Flood Mitigation Assistance
CSFA Number: 588-40-0446
Agency Name
Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security (588)
Agency Identification
Agency Contact
Sam Al-Basha
Short Description
The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program makes Federal funds available to States, U.S Territories, Indian Tribal governments, and local communities to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Federal Authorization
Illinois Statue Authorization
Illinois Administrative Rules Authorization
Section 1366 of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 (NFIA, or “the Act”); 42 USC 4104c, as amended by the National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 1994 (NFIRA), Public Law 103-325; and the FIRA 2004, Public Law 108-264.
Acquisition of real property from willing sellers and demolition or relocation of buildings to convert the property to open space use. Elevation of flood prone structures.
Prime Recipient
UGA Program Terms
The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program makes Federal funds available to States, U.S Territories, Indian Tribal governments, and local communities to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The FMA program strengthens national preparedness and resilience and supports the mitigation mission area through Strategic Goal #1 Building a Culture of Preparedness, Objectives 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4 of the 2018 ? 2022 FEMA Strategic Plan. In Fiscal Year (FY) 202019, the FMA Program will prioritize proposals that address community flood risk by setting aside $70 million for this purpose. FEMA will seek to fund two types of community flood mitigation activities: ? Project Scoping for flood mitigation design and development of community flood mitigation projects that will subsequently reduce flood claims, up to $4 million. ? Mitigation projects that address community flood risk for the purpose of reducing NFIP flood claim payments, with the remaining balance of the $70 million after Advance Assistance applications are selected. The remaining funding, at least $90 million, will be used for FMA technical assistance, flood mitigation planning, and mitigation projects that reduce the risk of flooding to severe repetitive loss (SRL) and repetitive loss (RL) properties. See Section E, Application Review Information, of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for more information on FY 202019 FMA funding priorities
Eligible Applicants
Government Organizations;
Applicant Eligibility
The 50 States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Federally-recognized Indian Tribal governments may apply for FMA assistance as the Applicant to FEMA. Either the state Emergency Management Agency (EMA) or the office that has primary floodplain management responsibility is eligible to apply directly to FEMA for FMA funds as an applicant; however, only one application will be accepted from each state, tribe or territory. Applicants must have a FEMA approved mitigation plan as of the application deadline in order to apply for mitigation projects in accordance with 44 CFR Part 201.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Subject / Service Area
Public Safety
Credentials / Documentation
Please see the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) program guidance.
Preapplication Coordination
Application Procedures
The Notice of Funding Opportunity is posted on www.Grants.gov
Criteria Selecting Proposals
NFIP Compliance and project eligibility. Consistent with State Hazard Mitigation Plan funding priorities and local Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan
Award Procedures
Applications are reviewed by DHS/FEMA program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued. Applicants are responsible for distributing funds to sub-applicants.
The Notice of Funding Opportunity is posted on www.Grants.gov.
Range of Approval or Disapproval Time
6-12 months
Refer to HMA program guidance document
Formula Matching Requirements
The FMAP is an annual nationwide competitive program. Funding varies from year to year.
Uses and Restrictions
FMAP funds may be used to fund projects that will reduce or eliminate the losses from future disasters. Projects must provide a long-term solution to a problem – for example, elevation of a home to reduce the risk of flood damages as opposed to buying sandbags and pumps to fight the flood. In addition, a project’s potential savings must be more than the cost of implementing the project. Funds may be used to protect either public or private property or to purchase property that has been subjected to, or is in danger of, repetitive damage.
http://www.illinois.gov/iema/Mitigation/Pages/MitigationPrograms.aspx Recipients are required to submit quarterly financial and performance reports. Quarterly Performance Reports must include the progress of each sub-award. Quarterly Financial Reports must include the expenditures of each subaward. Reports are due 30 days after the end of each quarter: January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30. Final financial and performance reports are due 120 days after the expiration or termination of grant award.
For fiscal years beginning on or after December 26, 2014, recipients that expend $750,000.00 or more from all federal funding sources during their fiscal year are required to submit an organization-wide financial and compliance audit report, also known as a single audit report. The audit must be performed in accordance with the requirements of Government and Accountability Office (GAO) Government Auditing Standards, located at https://www.gao.gov/yellowbook/overview, and the requirements of Subpart F of 2 C.F.R. Part 200.
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-federal entity records pertinent to a federal award generally must be maintained for at least three years from the date the final Federal Financial Report (FFR) is submitted. See 2 C.F.R. 200.334. Further, if the recipient does not submit a final FFR and the award is administratively closed, FEMA uses the date of administrative closeout as the start of the general record retention period. The record retention period may be longer than three years or have a different start date in certain cases. These include: Records for real property and equipment acquired with federal funds must be retained for three years after final disposition of the property. See 2 C.F.R. 200.334(c). If any litigation, claim, or audit is started before the expiration of the three-year period, the records must be retained until all litigation, claims, or audit findings involving the records have been resolved and final action taken. See 2 C.F.R. 200.334(a). The record retention period will be extended if the recipient is notified in writing of the extension by FEMA, the cognizant or oversight agency for audit, or the cognizant agency for indirect costs. See 2 C.F.R. 200.334(b). Where FEMA requires recipients to report program income after the period of performance ends, the program income record retention period begins at the end of the recipient's fiscal year in which program income is earned. See 2 C.F.R. 200.334(e). For indirect cost rate proposals, cost allocation plans, or other rate computations records, the start of the record retention period depends on whether the indirect cost rate documents were submitted for negotiation. If the indirect cost rate documents were submitted for negotiation, the record retention period begins from the date those documents were submitted for negotiation. If indirect cost rate documents were not submitted for negotiation, the record retention period begins at the end of the recipient's fiscal year or other accounting period covered by that indirect cost rate. See 2 C.F.R. 200.334(f).
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 20$200,000,000.00; FY 21 est $200,000,000.00; FY 22 est $200,000,000.00;
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards will be governed by the FMA Program Regulations at 44 CFR Part 79; 44 CFR Part 200; 44 CFR Part 201, the DHS FEMA Real Property Acquisition Regulations at 44 CFR Part 80, and the HMA program guidance.
Program Accomplishments
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Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
http://www.illinois.gov/iema/Mitigation/Pages/MitigationPrograms.aspx Indirect Cost Rate restrictions and limitations: Up to 5% of the total project costs for management costs.
Regional or Local Assistance Location
1035 Outer Park Drive Springfield, IL 62704
Headquarters Office
1035 Outer Park Drive Springfield, IL 62704
Program Website
Example Projects
Fiscal Year2020: Mitigation projects that address community flood risk for the purpose of reducing NFIP flood claim payments
Published Date
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2015 : $713,901
FY 2016 : $2,514,124
FY 2017 : $2,000,000
FY 2018 : $500,000
FY 2019 : $10,247,953
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range