Skip to main content

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

Letter of Intent Registration Period Closed
FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR: ---Communities to Develop and Update Hazard Mitigation Plans

---Communities and Certain Private Non-Profits to Carry Out Hazard Mitigation Projects

DATE ANNOUNCED: Monday, June 10, 2013 (Extended on July 2, 2013)
LETTERS OF INTENT DUE: Thursday, August 1, 2013 by 11:59 pm (see details below)

Please note: The deadline for Letters of Intent (LOIs) has been extended to August 1, 2013, at 11:59 pm, to allow participation by communities still responding to recent severe flooding events across the State.

Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and Superstorm Sandy inflicted unprecedented damage in many areas of New York State. In response to that devastation, the State has committed to assist local governments, non-profit organizations, and the private sector rebuild stronger, more sustainable communities. These efforts are aimed at increasing the State’s resiliency, mitigating the risks of loss and damage associated with future disasters, and reducing hardship.

The New York State Office of Emergency Management (State OEM) is pleased to announce the availability of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds associated with Presidential Disaster Declaration DR-4085: New York Hurricane Sandy (“Superstorm Sandy”) declared October 30, 2012.

This grant program provides the opportunity to invigorate New York’s economy, encourage innovation, improve technology, and increase the quality of life for New Yorkers while developing a more crisis-ready New York State. To move these initiatives forward, the State will make the HMGP available statewide and across a range of sectors, giving preference to proposals that:

  • Are in a county declared in Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee or Superstorm Sandy.
  • Ensure continuity of critical services by reducing the risk of damage and loss of function from flooding and other hazards (including storm surge) at government, private non-profit, and private sector facilities.
  • Protect and enhance the reliability and resilience of transportation, communications or energy infrastructure through traditional or innovative mitigation measures: for example, by burying vulnerable power lines or installing outage management systems; storm-proofing vulnerable cell towers with back-up power systems to ensure uninterrupted communications in emergencies; protecting rail or road corridors against flooding; or mitigating scour-critical bridges or culverts..
  • Provide green, natural or innovative technological solutions to long-term threats: for example, by constructing or reinforcing natural barriers to protect coastal communities; implementing new technologies to minimize damage to facilities in floodplains; or purchasing and modifying land to provide buffer zones to protect communities and their infrastructure..
  • Implement permanent back-up power systems to ensure continuity of power during and after a disaster: for example, by installing combined heat and power (CHP) systems in a critical facility serving vulnerable populations; or wiring for generators to ensure capacity to maintain power during and after such a disaster.
  • Implement the eligible mitigation recommendations the NYS Ready, the NYS Respond, and the NYS 2100 Commissions (see, or those identified by a county’s assessment of its emergency response capacity.
  • Enhance the ability of the State and/or local governments to monitor rain, streams and/or tides, to provide advance flood warnings and evacuation notices, or to provide other situational awareness during a disaster: for example, by installing stream/water level monitoring system to provide evacuation alerts..
  • Provide training for local floodplain administrators and code officials to perform post-storm inspections required under local law and State Code to speed recovery.
  • Realize permanent flood mitigation solutions: Removing structures from a floodplain, or relocating them to higher ground. (This includes the acquisition of homes damaged after June 30, 2012 that do not qualify for existing NYS or NYC housing recovery programs for survivors of Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.)


Interested eligible sub-applicants must use the Letters of Intent (LOIs) available online to register for this grant cycle. 

LOIs for all HMGP-4085 activities are due Thursday, August 1, 2013 by 11:59 pm..

Please note:  An LOI is not an application, nor is it a guarantee of funding.  Submitted LOIs will be used to establish an organization’s interest and to assist in identifying projects that may be funded under HMGP.  Applicants who do not submit an LOI by the due date cannot move to the application development phase.  State OEM will work with all eligible sub-applicants who submit timely LOIs for eligible activities to develop viable, cost-effective applications that can be submitted to FEMA for review and approval. 

While every attempt will be made to accommodate communities still recovering from these events, eligible sub-applicants are encouraged to submit LOIs early and well before the deadline.

State OEM may also make available funds for State agencies and authorities to implement mitigation measures, including those identified in the “New York State Standard Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan” or in the reports and findings of the NYS Ready Commission, the NYS Respond Commission, and the NYS 2100 Commission.

Please note:  Other priorities and programs may be announced in future grant rounds.  Check often at and

If you have questions or need further information, please telephone 1-855-NYS-SANDY (855-697-7263) or visit .