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Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Clock is Ticking


November 30, 2006


The application period is now open for communities wishing to apply for FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants. These grants support projects which will reduce or eliminate disaster damages at a particular site which has had repetitive damage.

For 2007, $500,000 is available competitively within the State of Maine. An additional $75 million is available nationally, with a cap of $3 million per mitigation project. The Town of Canton was successful in winning a national grant in 2005, receiving $3 million to support their acquisition and demolition project.

MEMA invites communities to review projects listed in their FEMA-approved Hazard Mitigation Plan for projects that may be successful candidates for a competitive grant. Some factors to look at:

  1. Do the benefits of your project outweigh the costs?
  2. Does the project address repetitive damages?
  3. Is your community in good standing with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)?
  4. Can your community devote the time and match (25% local match is required) to this application and project?

If the answer to all these questions is "Yes", MEMA can offer technical assistance in applying for the grants. All applications must be made electronically, through the Internet. A workshop to assist in preparing the benefit/cost analysis that is critical to a successful grant applications will be held in Augusta on December 5th. For more information, call 800-452-8735, or contact us.

The deadline for State review of PDM applications is January 23rd, 2007.



Last update: 07/20/10