Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant Program

BRIC project map

FY2020 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Application Cycle is closed, but now is the time to prepare for 2021!

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.

2020 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.

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.
  • Small, impoverished communities may be eligible for up to a 90 percent federal cost share.

BRIC grant timeline

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:

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