FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program, Grants

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Assistance grants to assist States, Territories, Federally-recognized tribes, and local communities in implementing a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program. Often, local communities will sponsor applications on behalf of homeowners and then submit the applications to their State. PDM grant applicants seeking preparedness money are encouraged to focus on climate change resilience. 

FEMA has recently prioritized funding the projects that incorporate "Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities" including:

  • aquifer storage and recovery,
  • floodplain and stream restoration,
  • flood diversion and storage,
  • pre- or post-wildfire mitigation activities, or
  • any mitigation action that utilizes green infrastructure approaches.

Non-flood hazard mitigation projects (e.g., seismic, wildfire, landslide and wind) and non-acquisition/elevation/mitigation reconstruction flood mitigation activities (e.g., stormwater management and flood control measures) are also encouraged. 


The goal of the PDM program is "to reduce overall risk to the population and structures from future hazard events, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding in future disasters... This program awards planning and project grants and provides opportunities for raising public awareness about reducing future losses before disaster strikes."

The Notice of Funding Opportunity for PDM is posted on Grants.gov: DHS-16-MT-047-000-99.



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Publication Date: March 15, 2016

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