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The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is announcing the opening of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) made available by the Presidential Disaster Declaration for the Valley and Butte Fires (DR-4240). This program provides funding for the implementation of hazard mitigation project activities using grant funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA’s HMGP provides up to 75 percent federal share toward the total eligible activity cost. For DR-4240, the federal share may not exceed $3,000,000.

Eligible subaward applicants are required to submit a Notice of Interest (NOI) to participate in the HMGP. Eligible subaward applicants include State agencies, local governments, special districts, public colleges and universities, and private non-profit organizations as defined in Title 44 of the Code of Federal Regulations (44 CFR), Section 206.434(a). NOIs will be accepted from eligible subaward applicants statewide, pursuant to 44 CFR, Section 206.433(b).

The NOI can be found at http://www.caloes.ca.gov/cal-oes-divisions/recovery/disaster-mitigation-technical-support/404-hazard-mitigation-grant-program. NOIs must be submitted electronically. Each question must be answered in the space provided and following the instructions provided on Cal OES’ website. Do not send any additional documents, they will not be considered during the NOI eligibility determination process.

Only NOIs received between December 30, 2015, and midnight on January 29, 2016, will be considered for this funding opportunity. NOIs received after midnight January 29, 2016, will not be accepted.

NOIs will be reviewed by Cal OES for eligibility. Eligible projects must meet the criteria specified in FEMA’s 2013 Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) guidance. The HMA guidance is available at https://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance-program-guidance and provides information on applicant and activity eligibility as well as other requirements including performance period, funding limits, cost effectiveness, environmental review, and documentation minimums. Please review eligibility requirements before submitting an NOI.

Eligible subaward applicants submitting eligible NOIs will be notified and allowed to submit an HMGP application for DR-4240 funding consideration. The HMGP application process is highly competitive. Selection for application submission is not a guarantee of funding.

Please direct any questions regarding completion of the NOI to HMGP@caloes.ca.gov.