Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program helps property owners relocate, have homes elevated, or have homes rebuilt to code with an elevated foundation. The grant program is now available in New Hanover County due to Hurricane Florence.

New Hanover County is facilitating the homeowner application process to the State of North Carolina and FEMA.

Homeowners can apply for the following Hazard Mitigation Programs

  • Property Acquisition (Applications for Expedited Projects open through Dec. 13)
  • Elevation
  • Mitigation Reconstruction

To be eligible to participate in any of these programs, property owners need to fill out the Project Grant Application, and submit it to the Hurricane Florence Recovery Coordination Office at the Northeast Library, located at 1241 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington, NC, 28405, or email them to HurricaneRecovery@NHCgov.com.

It is important to understand that applying for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program does not guarantee approval by the State and FEMA.

Information Meeting

An information meeting  will be held Wednesday, December 5, at the Northeast Library from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Those interested can drop-in to ask questions, pick up application documents and get assistance filling out the application on site.

 

Disaster Related Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs

The acquisition, or buyout of a home uses FEMA funds to purchase the structure and land from a willing homeowner. The homeowner is offered a pre-disaster fair market value as determined by a certified appraiser, and the home is then demolished and the land is deeded to local government with an open space restriction. View the Property Acquisition Fact Sheet.

New Hanover County is facilitating the application process and will submit resident applications to the State of North Carolina and FEMA. It’s important to understand that applying for acquisition does not guarantee approval by the State and FEMA.

Who is eligible to apply?

Property Acquisitions can occur in two phases, the first being for “expedited properties,” which are properties that:

Applications for expedited properties should be submitted no later than December 13.

The second phase of Property Acquisitions is for properties that:

Applications for non-expedited properties should be submitted no later than February 7.

How to apply?

Complete the Project Grant Application and submit it to the Hurricane Florence Recovery Coordination Office at the Northeast Library, located at 1241 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington, NC, 28405, or email them to HurricaneRecovery@NHCgov.com.

For more assistance

To pick up an application or for assistance with applying, residents can visit the Hurricane Florence Recovery Coordination office Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

An Information Meeting  will be held Wednesday, December 5, at the Northeast Library from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Those interested can drop-in to ask questions, pick up application documents and get assistance filling out the application on site.

Visit FEMA’s webpage to learn more about the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program 

 

Elevating a home is the physical raising of an existing structure to an elevation at the Base Flood Elevation or higher if required by FEMA or the local ordinance. The project pays for engineering to determine if the home is feasible to raise, then elevates and retrofits the foundation. View the Elevation Fact Sheet.

How to apply?

Complete the Project Grant Application and submit it to the Hurricane Florence Recovery Coordination Office at the Northeast Library, located at 1241 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington, NC, 28405, or email them to HurricaneRecovery@NHCgov.com.

For more assistance

To pick up an application or for assistance with applying, residents can visit the Hurricane Florence Recovery Coordination office Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit FEMA’s webpage to learn more about the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program 

Mitigation Reconstruction is the construction of an improved, code-compliant, elevated home on the same site where the existing home has been partially or completely demolished or destroyed. This option is available to those with existing homes that are not feasible for elevation because of deferred maintenance or storm damage to the foundation, flooring or stabilizing walls of the home. View the Mitigation Reconstruction Fact Sheet.

How to apply?

Complete the Project Grant Application and submit it to the Hurricane Florence Recovery Coordination Office at the Northeast Library, located at 1241 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington, NC, 28405, or email them to HurricaneRecovery@NHCgov.com.

For more assistance

To pick up an application or for assistance with applying, residents can visit the Hurricane Florence Recovery Coordination office Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit FEMA’s webpage to learn more about the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program 

Annual Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs

In addition to disaster-related grant programs, FEMA also offers annual grant programs for Pre-Disaster Mitigation and Flood Mitigation Assistance. These programs help property owners and community groups, like neighborhood associations, execute community flood and damage mitigation projects. This year’s local deadline for these annual programs is December 19.

Pre-Disaster Mitigation projects might include non-flood project types like wind retrofits, stand-along generators, stormwater management, Floodplain and Stream Restoration and other projects that increase resilience and reduce long-term risk to life and property.

Flood Mitigation Assistance projects may include large-scale community based approaches that reduce the drain on the National Flood Insurance Program insured properties, with a strong emphasis on Severe Repetitive Loss and Repetitive Loss properties.

How to apply?

  • Contact the Hurricane Florence Recovery Coordination Office at 910-798-7007.
  • Complete the Project Grant Application and submit it to the Hurricane Florence Recovery Coordination Office at the Northeast Library, located at 1241 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington, NC, 28405, or email them to HurricaneRecovery@NHCgov.com.