President Joe Biden announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program will double its funding from $500 million to $1 billion for the 2022 application window. This provides a major opportunity for flood control and water-related infrastructure projects to access grant funding.
The BRIC program provides 75% cost-share grants for projects that will improve community resiliency and reduce future damages from natural hazards such as flood, drought, and severe storms. This program will fund a variety of mitigation project types, but FEMA has started to put more of an emphasis on infrastructure improvements.
Each State submits a single application to FEMA that contains multiple “sub-applications” from individual communities. Each State agency typically sets their own deadline so they can review applications prior to submitting to FEMA. In the past, the Federal deadline has been in January, with many of the State deadlines in December. The 2022 notice of funding opportunity has not been released yet, but the official application deadline will be announced in an upcoming edition of The Source newsletter.
If you have any questions about FEMA’s BRIC program or you would like to discuss whether a project might qualify, reach out to Abby Ritz, AE2S Nexus Funding Programs Specialist.