January 08, 2013
Cities, towns, and certain non-profits in Vermont are once again eligible for funds to help prevent future damage during natural disasters. The state of Vermont is accepting applications for funding under the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The program awards money to municipalities to fix public infrastructure, buyout homes and businesses, and other projects.
Projects are designed to avoid damage in floods and other natural disasters. In the past these have included flood proofing, raising, or relocation of public buildings; culvert replacement and repairs to drainage systems in areas that frequently flood; buying private properties and businesses in flood prone areas; and other measures that help mitigate the human and monetary cost of future disasters. Towns and agencies in all Vermont counties are eligible to apply for the program.
HMGP covers up to 75 of project costs; with a 25 local match requirement that is the responsibility of the applicant. Unlike prior HMGP funding rounds, the state is not able to commit the 25 local match share for property acquisitions as funding for this purpose is not certain. HMGP is funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is administered by the Vermont division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
Communities must submit a letter of intent to EMHS by January 18, 2013. Completed applications are due by February 1, 2013.
An HMGP application can be downloaded from EMHS’s website at http://vem.vermont.gov/mitigation. Or contact the State Hazard Mitigation Officer at 800-347-0488 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an application or assistance in applying for funds.
HMGP funds are awarded on a competitive basis and all applications are reviewed and selected by the state mitigation project selection committee, then subject to approval by FEMA.
Media inquiries can be directed to the division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Public Information Officer Mark Bosma at 800-347-0488.
Source: Department of Public Service
Last Updated at: January 08, 2013 13:37:19