Funding is available both to help reduce your risk of damage and to recover from disasters. Communities may want to work with a planner from the Regional Planning Commission to help identify and secure funds for planning, mitigation, restoration, and recovery.
Links to sections below:
Video: Homeowner Buyouts and Elevating Homes
Zoning Administrators Michelle Braun in Northfield, and Clare Rock in Richmond, discuss how they used FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance funds to elevate or acquire and remove structures in the Special Flood Hazard Area. This 6 minute video was produced by Riverbank Media for the Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC).
Every grant source has specific criteria, but whatever you are pursuing be sure that it aligns with your community’s goals and plans. Identify all the reasons to do (and potentially fund) what’s needed.
Has your community planned ahead? Get an Expanded Community Report.
Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (DWSRF) - provides low cost loan financing to municipal and privately owned public water systems for capital improvements that improve public health protection and facilitate compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) provides loans for Climate Readiness as it pertains to wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. This can include planning, design, and construction to mitigate effects from flooding (in advance of the event).
The EPA has developed a Climate Ready Water Utilities Tool that is helpful for all types of water utilities.
- Town Highway Bridge Program
- Town Highway Structures and Class 2 Roadway Programs
- State Aid for Town Highways
- Town Highway Disaster Assistance
- Equipment Loans
Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions - "Tiny Grant" Program
Important Opportunity: FEMA Hazard Mitigation Funds
Under a recent change in policy FEMA will now accept proposals for acquisition or elevation of structures in the Special Flood Hazard Area without a past history of damage.
FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance Grants (FMA)
FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program Digest (May 2014)
FEMA FY 2014 Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants (HMA)
Environmental Protection Agency: Grants and Other Funding Opportunities
Vermont Fish and Wildlife - Community Wildlife Program
US Fish and Wildlife Service Grants-At-A-Glance
National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program
USDA Rural Development - Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program
Several sources of funding may become available after a disaster. The most important support is Public Assistance (PA) funding administered by FEMA after a federally-declared disaster. PA funding will cover 75% of qualified damage to public assets such as roads and culverts. The Vermont Emergency Relief and Assistance Fund (ERAF) supplements the federal funds. For disasters after October 23, 2014, the State of Vermont will contribute an additional 7.5% toward the costs. For communities that take specific steps to reduce flood damage the State will contribute 12.5% or 17.5% of the total cost.
Current Federal Disaster Declarations
(Identify if Public or Individual Assistance is available)
Federal Disaster Process & Disaster Aid Programs
Federal Public Assistance – (FEMA PA)
Vermont Emergency Relief and Assistance Fund (ERAF)
Federal Individual and Households Assistance – (FEMA IHA)
Vermont - FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants Program (HMGP)
Flood Smart www.floodsmart.gov FEMA flood insurance information
Increased Cost of Compliance Coverage (ICC) NFIP
Craft Emergency Relief Fund / Artists Emergency Resources (CERF)
Property And Casualty Intermunicipal Fund (PACIF) VLCT