While we wait for federal lawmakers to pass a comprehensive infrastructure package that may integrate clean energy infrastructure and a sustainable framework for climate change and resilience in the face of continued severe natural disasters, there’s another federal resource worthy of attention. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched a new program, Building Resilient Infrastructures and Communities (BRIC), which is focused on providing funding for pre-disaster mitigation planning and projects.
The purpose of BRIC is to incentivize public infrastructure projects that mitigate risks to one or more lifelines, incorporate nature-based solutions, and encourage the adoption and enforcement of modern building codes. Funding capacity is $500 million and the application opening is September 30, 2020, with a deadline of January 29, 2021. Pre-award selection notices will be issued in June 2021. While applicants must be states, territories, or tribal governments, it’s noteworthy that governments can apply for funding on behalf of individuals, businesses, and non-profits. More information about the application process is available through FEMA.