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2017 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant

Click here to access FEMA Fact Sheet from Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that the 2017 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant application period will officially open on August 14, 2017. The PDM Program is authorized under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to provide financial assistance to implement mitigation measures to reduce adverse impacts of natural hazards on the local community. The funding is distributed on a nationally competitive basis and is subject to a 75% federal/25% non-federal cost share. Sub-applicants are responsible for the 25% non-federal share. Attached is the FEMA Fact Sheet for FY 2017 PDM as a reference to assist you in submitting a grant.

Eligible applicants for the PDM program are state, local, and tribal governments.  Local governments include county and municipal governments, as well as special purpose districts.  All applicants must have a FEMA approved hazard mitigation plan that has been updated within the last five years.  Eligible activities under PDM FY 2017 include mitigation projects and mitigation plans.  Private citizens and non-profit organizations are not eligible to apply directly for funding, but as an eligible entity you may apply on their behalf. All mitigation projects must pass a Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) to be eligible for funding. FEMA released the latest version of the BCA Toolkit Version 5.3.0 in January 2017. This version 5.3.0 is the only allowable version of the BCA Tool.

To allow for a thorough State review to be completed, the deadline to submit a sub-application to South Carolina Emergency Management Division is September 30, 2017.  All applications must be submitted under FEMA’s eGrants electronic application system.  Attached is a PDF document providing instructions on how to gain access to eGrants. If you are a previous user of eGrants you do not need to create a new account. I am also attaching the 2015 FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Guidance for you to reference. The guidance explains the grant application process, eligibility, specific project type requirements, and all federal regulations. FEMA’s website also has a variety of helpful resources for the PDM program, as well as their priorities for funding FY 2017 sub-applications.

If you have any questions or need technical assistance, please contact Charlotte Foster at (803) 737-8592 or If you plan to submit an application for PDM FY 2017, please let us know as soon as possible.


Thank You,

Allen Fountain

State Hazard Mitigation Officer

SC Emergency Management Division

2779 Fish Hatchery Road

West Columbia, SC 29172

(803) 413-5242

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