a Pre-Application Form is Sept. 1, 2021***

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants


Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants are provided to Washington state jurisdictions and tribal governments to reduce the effects of natural hazards and mitigate vulnerability to future disaster damage. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please send an email to HMA@mil.wa.gov.

R-4584/4593 Unified HMGP Application Round

A new Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) round is now available in Washington State due to two recent Major Disaster Declarations: DR-4584-WA, federally declared on March 04, 2021 (Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides), and DR-4593-WA, federally declared on April 08, 2021 (Winter Storm, Straight-Line Winds, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides. HMGP provides cost-share grants to eligible entities to fund cost-effective mitigation projects as well as new hazard mitigation plans or plan updates.

Eligible entities are invited to submit Pre-Applications expressing their interest in applying for grant funding under the DR-4584/4593 Unified HMGP Round. See the documents below for more information:

Mitigation Grant Program Guidance

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance Unified Guidance (2015 edition) applies to disasters declared on or after February 27, 2015 and is applicable to Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) (e.g., applicant and proposal eligibility, funding caps, cost shares, information on specific project types, and other programmatic details). The Hazard Mitigation Assistance Unified Guidance is available for free download with addendums, fact sheets, policy clarification, and guidance crosswalks on FEMA’s Publications website.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

This state-managed program is available only after a Presidential Declaration of Major Disaster. The program funds mitigation planning initiatives and cost-effective mitigation projects designed to reduce or eliminate the effects and costs of future disaster damage. Upon approval of the governor and state legislature, the state may pay a portion of the applicant’s cost share. More information about this program (Factsheet as a PDF).

Please send your questions to our Hazard Mitigation Assistance all-staff e-mail address: HMA@mil.wa.gov.

HMGP Post Fire Mitigation

FEMA now provides mitigation assistance using Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds for Fire Management Assistance declarations on or after Oct. 5, 2018. This assistance is called the HMGP Post Fire. HMGP funding is available for Fire Mitigation Assistance Grants (FMAG) declared within the state of Washington. This new grant funding is prioritized for pre- and post-wildfire risk reduction projects in the declared counties but is competitively available statewide. Each new FMAG will trigger a new HMGP grant opportunity. Standard HMGP eligibility criteria apply.

Pre-applications should be submitted to WA EMD via email at HMA@mil.wa.gov.

The counties specifically named in FMAG declarations are given priority consideration for these grants. Pre-Applications from eligible entities within these counties will be prioritized only if submitted by the deadlines. Submission deadlines will be established and announced as each round opens.

Pre-Applications from all other eligible entities will be considered on a competitive basis, Submissions from eligible entities within prioritized counties will also be accepted up to the deadline but may not receive priority consideration.

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)

The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program is a new nationally competitive annual grant opportunity that replaces the existing Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program. The program is available annually to eligible entities such as states, state agencies, federally recognized tribes, and local jurisdictions for the purpose of mitigation planning initiatives and cost-effective hazard mitigation projects. he Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program aims to
promote a national culture of preparedness and public safety through investments that protect our communities and infrastructure and foster resilience, shifting the federal focus away from reactive disaster spending and toward research-supported, proactive investment in community resilience. For more information on the BRIC program, visit the FEMA BRIC Website Here, or send your questions to our Hazard Mitigation Assistance all-staff e-mail address: HMA@mil.wa.gov.

Pre-Disaster Mitigation

This annually available, nationally competitive program provides funds for hazard mitigation measures designed to reduce injuries, loss of life, and damage and destruction of property. Grants are available for mitigation planning initiatives and cost-effective mitigation projects. Small, impoverished communities and Tribes may be eligible for a 90 percent federal cost share. For more information, contact David Spicer, Hazard Mitigation Programs Manager, (253) 512-7082; david.spicer@mil.wa.gov.

Flood Mitigation Assistance

This annually available program provides funds for cost-effective measures that reduce the risk of flood damage to structures that have flood insurance coverage. Grants are available for planning initiatives to update the flood hazard portion of an applicant’s hazard mitigation plan and for cost-effective flood mitigation projects. Funding for properties that meet the repetitive loss or severe repetitive loss thresholds is available at a 90 percent and 100 percent federal cost share, respectively. Funding for all other Flood Mitigation Assistance grants are available at a 75 percent federal cost share. There are no longer separate Repetitive Flood Claim and Severe Repetitive Loss grant programs. For more information, visit the FMA website or send your questions to our Hazard Mitigation Assistance all-staff e-mail address: HMA@mil.wa.gov.



Recommended FEMA Independent Study Courses

Mitigation Grants
IS-212: Introduction to Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA)
IS-30: eGrants for Sub-Applicants
IS-276: Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) Fundamentals
IS-277: Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) Entry Level
IS-253: Overview of FEMA’s Environmental and Historic Preservation Review

Mitigation Basics
IS-393: Introduction to Hazard Mitigation
IS-318: Mitigation Planning for Local and Tribal Communities
IS-320: Wildfire Mitigation Basics
IS-322: Flood Mitigation Basics
IS-323: Earthquake Mitigation Basics
Flood Insurance Rate Map Tutorial (FIRM)
Flood Insurance Studies Tutorial (FIS)

Additional Resources:

For questions and assistance, contact:

Note: To better serve our partners we have created a group e-mail account.

Emails sent to HMA@mil.wa.gov are received by all HMA staff to ensure prompt responses.

Timothy Cook
State Hazard Mitigation Officer
(253) 512-7072; tim.cook@mil.wa.gov

Kevin Zerbe
Hazard Mitigation Strategist
(253) 512-7467; kevin.zerbe@mil.wa.gov

Ryan Chandler
Hazard Mitigation Grant Supervisor
(253) 512-7460; ryan.chandler@mil.wa.gov

Sue Enders
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Coordinator
(253) 512-7177; sue.enders@mil.wa.gov

Sergio Madrid
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Coordinator
(253) 512-7164; Sergio.madrid@mil.wa.gov

Cynthia Foley
Hazard Mitigation Program Coordinator
(253) 433-5618; cynthia.foley@mil.wa.gov

Matthew Lebens
Hazard Mitigation Program Coordinator
(253) 512-7042; matthew.lebens@mil.wa.gov

Tammi Garofalo
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Coordinator
(253) 929-4493; tammi.garofalo@mil.wa.gov

Kirsten Weinmeister

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Coordinator
(253) 640-4894; kirsten.weinmeister@mil.wa.gov

Ashley Lawrence
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Assistant
(253) 512-7442; ashley.lawrence@mil.wa.gov

Logan Mast

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Assistant
(253) 512-7023; logan.mast@mil.wa.gov

For any general questions, or if you would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact HMA@mil.wa.gov.