The Hazard Mitigation Assistance Application Process

Topic 2: The Hazard Mitigation Assistance Application Process

How can FEMA improve or streamline the application form (and submission process) for BRIC projects? We especially welcome the opinions of individuals who have familiarity with FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance application.

FEMA seeks your opinions on:

  • What FEMA can do to make make applying for HMA grants faster and easier
  • What application requirements are necessary in seeking grant funding
  • How the application process can be streamlined, while still retaining accountability and program effectiveness
(@jaleesa.tate)

The Hazard Mitigation Assistance Application Process

Reduce Complexity and Provide Activity Specific Guidance

The complexity of the current HMA submission process is an impediment to encouraging subapplicants to pursue mitigation. Improving the user experience of the eGrants system is key to improving the HMA application process. FEMA can begin improving and streamlining the submission process by developing activity specific guidance for applicants/subapplicants to include activity specific information and documentation requirements... more »

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Change to Eligibility of Subapplicants

When 2 CFR 200 went effective December 26, 2014, several our County governments became apprehensive to be a pass-through entity for local private non-profit rural electric cooperatives due to the additional requirements in 2 CFR § 200.331 - Requirements for Pass-Through Entities and §200.328 Monitoring and Reporting Program Performance. These additional requirements have made the county governments reluctant in being... more »

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Streamline application process

The American Flood Coalition supports streamlining the application process for Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant programs to reduce the burden on applicants. We are pleased that FEMA's goals for the BRIC program include reducing complexities, simplifying the process by using the new FEMAGo system, reducing documentation, and reducing RFI issuances. The development of the BRIC program provides an opportunity for FEMA... more »

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Application Reviews

FEMA should complete application reviews more quickly by ensuring that there is adequate staff to complete the reviews in a timely manner. Alternatively, the HMA application review process might benefit from staff or increased staff whose positions do not require deployment in response to hazard events.

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(@dsmandell)

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Share information on statistics for previously successful applications

There should be an increased dialogue and more data available related to the kinds of projects FEMA funds every year through its programs. For example, as I am considering putting together an application, I would like to know if similar projects have been favored in the past, factors that differentiate a successful application for each kind of project, and any other data that may be informative. Useful data could also... more »

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(@dsmandell)

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FEMA should include all application requirements in the grant guidance

FEMA should make very clear the information and supporting data an application must include either in the application or in the guidance. I'll follow the process FEMA outlines, but it wastes a lot of time to follow the process and then find out that there are hidden rules that will reject my application on a technicality that is unforeseen and not previously communicated. I try to do as much as I can while preparing an... more »

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Provide frequent training to the Alaskan communities known to be at high risk

Developing a successful hazard mitigation project application requires significant expertise in technical fields such as project development, hazard mitigation, engineering, budgets, benefit-cost analysis, construction, etc. The majority of people we work with in rural communities do not have this expertise. Trainings are often needed to gain the required specialized knowledge, but trainings are not offered on a regular... more »

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Simplify the application process

often imminent environmental hazards that threaten infrastructure, health, and safety. This is partly due to the high cost and complexity of applying. The current online grants portal is difficult to use and is unreliable. For example, FEMA Region 10 staff recommend submitting proposals two weeks in advance of the deadline to enable post-submission troubleshooting with the online system. Additionally, learning how to... more »

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Promote Wind Mitigation Pre-Calculated Benefit Program (P-804)

Encouraging applicants to take advantage of the pre-calculated benefits BCA, such as the Wind Mitigation Guide (P-804) would help prioritize the application with mitigation embedded. Another option might be for FEMA to "certify" a consultant, organization, or person that has shown a dedication and commitment to hazard mitigation projects – and those projects are fast tracked

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