NIMS Alert 08-20: FEMA releases Disaster Financial Management Guide


FEMA has released the “Disaster Financial Management Guide” to support jurisdictions in establishing and implementing sound disaster financial management practices, which are critical for successful response and recovery.

The guide identifies the capabilities and activities necessary to prepare and successfully implement disaster financial management while maintaining fiscal responsibility throughout response and recovery operations. This includes considerations and practices necessary to:

  • Track, calculate and justify the costs of an emergency;
  • Support local reimbursement reconciliation;
  • Avoid de-obligation of grant funding; and effectively fund and implement recovery projects and priorities.

The principles, concepts and resources contained in the guide can support jurisdictions in identifying the resources needed to support their community, increase the efficiency of recovery efforts, and reduce the likelihood of audits and financial penalties for the jurisdiction.

The guide also presents an overview of common disaster assistance and recovery funding programs that may be beneficial to recovery efforts. Although there are many government and private/non-profit sector recovery resources and programs designed to aid jurisdictions, navigating the various eligibility requirements and application processes pose administrative challenges for jurisdictions.

The “Disaster Financial Management Guide” takes an all-hazard approach and addresses a broad range of issues jurisdictions face. However, the document contains concepts, principles and resources that are applicable to the current operational environment and ongoing COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.

To view the guide, please visit Contact FEMA at [email protected] for any questions or support on the document.

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Application Period Now Open

FEMA HMABeginning on August 14, 2017, the open application period began for 2 competitive Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs. Eligible applicants including territories, federally-recognized tribes, states and local governments may apply for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grants at through 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on November 14, 2017.

FMA grants are available to implement measures to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to structures insured by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). For FY 2017, $160 million is available, including $70 million for community flood mitigation activities that address flooding on a neighborhood level, such as floodwater diversion and localized flood-control measures as well as advance assistance for mitigation design and development of community flood mitigation projects. The remainder of funds will be used for mitigation planning, technical assistance and mitigating Severe Repetitive Loss and Repetitive Loss structures, which include elevation, acquisition, and relocation projects.

PDM grants are awarded for all-hazard mitigation planning and projects, such as the construction of community and residential safe rooms for tornados, and wind retrofits, which are enhancements made to strengthen the roof, walls and doors of structures to minimize damage caused by high winds. This year, $90 million is available, including $10 million for federally-recognized tribes. States, territories and the District of Columbia may apply for the statutory allocation of up to $575,000 federal share. The remainder of funds will be awarded on a competitive basis with an emphasis on mitigation activities that complement the post-disaster funding available under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and the flood mitigation funding from the FMA program.

To help with the development of Hazard Mitigation Assistance applications multiple tools have been created including fact sheets, benefit cost analysis guidance and job aids.

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FY 2017 Mitigation Grant Application Cycle: Lessons Learned and Best Practices for Application Development


FEMA’s 90-minute webinar was held on August 2 and 3, 2017. It reviewed lessons learned and best practices identified during the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 mitigation grant cycle to assist in the development of applications for the FY 2017 Grant Cycle. It presented an overview of the results of the FY 2016 mitigation grant cycle, with a focus on common issues and best practices identified across all project types with an in-depth walk through of the innovative Drought and Flood Mitigation Projects (Green Infrastructure, Aquifer Storage and Recovery, Flood Diversion and Storage, and Floodplain and Stream Restoration).

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How to find public safety grants that can help your department

Easy-to-follow grant listings show you programs available for your department and tell you when deadlines loom.
Easy-to-follow grant listings show you programs available for your department and tell you when deadlines loom.

Thousands of grants are available, but not every grant is the right fit for your department. How can you sift through all those grants, without wasting time and getting overwhelmed, yet still find what you need?

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GrantFinder is like Google for grants. Powerful search features help you zero in on the exact programs that your department can benefit from and that fit your circumstances.

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How do you find the public safety grants you need?

GrantFinder search page - Use up to 10 options to narrow or broaden your search
Use up to 10 options to narrow or broaden your search

A database that contains thousands of grants has to be easily searchable. Searching isn’t always as easy as tapping a button, though. Sometimes you need to really refine and target what you’re looking for, so you have a better chance at finding a good fit.

That’s why GrantFinder provides powerful yet simple tools to help you focus your search, including:

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  • Application Deadline
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  • Administering State
  • Geographic Coverage
  • Who Can Apply?

Instead of page after page of possibilities, you can search based solely on what you need and what’s relevant to your department.

Of course, you have other duties to attend to and can’t be expected to be searching in GrantFinder all the time. That’s why GrantFinder can be working for you even when you aren’t using it.

With Grant Alerts, you can tell GrantFinder to send you weekly emails, specific to your grant needs, that keep you up to date.

You found a grant… now what?

Use GrantFinder's Calendar view to show you grants by their application deadline
Use GrantFinder’s Calendar view to show you grants by their application deadline

Just because you found a grant doesn’t mean you’re ready to apply for it. You may need to get information ready. You might need to talk with your superiors, other personnel at your department or municipality, or with your consultant at First Responder Grants. Or, heck, you just might not have the time right then and there.

Does that mean you have to start your search all over?


With “My Grants” and the “Grant Calendar,” once you find a grant you can save it and come back to it later.

My Grants is also useful for when you find many programs that could be a good fit for your department. You can save all the programs you want, and come back one by one as timing and circumstances fit.

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Examples of public safety grants that have been available in the state of Minnesota
Examples of public safety grants that have been available in the state of Minnesota

Did you hear about a particular funding source? Do you want a better idea of what types of programs are available from a grant funder?

By looking through grant funding sources, you can find at-a-glance details on all the programs available from any grant funding source in the GrantFinder database.

Finding grants has never been easier

When it comes down to it, finding grants has never been easy… until now.

GrantFinder can’t write your application for you—that’s why we are here to help. But GrantFinder can make it a lot easier for you to find the grants that are a good fit for your department. Take advantage of their database of thousands of grants, robust search tools, and saved grant listings, all right here, at special pricing available only for First Responder Grants clients and students:

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Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP)

Plan For & Respond To Chemical Warfare Materials Incidents

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Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: This program accepts applications on an ongoing basis.

Grant Assistance Available for CSEPP State And Local Communities

The goal of the program is to assist CSEPP state and local communities in efforts to improve their capacity to plan for and respond to accidents associated with the storage and ultimate disposal of chemical warfare materials. State CSEPP sites include Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Utah, and Oregon/Washington.

What this grant does for your agency

Enhance Your Ability To Respond To The Unlikely Event Of A Chemical Agent Emergency

CSEPP communities have been nationally recognized for their ability to respond to emergencies of all kinds. Many of the lessons learned in CSEPP are used in industry, and CSEPP enjoys partnerships with other public safety organizations to ensure that the knowledge gained through prudent use of taxpayer dollars has the greatest benefit for the most people. CSEPP has provided funding and technical assistance to:

  • Improve public warning capabilities
  • Build and upgrade state-of-the-art emergency operations centers
  • Train emergency managers and first responders
  • Hold functional exercises that improve readiness
  • Increase public knowledge and understanding of protective actions
  • Over-pressurize schools to ensure the safety of children
  • Study emergency response options to determine the best way to protect communities
  • Train doctors and nurses to treat victims of chemical agent exposure

Grant Eligibility

Applications are accepted from the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The eligible states house the U.S. Army stockpiles unitary chemical warfare agent as bulk chemicals and munitions. Local governments are eligible to participate as subgrantees under their state’s application. See Grant Eligibility Criteria:


CSEPP is a partnership between FEMA and the U.S. Army that is designed to provide community education and emergency preparedness resources in the event of a chemical agent emergency.

Grant Deadline

Varies. Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Apply for the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) – PDF

Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program

OVC Antiterrorism

5 Types Of Grants For Crisis Aftermath Response

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Grant Guidelines

Grant Deadline: This program accepts applications on an ongoing basis.

Help for Communities Responding to Victims of Terrorism and Mass Violence Crimes

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is committed to promoting justice and healing for all victims of crime. As an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, OVC administers federal funds to support victim services, provides training for diverse professionals who work with victims, develops projects to enhance victims’ rights and services, and undertakes public education and advocacy activities on behalf of crime victims. OVC works with international, national, tribal, state, military, and local victim assistance and criminal justice agencies and other professional organizations to promote fundamental rights and comprehensive services for crime victims.

What this grant does for your agency

Help for the Aftermath of Crimes of Terrorism and Mass Violence

The threat of terrorism and criminal mass violence against Americans, both in the United States and abroad, has increased in recent years. Such acts leave victims with serious physical and emotional wounds and challenge government officials and communities to respond immediately with appropriate effort. Victim assistance and compensation providers face the daunting task of coordinating effective and timely responses, providing information and assistance to victims, and working closely with other agencies and victim service organizations. OVC can help. Through the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program, we are committed to providing assistance to communities reeling from terrorist attacks and other cases of mass violence.

OVC offers 5 categories of assistance to respond to terrorism and mass violence: crisis response, consequence management, criminal justice support, crime victim compensation, and training and technical assistance. Assistance in each category targets a specific phase in the aftermath of a crisis and is designed to meet the immediate and extended needs of victims and the community.

  • Crisis response grants (available up to 9 months) provide funds to help victims build adaptive capacities, decrease stressors, and reduce symptoms of trauma immediately following the terrorism or mass violence event.
  • Consequence management grants (available up to 18 months) provide supplemental funds to help victims recover from the traumatic event and to restore their sense of equilibrium.
  • Criminal justice support grants (available up to 36 months) facilitate victim participation in an investigation or prosecution directly related to the terrorist or mass violence event.
  • Crime victim compensation grants (available any time during crisis aftermath) provide supplemental funds to state crime victim compensation programs to reimburse victims for out-of-pocket expenses related to their victimization.
  • Training and technical assistance (available any time during crisis aftermath) provide tools to help federal, state, and local authorities identify victim needs and needed resources, coordinate services to victims, develop strategies for responding, and address related issues.

Grant Eligibility

Eligible applicants for funds include state victim assistance and victim compensation programs; U.S. Attorneys; Offices; victim service and nongovernmental organizations; and federal, state, and local governments. (Note: Funding is not available to foreign governments.)

If multiple requests for funding are received from a single jurisdiction, applicants must describe plans for collaboration. In addition, funded activities should be coordinated with agencies such as state emergency preparedness agencies, state mental health agencies, local chapters of the American Red Cross and the United Way, and federal and state law enforcement and prosecution personnel.

Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Programs funds may be used to provide services and assistance to:

  • Victims and surviving family members
  • Emergency response personnel
  • Nationals of the United States
  • Officers or employees of the U.S. Government, including family members and legal guardians

About The Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of these crime fighting strategies. Because most of the responsibility for crime control and prevention falls to law enforcement officers in states, cities, and neighborhoods, the federal government can be effective in these areas only to the extent that it can enter into partnerships with these officers. Therefore, OJP does not directly carry out law enforcement and justice activities. Instead, OJP works in partnership with the justice community to identify the most pressing crime-related challenges confronting the justice system and to provide information, training, coordination, and innovative strategies and approaches for addressing these challenges. Learn more about OJP

Grant Deadline

This grant program accepts applications on an ongoing basis.


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FY16 Flood Mitigation Assistance and Pre-Disaster Mitigation Subapplication Status Announced

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FY16 Grant Application Cycle Announcement

On August 30, 2016, FEMA announced the fiscal year 2016 (FY16) planning and projects “identified for further review” to potentially receive funding for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) or Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) programs. This competitive grant funding is provided to states, tribes, territories, and local governments for eligible mitigation activities to strengthen our nation’s ability to reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damage.

Since the grant application period closed in mid-June, FEMA has reviewed each submission to ensure eligibility, cost effectiveness, technical feasibility and alignment with the agency’s identified priorities to reduce the impacts of disasters. For each competitive grant, these funding priorities are listed in a Notification of Funding Opportunity at

FY16 FMA and PDM Subapplication Status

This year’s selections of subapplications identified for further review include the following:

FMA: 148 sub-applications received from 24 applicants: 8 planning, 108 projects, 8 technical assistance and 24 applicant management costs for $198 million

PDM: 336 sub-applications received from 72 applicants: 208 planning, 81 projects and 47 associated management costs for $89.5 million.

FEMA will not send initial notification letters to each applicant regarding their application status however, applicants can review the status of their subapplications on the FEMA website:

Pre-Disaster Mitigation

Flood Mitigation Assistance

FEMA will be working with applicants to conduct programmatic reviews of the selected subapplications identified for further review before making a final decision for funding. For additional information or any questions, grant applicants can contact their FEMA Regional Office.

FEMA releases new HMGP factsheet on the Additional 5 percent Initiative

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Using HMGP to enhance disaster resilience related to building codes

Download these new HMGP resources today!

The Additional 5 percent Initiative is funding that has been set aside under the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Program (HMGP) to help communities enhance disaster resilience related to building codes, such as adopting the current International Building Code® and improving a community’s Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS) score.

Additional 5 percent Initiative Fact Sheet provides Recipients and subrecipients of HMGP funds with additional information on how to implement the Additional 5 percent Initiative as changed by the Fiscal Year 2015 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance. FEMA’s intention in supporting the adoption and enforcement of building codes is to promote resilience by using disaster-resistant practices. A building is considered disaster resistant when it not only protects its occupants but can also be quickly repaired and re-occupied because damage from natural disasters is minimized.

Clarifying the Additional 5 percent Initiative Resources is a companion document to the Fact Sheet highlighting where to find more information on resilient building practices.

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Dam and flooding concerns? Your agency needs this new information from FEMA

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Now Available! NDSP Biennial Report to Congress, Fiscal Years 20142015 (FEMA P-1067)

When it comes to vying for grants, your application needs to stand out. If your agency is one of the many nationwide that has to be prepared for dam and flooding incidents, new information from FEMA is available for you. This info can help your need and application stand out from the pack.

Get the latest risk assessment for dams considered high hazards, and use this info for creating or modifying your agency’s response plans. This information from FEMA can be critical to grant applications showing this high-risk need that your agency has to be prepared for.

FEMA NDSP Biennial Report to Congress, Fiscal Years 20142015 (FEMA P-1067)

FEMA has prepared and published The National Dam Safety Program Biennial Report to the United States Congress, Fiscal Years 2014–2015 (FEMA P-1067), pursuant to the Dam Safety Program Act of 2006, which requires a biennial report to Congress on the progress that has been achieved in dam safety during the previous two fiscal years.

The National Dam Safety Program (NDSP) mission is to “reduce risks to life, property, and the environment from dam failure by guiding public policy and leveraging industry best practices across the dam safety community.” To help improve the condition and safety of the Nation’s dams, FEMA provides grants to the states to reduce the likelihood and consequences of dam failures, promote public awareness of the benefits and risks related to dams, and promote research and training for state dam safety and other professionals.

In fiscal years 2014 and 2015, NDSP was guided by the National Dam Safety Program Strategic Plan (FEMA P-916). All goals and objectives from the strategic plan have been met for the reporting period. The following is a sample list of the many reported accomplishments and improvements of NDSP:

  • For 2014, 24 states reported 90 percent or more of their state-regulated high hazard potential dams had an existing emergency action plan. In fact, many states had increases of several hundred to several thousand percent.
  • The national average for the inspection of existing state-regulated high hazard potential dams has remained relatively steady during the reporting period from 1998 to 2014, as inspection of existing dams has been a state priority. States reported completion of 98 percent of scheduled inspections for high hazard potential dams in 2014.
  • Seven federal agencies have implemented risk practices in policy and process and are using risk to make dam safety decisions.
  • Turning planning into action, a number of federal agencies reported positive accounts of dam incidents in which emergency action plans were activated and proved to be satisfactory in effectively managing the risk associated with the event.
  • To read the full report and other NDSP publications, visit the FEMA Library and National Dam Safety Program Information.

Hazard Mitigation Assistance: Where to Find General Program Information, Tools and Other Resources


FEMA’s FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs have a variety of tools to assist with general program questions and issues, to new initiatives, such as Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities and upcoming learning opportunities.

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs provide funding for eligible mitigation activities that reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages including the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA). The current version of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance and Addendum (February 27, 2015) is available in the FEMA Library.

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program Digest

The HMA Program Digest is an easy-to-read, easy-to-use, summary of the basic HMA program elements. The Digest includes program changes resulting from the publication of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance, issued February 27, 2015.

Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities and Benefit Cost Analysis Tools

FEMA has developed a Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities (CRMA) specific webpage, which includes information on published guidance, Benefit Cost-Analysis tools, webinar slide decks and other resources. The CRMA include green infrastructure methods, expanded ecosystem service benefits, and three flood reduction and drought mitigation activities: Aquifer Storage and Recovery, Floodplain and Stream Restoration, and Flood Diversion and Storage.

Upcoming Webinars on Federal Procurement Requirements

FEMA is offering a procurement webinar for HMA programs. Registration is required, and must be done in advance. Register by contacting Lilah Haxton at [email protected]. Limited spaces are available (~50/webinar).

HMA Webinar: Procurements under FEMA Awards Requirements for Recipients and Subrecipients When Procuring Services and Supplies with Funding under Stafford Act Grant Programs

Dates and Times (all times are Eastern)

  • Wednesday, August 3, 2016: 2:30–4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 18, 2016: 2:30–4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 30, 2016: 2:30–4:30 p.m.

Environmental and Historic Preservation

Unified Federal Review aims to coordinate environmental and historic preservation reviews to expedite planning and decision-making for disaster recovery projects. This can improve the federal government’s assistance to states, local and tribal governments, communities, families and individual citizens as they recover from future presidentially-declared disasters.

Other information, to include laws, guidance and relevant documents pertaining to Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation can be found on

Other Resources

In July, FEMA held a workshop with the State and Tribal Hazard Mitigation Officers. At this workshop, several federal agencies provided information on their programs that could also help support mitigation activities. Links to the programs discussed at the workshop are provided below:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Green Infrastructure Report

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development summary of Major Programs

U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Green Infrastructure website

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

Center for Disaster Philanthropy can help communities identity additional resources to complete projects.