Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
Board of Supervisors Agenda Item for February 2, 2018
FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds projects that reduce the effects of future natural disasters. In California, these funds are administered by the Cal OES HMGP Unit. The funding is based on the total cost of the Northern California wildfire disaster and is open and competitive statewide. Projects can be designed to mitigate impacts of any potential disaster, and are not limited to wildfires. Eligible applicants include state agencies, local governments, special districts, and some private non-profits.
“Notices of Interest” (NOI) for the HMGP related to the October fires were due on January 30. The County, along with the Sonoma County Water Agency, the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, and the Community Development Commission submitted a total of 39 NOIs for projects. The Cal OES will determine eligibility of these projects, and a full application for projects deemed eligible must be submitted by July 1, 2018.
The HMGP is one of many recovery efforts being pursued by the County of Sonoma.