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Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant

Grants to USA State, Territory, and Tribal
Governments to Improve Natural Hazard Mitigation

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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01/31/20 3:00 PM EST


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Grants to USA state, territory, and tribal governments to plan and implement natural hazard mitigation strategies. Applicants are advised to complete the required registrations at least four weeks prior to the deadline. The purpose of this program is to reduce the overall risk to individuals and property from natural hazards, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding from future disasters.

The PDM 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.

FEMA’s first priority for competitive funding after meeting the State/territory allocations and tribal set-aside is opportunities for Advance Assistance for all Applicants not to exceed $200,000 each. In addition, there will be a competitive initiative for Resilient Infrastructure projects.  These projects have a larger Federal cost share cap at $10 million and are community based. As mitigation plans are updated, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments may want to engage partners with an interest in resilient infrastructure projects to join the planning process to identify vulnerabilities and develop updated mitigation strategies. The balance of PDM funds will be distributed on a competitive basis with priority given to multi-State/tribal mitigation initiatives and eligible Applicants that have less disaster funding available through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Section 404 of the Stafford Act (42 U.S.C. 5170c), than the PDM funding limits for planning and projects (see the Program Funding Restrictions subsection under Section D of this NOFO) to complement the HMGP funds available to States, territories, and tribes following disasters. For more information on the HMGP and FMA programs, see the Related Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Programs subsection under Section H of this NOFO.  

For further details on program background and priorities, see pages 2-3 of the NOFO:

Allowable costs are:

  • Planning costs
  • Training related costs
  • Domestic travel costs
  • Construction and renovation costs 
  • Equipment costs

For a list of eligible activities, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 137194

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 400

Estimated Size of Grant:

No Applicant may receive more than 15 percent of the appropriated PDM funding, or $37,500,000, per Section 203(f)(2)(B) of the Stafford Act.

As required in Section 203(f)(2)(A) of the Stafford Act, FEMA will continue to provide grant funding allocations to each State and territory in the amount of $575,000. FEMA will also set aside $20 million for federally-recognized tribes for mitigation planning and projects.

For more details on program funding amounts, see page 12 of the NOFO document.

Term of Contract:

Projected Period of Performance Start Date: various
Projected Period of Performance End Date: 36 months
Projected Infrastructure Project Period of Performance End Date: 48 months


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

- States
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Territories
- Federally recognized Native American Tribal governments

Each State, Territory, Commonwealth, or Native American Tribal government shall designate one agency to serve as the applicant for PDM funding. Each applicant’s designated agency may submit only one PDM grant application to FEMA. Applications under which two or more entities would carry out the award are eligible, such as a multi-state or multi-tribal initiative; however, only one entity may be the applicant with primary responsibility for carrying out the award.

Local governments, including cities, townships, counties, special district governments, and Native American tribal organizations are considered subapplicants and must submit subapplications for mitigation planning and projects to their State/Territory applicant agency.

All applicants and subapplicants submitting project subapplications must have a FEMA approved Mitigation Plan by the application deadline and at the time of obligation in accordance with Title 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 201. Project applications submitted by applicants or subapplicants that do not have an approved and adopted mitigation plan as of the application deadline are ineligible.

All mitigation projects submitted as part of a PDM grant application must be consistent with the goals and objectives identified in a) the current, FEMA-approved State or Tribal (Standard or Enhanced) mitigation plan and b) the local Mitigation Plan for the jurisdiction in which the project is located. There is no mitigation plan requirement for applicants and subapplicants to submit planning subapplications for the development of a new mitigation plan or the update of a mitigation plan.

For Other Eligibility Criteria:

Unallowable costs are:

- Exercise related costs
- Operational Overtime costs

Pre-proposal Conference:

2019 NOFO Webinar Schedule for Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants

Wednesday, September 4
Time: 2 pm Eastern Time (1 pm Central, 12 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific)
Adobe Connect:
Phone: 1-800-320-4330 Code: 338559#

Tuesday, September 10
Time: 2 pm Eastern Time (1 pm Central, 12 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific)
Adobe Connect:
Phone: 1-800-320-4330 Code: 338559#

Wednesday, September 11 (interested tribal applicants)
Time: 2 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. Central, 12 p.m. Mountain, 11 a.m. Pacific)
Adobe Connect:
Phone: 1-800-320-4330 Code: 338559#

Tuesday, September 17
Time: 2 pm Eastern Time (1 pm Central, 12 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific)
Adobe Connect:
Phone: 1-800-320-4330 Code: 338559#

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Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Times:

Date Posted to 08/26/2019
Application Start Date: 9/30/2019
Application Submission Deadline: 01/31/2020 at 3:00 pm [Eastern Standard Time]
Anticipated Funding Selection Date: 06/1/2020
Anticipated Award Date: 12/30/2020

NOTE: If you are going to apply for this funding opportunity and have not obtained a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and/or are not currently registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), please take immediate action to obtain a DUNS Number, if applicable, and then to register immediately in SAM . It may take 4 weeks or more after you submit your SAM registration before your registration is active in SAM, then an additional 24 hours for to recognize your information.

To be considered timely, a PDM grant application must be submitted by the application deadline via the Mitigation eGrants system, and the Applicant must have received a confirmation message in eGrants that indicates successful PDM grant submission to FEMA.

It is recommended that applicants attach approved planning, project and management costs subgrant applications to their PDM grant applications at least 72 hours prior to the application deadline in order to allow time for the Applicant to review and correct issues that may prevent subgrant applications from being attached to a PDM grant application (see the Content and Form of Application Submission subsection below).

Applicants are advised to complete the following actions four weeks before the submission deadline:

- Obtaining Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number
- Obtaining a valid Employer Identification Number (EIN)
- Register with the System for Award Management (SAM)
- Register for access to the FEMA Grants Portal and request access to the Mitigation eGrants system

FEMA awards PDM funds to State, U.S. Territory, and Federally-recognized tribal Applicants, who in-turn provide subawards to local government Subapplicants.

Subapplicants (i.e., local governments) submit mitigation planning and project subapplications to their State during the open application cycle. After reviewing planning and project applications to determine if they meet the program’s requirements, the Applicants (i.e,. States, U.S. Territories, or Federally-recognized tribal governments) prioritize and forward the planning and project applications in a PDM grant application to FEMA. Locals should contact their State Hazard Mitigation Officer or Federally-recognized tribal/local government official to obtain detailed information on the PDM application process.

Cost share is required under this program. Federal funding is available for up to 75 percent of the eligible activity costs. The remaining 25 percent of eligible activity costs must be derived from non-Federal sources. For details and exceptions for small, impoverished communities, insular areas, and Tribal governments, see:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Contact information for the State Hazard Mitigation Officers (SHMOs) is provided on the FEMA website:

The HMA Helpline is available by telephone 1-866-222-3580 or email

Mitigation eGrants System Helpdesk:

Kayed Lakhia
Director, Hazard Mitigation Assistance Division, Mitigation Directorate
Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration
Federal Emergency Management Agency
400 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20472
FAX: (202) 646-2880

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