January 06, 2009
WATERBURY, VT— Vermont Emergency Management has two different grants available for communities throughout Vermont. The first is a mitigation grant program intended to avoid future damage like enlarging culverts and home buy-outs in hazardous areas. The second grant opportunity is to support local community shelters for evacuations and extensive utility outages.
Mitigation: All cities and towns are eligible for nearly $1,000,000 in federal mitigation grant funds; they need not have been affected by past disasters to apply. To qualify a city or town must have a FEMA approved and adopted local mitigation plan and must be participating in the National Flood Insurance Program if a special flood hazard area has been identified in the community. Vermont communities have until March 31, 2009 to apply. A Letter of Intent must be submitted to VEM by February 16, 2009.
Generators: Vermont cities and towns are also eligible for $200,000 in federal grant funds to help purchase generators for emergency shelters or homeless shelters and/or to help pay wiring costs for generator installation. Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) is requesting proposals from local communities who are seeking generators to support local shelter needs. Awards will be determined by: the number of applications, total project costs, geographic diversity, and ability to supply 50 non-federal matching funds. Communities which have an updated and adopted Rapid Response or Emergency Operations Plan and are NIMS (National Incident Management System) compliant will be ranked higher in the review process. The application deadline is noon on February 6, 2009.
Details, applications and supporting material for both grants can be found on www.vemvt.com. For more information on either grant program contact Vermont Emergency Management at (800) 347-0488.
Source: Vermont Emergency Management
Last Updated at: January 06, 2009 08:48:13