Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant Program

NCEM is now seeking funding requests for infrastructure projects from local governments for several upcoming funding rounds through FEMA. Cities, townships, counties and tribal entities are encouraged to submit their letters of intent using the EMGrants portal no later than October 1, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Please see our helpful EMGrants Letter of Interest (LOI) Technical Tutorial.

One of the funding sources currently available is the BRIC 2021 National Competition:

The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Program, is funded by FEMA and administered through a partnership with the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management (NCEM). NCEM has the authority and responsibility for developing and maintaining a State Standard Hazard Mitigation Plan, reviewing the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Program sub-applications, recommending technically feasible and cost effective sub-applications to FEMA and providing pass-thru funding for FEMA-approved and awarded project grants to eligible sub-applicants.

Funding for this program has doubled to $1B since last year. Last year, of the 22 projects selected competitively, five were from North Carolina.

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Key Dates for BRIC 2021

  • Oct 1: LOI Due 
  • Oct 11:  Screening Panel  
  • Oct 15:  Invitation to Apply 
  • Oct 18-Nov 19: BCA Technical Assistance 
  • Nov 24:  Sub-Application Due 
  • Dec 1: NCDPS Prioritization Panel 
  • Dec 6-7: Sub-Applicant Meetings 
  • Jan 7: Final Application Due 
  • Jan 28: State Application Submitted 

2021 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Grant Application Resources

Eligible Subapplicants are:

  1. State Agencies
  2. Federally-Recognized Tribes
  3. Local Governments/Communities
  4. Federally-recognized Native American Tribal Governments

Local governments/communities may include non-federally recognized tribes, or consistent with definition of local government at 44 CFR 201.2, may include any Indian tribe or authorized tribal organization, or Alaska Native village or organization that is not federally recognized per 25 U.S.C. 479a et seq.

Eligible Project Activities

The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program aims to categorically shift the federal focus away from reactive disaster spending and toward research-supported, proactive investment in community resilience. FEMA anticipates BRIC funding projects that demonstrate innovative approaches to partnerships, such as shared funding mechanisms, and/or project design. For example, an innovative project may bring multiple funding sources or in-kind resources from a range of private and public sector stakeholders or offer multiple benefits to a community in addition to the benefit of risk reduction.
Through BRIC, FEMA will continue to invest in a variety of mitigation activities with an added focus on infrastructure projects and Community Lifelines.

Letter of Interest Instructions:

In your letter of intent, please answer the following questions in the appropriate text field. You may include attachments (maximum of 5) that support the proposed project, such as maps, plans, photos and studies. This must be submitted in EMGrants by 5:00 p.m on October 1, 2021.

  • Need Statement - Please offer a brief description of the problem that the project is expected to solve/mitigate.
  • Project Briefing – Please provide a summary of the work that is proposed. If your proposal is for a plan or other capability & capacity building (C&CB) activity, please describe the purpose of that plan or activity.`
  • Partners – What partners have been engaged or will be engaged in the implementation of the proposed project. These partners do not necessarily have to contribute financially to the cost-share. 
  • Lifelines – Which of FEMA’s Community Lifelines do you expect to benefit with this project. Include one or more and offer a couple of sentences that describe the project’s service to those lifelines.
  • BCEGS Rating – Does your community have a Building Code Effectiveness Rating Schedule score of 1 to 5? If not, are you making steps to obtain a BCEGS Grading?
  • Nature Based Solutions – Describe how the project intends to include nature-based solutions or considerations in the scope of work.
  • Future Conditions – Briefly discuss how the proposed project/plan is being responsive to the effects of climate change and/or other future conditions.
  • Population Impacted – What is the proportion of your community’s population that will be impacted by the project? Are any disadvantaged communities benefited by this effort?
    • NFIP (for FMA Projects) – Describe how the proposed project is tied to reducing or eliminating the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

BRIC Funding

As appropriated by the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2019 (Pub. L. No. 116-6); Section 203(i) of the Stafford Act, as amended (Pub. L. No. 93-288) (42 U.S.C. § 5133), the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant Program provides resources to assist states, tribal governments, territories and local communities in their efforts to implement a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program, as authorized by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended (Pub. L. No. 93-288) (42 U.S.C. § 5133) as implemented by Hazard Mitigation Assistance: Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (FP:104-008-05).

Applicants and Subapplicants must have a FEMA approved mitigation plan as of the application deadline in order to apply for mitigation projects in accordance with Title 44 CFR Part 201.

  • BRIC projects must be cost-effective, technically feasible, effective, and consistent with the goals of applicable FEMA-approved State and local multi-hazard mitigation plans.
  • Eligible subapplications are awarded on a nationally competitive basis.
  • Federal funding is available for up to 75 percent of the eligible activity cost.
  • Economically disadvanataged rural communities may be eligible for up to a 90 percent federal cost share.
  • BRIC Funding will align with the administration's JUSTICE40 Initiatibe - to deliver at least 40 percent of the overall benefits from federal investments in climate and clean energy to disadvantaged communities.

Benefit Cost Analysis

The traditional FEMA-approved software-based BCA Flood Modules to determine the cost effectiveness of a project must be used. Subapplicants must use a FEMA approved methodology to perform a BCA. Only project subapplications that demonstrate cost-effectiveness through a benefit cost ratio of 1.0 or greater will be considered. The BCA must be attached to the subapplicant's application. The FEMA approved BCA Toolkit, which includes the Flood Modules, may be downloaded at no cost at https://www.fema.gov/benefit-cost-analysis. The BCA Helpline may be contacted by telephone at (866) 222-3580 or via e-mail at bchelpline@dhs.gov.

Resources

FEMA has developed resources to assist subapplicants with project and planning subapplications. The resources can be found on the HMA Application Development and Process web page.

Publications and tools for the BRIC program can be found in the links below:

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) 2021 Funding

The October 1, 2021 Letter of Intent deadline also applies for potential subapplicants for the $160M available under the FMA NOFO. This program is similar to BRIC except it is tied to reducing or eliminating the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Unlike BRIC, this program can include individual property elevations and acquisitions as long as they are NFIP-insured at the time of the application and at the time of the award announcement.

More information and support materials for the FMA opportunity can be found at Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant | FEMA.gov. Final deadline for FMA2021 sub-applications is January 7, 2022. 

Contact:

NC Department of Public Safety
Division of Emergency Management, Hazard Mitigation
200 Park Offices Drive, Durham, NC 27713 (Physical Address)
5901 Mail Service Center, Courier #17-80-04, Raleigh NC 27699-5901

Kaine Riggan
Grants Development Specialist
Office: 919-873-5854
Kaine.Riggan@ncdps.gov