FMA Grant Program 2020

FMA Grant Program 2020

The 2020 FMA Grant application period is currently open. Deadline for homeowner submission of required documentation is November 13, 2020 in order to ensure sufficient time to validate and qualify of all information in the City of Houston's grant application, which must be delivered to the State of Texas by December 1, 2020.

To indicate your interest to be evaluated for the 2020 FMA Grant please submit your information via the “Fill out a Form” link below.

The City of Houston is currently collecting information from residents that may qualify for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant program administered by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This program provides federal funding assistance for a wide range of flood mitigation projects, including for individual properties that have experienced damage from flooding events.

The City will be seeking grant funds to elevate structures that do not currently meet the City's minimum standards of 2 feet above the 500-year flood elevation. If the grant is awarded, home elevation would bring eligible/approved properties compliant by lifting each structure such that the lowest floor is at least at 2 feet above the 500-year flood level and a new foundation will be built to support the home.

There is no guarantee that the City will receive any funds for this program. However, City Officials are determined to ensure that they seek all opportunities available.

If you have already elevated your home, you will not be eligible for the grant. Only homeowners who have flood insurance from FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) are eligible. The flood insurance must be effective at the time of the grant application and be maintained throughout the process and for the life of the structure.

To submit your interest at this time please click the “Fill out a Form” button located on this page to provide your property information and contact information. The City will contact you via email or mail to request additional required information. This information includes current flood insurance policy declaration page, NFIP flood loss history and other FEMA required forms which will be used for property evaluation and determination of grant eligibility. If you have submitted your information and your property meets FEMA requirements, your address will be submitted as part of the application process. Please note that this is a voluntary program and that submitting your property for evaluation does not obligate you to participate.

If you have additional questions you may contact the City of Houston Public Works Grants Department or our assisting consultants at (713) 470-9762 or hazard.mitigation@houstontx.gov.

Download an FMA 2020 Application Package

Download the FMA 2020 FMA Elevation Presentation

Fill out a Form

Home elevation and limited buyouts may be applicable for homes deep in the floodplain or where there are clusters of interested homeowners.

SUMMARY OF GRANT PROGRAMS

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

Assists in implementing long-term hazard mitigation projects following a Presidential major disaster declaration. The State and FEMA are not currently accepting any applications.

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)

Provides funds for projects to reduce or eliminate the risk of flood damage to buildings that are insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on an annual basis.

These grants cover 100% of eligible costs for properties designated as Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) properties, 90% of eligible costs for Repetitive Loss (RL) properties, and 75% of eligible costs for all others.

PREVIOUS GRANT APPLICATION STATUS

2019 FMA

The City of Houston submitted a total of three applications for 91 properties in respond to FEMA’s request for applications for the 2019 Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program. We were notified on May 29, 2020 that all three were selected for further review by FEMA. Though no guarantee of grant award this is often the first step in receiving a grant award in the Flood Mitigation Program. The City of Houston we will notify homeowners as more information becomes available.

2018 FMA

The City of Houston submitted a total of three applications for 85 properties in respond to FEMA’s request for applications for the 2018 Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program. This application was selected for further review by FEMA and the City of Houston has responded to a Request for Information from FEMA related to the grant applications. We anticipate FEMA making award announcements in the 3rd Quarter of 2020.

2018 Hazard Mitigation Grants (Harvey)

The City of Houston submitted applications for grants to elevate 246 homes and to acquire and demolish 3 homes. At this time the City’s applications have been identified by the State as alternate projects. An alternate project may or may not be awarded by the State after primary selected projects are completed and funding becomes available.

2017 FMA

The City of Houston’s applications for Flood Mitigation Assistance in 2017 were not awarded by FEMA.

2016 FMA

Activity Amount Approved Complete Under Construction Under Contract Bidding Pending Dropped Out
Elevation $12.9 million total 40 3 5 3 0 13 16
$12.4 million federally funded

2015 FMA

Activity Amount Approved Complete Under Construction Under Contract Bidding Pending Dropped Out*
Elevation $15.3 million total 43 23 3 1 0 2 14
$14.8 million federally funded

*For homes that have dropped out of the grant, the City looks at grant alternates once the final grant costs with current candidate projects are confirmed.

HOW GRANT FUNDING WORKS | infographic

GRANT PUBLIC NOTICES

Grant Public Notice_2018

QUESTIONS?

For question regarding status of current grants or general information, please contact the City’s Hazard Mitigation group at 713.470.9762 or hazard.mitigation@houstontx.gov

Home elevation and limited buyouts may be applicable for homes deep in the floodplain or where there are clusters of interested homeowners.

GRANT PROGRAMS

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

Assists in implementing long-term hazard mitigation projects following a Presidential major disaster declaration. The State and FEMA are currently accepting applications related to Hurricane Harvey. If you are interested in a grant, please submit an online interest form above.

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)

Provides funds for projects to reduce or eliminate the risk of flood damage to buildings that are insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on an annual basis.

These grants cover 100% of eligible costs for properties designated as Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) properties, 90% of eligible costs for Repetitive Loss (RL) properties, and 75% of eligible costs for all others.

GRANT STATUS

2018 Hazard Mitigation Grants (Harvey)

The City is currently accepting applications for Hazard Mitigation Grant funding. Please submit an online interest form from the link above if you are interested.

online interest forms received

application packets sent   homeowner documentation received   applications submitted to State & FEMA

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1,141 306 73

2017 FMA

An application including 33 homes was submitted in September 2017. This application was not awarded by FEMA.

2016 FMA

Activity

Amount Approved Complete Under Construction Under Contract Bidding Pending Dropped Out

Elevation

$12.9 million total 40 0 0 0 25 15 0

$12.4 million federally funded

2015 FMA

Activity

Amount Approved Complete Under Construction Under Contract Bidding Pending Dropped Out*

Elevation

$15.3 million total 42 8 15 4 0 2 13

$14.8 million federally funded

*For homes that have dropped out of the grant, the City will look at grant alternates once the final grant costs with current candidate projects are confirmed. Tentatively late 2018.

HOW GRANT FUNDING WORKS | infographic

GRANT PUBLIC NOTICES

Grant Public Notice_2018

QUESTIONS?

For question regarding status of current grants or general information, please contact the City’s Hazard Mitigation group at 713.470.9762 or hazard.mitigation@houstontx.gov