The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities grant program, also known as BRIC, aims to reduce risks of natural hazards and disasters. Operated by FEMA, the BRIC grant program provides funding for various pre-disaster mitigation projects across the U.S.
Haven’t heard of BRIC?
That’s likely because this is a new pre-disaster program with the application period opening on September 30, 2020.
BRIC was developed on guiding principles, according to FEMA:
- Support community capability and capacity building
- Encourage and enable innovation
- Promote partnerships
- Enable large infrastructure projects
- Maintain flexibility
- Provide consistency
These guiding principles have one goal in mind: supporting communities with pre-disaster hazard mitigation.
The BRIC program also focuses on being proactive versus reactive to natural disasters. Rather than focus on how to manage and rebuild after a disaster hits, BRIC focuses on preparing for these natural disasters, such as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and more.
As the name states, BRIC’s overall goal is building resistant infrastructure and communities.
While every community should, and may be required, to have a hazard mitigation plan, there are specific requirements for the BRIC program itself.
BRIC funds are available through an application process for projects on state, federal, and/or tribal-owned property. Eligible applicants include all U.S. states and territories, Washington D.C., and federally-recognized Indian Tribal Governments. Eligible sub applicants include local governments, state agencies, and tribal agencies.
There are additional factors that make a project more likely to gain BRIC funding, including innovative partnerships, high-impact mitigation solutions, and additional community benefits beyond risk reduction.
FEMA also gives special consideration to infrastructure projects and Community Lifelines. According to FEMA, Community Lifelines “enables the continuous operation of critical government and business functions and is essential to human health and safety or economic security.” Read more about Community Lifelines and download the Community Lifelines Toolkit on FEMA’s website.
GET READY FOR BRIC
Think you may have an eligible project? The BRIC application period opens soon! Some states require a simple pre-application to qualify and deadlines are nearing. (Ohio’s BRIC pre-application is due September 11!)
Check out these resources for additional info:
Don’t become like the flooded community pictured above! We’re helping several communities with pre-applications and upcoming BRIC applications. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss if BRIC is the right solution for you.