FMA Grant Program 2021

The 2021 FMA Grant application has been submitted to FEMA for review. We anticipate FEMA making initial announcements of project selected for further review late in 2022 with grant awards for those projects in 2023.  

To indicate your interest to be contacted when the 2022 FMA Grant application period opens late in 2022, please submit your information via the “Fill out a Form” link below.

The City of Houston annually collects information regarding 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 regularly seeks 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. Limited buyouts may be applicable for homes deep in the floodplain or where there are clusters of interested homeowners.

If you have additional questions you may contact the City of Houston Public Works Grants Department at hazard.mitigation@houstontx.gov.

 

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

2021 FMA

The City of Houston’s application for the 2021 Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program has been submitted to FEMA for review. We anticipate FEMA making initial announcements of project selected for further review late in 2022 with grant awards for those projects in 2023.

 2020 FMA

The City of Houston’s application for the 2020 Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program was selected for further review by FEMA. Though there is no guarantee of grant award this is often the first step in receiving a grant award in the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program. The City of Houston will notify homeowners as more information becomes available.

2019 FMA

The City of Houston submitted a total of three applications for 91 properties in response to FEMA’s request for applications for the 2019 Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program. These have been awarded and as of January 2021, the City is in the process of accepting these awards and procuring elevation contractors via a request for qualifications solicitation for qualified contractors.

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. These have been awarded and accepted and the City is currently in the process of procuring elevation contractors via a request for qualifications solicitation for qualified contractors.

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. In late October 2021 the Texas Department of Emergency Management advised that additional funding may be available and are currently reviewing alternate projects for which funding may be awarded.

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

QUESTIONS?

For question regarding status of current grants or general information, please contact the City of Houston Public Works Grants Department at hazard.mitigation@houstontx.gov.