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Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program

FY2019 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Assistance Application Cycle Opens September 30, 2019!

The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program, is funded by FEMA and administered through a partnership with the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM). FDEM has the authority and responsibility for developing and maintaining a State Standard Hazard Mitigation Plan, reviewing the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Assistance Program subapplications, recommending technically feasible and cost effective subapplications to FEMA and providing pass-thru funding for FEMA approved and awarded project grants to eligible subapplicants.

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:

Eligible mitigation projects include:

  • Property Acquisition and Structure Demolition or Relocation
  • Structure Elevation
  • Mitigation Reconstruction
  • Dry Floodproofing
  • Generators
  • Localized/Non-localized Flood Control Projects
  • Structural Retrofitting and Non-structural Retrofitting of Existing Buildings and Facilities
  • Construction of safe rooms
  • Wind Retrofitting for Family Residences
  • Infrastructure Retrofit
  • Soil Stabilization
  • Wildfire Mitigation
  • Resilient Infrastructure
  • Advance Assistance
  • Hazard Mitigation Planning

As appropriated by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) 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, Public Law 93-288, as amended (42 U.S.C. 5133).

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.

  • PDM 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.

  • The maximum federal share for mitigation projects cannot exceed $4 million.

  • The maximum federal share for mitigation planning cannot exceed $400,000 for new mitigation plans; $300,000 for state/territory and multi-jurisdictional local/tribal mitigation plan updates and $150,000 for single jurisdictional local/tribal mitigation plan updates.

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 The BCA Helpline may be contacted by telephone (866.222.3580) or via e-mail (

State of Florida
Division of Emergency Management
Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program
2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2100

(850) 815-4532

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