Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities

Authorized by Section 203 of the Stafford Act, the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) fund was created to support states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards.

The BRIC program makes federal funds available to states, U.S territories, federally recognized tribal governments, and local communities for hazard mitigation activities. It does so with a recognition of the growing hazards associated with climate change, and of the need for natural hazard risk mitigation activities that promote climate adaptation and resilience with respect to those hazards. These include both acute extreme weather events and chronic stressors which have been observed and are expected to increase in the future.

BRIC Notice of Funding Opportunity & Fact Sheet

The BRIC Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and BRIC Fact Sheet provide additional program information, applicant eligibility criteria, and grant award terms for BRIC funding applicants.

BRIC Notice of Interest (NOI) and Subapplication Due Dates

September 16, 2022: Notice of Interest (NOI) due to Cal OES (submitted via Cal OES Engage Portal)

December 2, 2022: Subapplication due to Cal OES (submitted via FEMA GO)

Prepare California Match – BRIC Funding Opportunity

Cal OES is pleased to announce a funding opportunity under the Prepare California Initiative. Cal OES will offer matching funds for the non-federal cost share for Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) project scoping activities and competitive mitigation projects for high hazard risk and socially vulnerable communities.

Please visit the Prepare California Website for more information.

 

Join the Hazard Mitigation distribution list to receive updates, webinar notifications, and other mitigation news.

Upcoming Webinars

September 9, 2022 – BRIC and FMA Notice of Interest (NOI) Webinar

The Cal OES Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Team will be presenting a webinar titled, BRIC and FMA Notice of Interest (NOI) Webinar. The webinar will assist subapplicants to draft and submit a NOI though the Cal OES community portal. A NOI is a necessary precursor in the BRIC and FMA subapplication process.

During the webinar, the following items will be covered:
• Eligibility
• BRIC and FMA timeline
• Main components of the Cal OES NOI
• Differences between the BRIC and FMA NOI
• Next steps
• Q and A

The webinar will be held on Friday, September 9th, 2022 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM PDT. The webinar will be conducted via Microsoft Teams. To join the webinar, please click on the link above.

September 12, 2022 – Webinar for Drought Projects

The Cal OES Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Team will be presenting a webinar to discuss drought projects. This webinar will provide high-level information regarding the eligibility, feasibility, and BCA process so subapplicants may evaluate the potential projects for funding. During the webinar, the following items will be covered:

• Overview of BRIC funding
• Project eligibility, feasibility, and competitiveness considerations
• Drought project types
• Drought case studies
• FEMA Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA)

The webinar will be held on September 12th, 2022 from1:00 PM to 2:00 PM PDT. The webinar will be conducted via Microsoft Teams. To join the webinar, please click on the link above.

September 14, 2022 – BRIC & FMA NOI Office Hours

The Cal OES Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Team will be presenting a webinar for BRIC / FMA NOI Office Hours. This webinar will provide an opportunity for BRIC / FMA subapplicants to ask questions before finalizing Notice of Interest submissions.
During the webinar, the following items will be covered:

• Project and subapplicant eligibility and competitiveness considerations
• Completing the Notice of Interest in the Cal OES Engage Portal
• Notice of Interest best practices and a Q and A

The webinar will be held on September 14th, 2022 from 11:00 PM to 12:00 PM PDT. The webinar will be conducted via Microsoft Teams. To join the webinar, please click on the link above.

Previous Webinars

August 10, 2022

BRIC 2021 Lessons Learned

August 24, 2022

BRIC Notice of Funding Opportunity Webinar

August 29, 2022

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC): Funding Opportunities for Nature-Based Solutions 

August 31, 2022

BRIC and FMA NOI 2022

September 9, 2022

BRIC and FMA NOI 2022

September 12, 2022

BRIC Webinar – Drought Mitigation

BRIC Subapplication Process

You must submit a Notice of Interest (NOI) to Cal OES to be eligible. Approved NOIs will result in an invitation to submit a full BRIC or FMA subapplication via FEMA’s web-based FEMA GO system.

Unfortunately, we cannot approve time extensions for the NOI due date or the subapplication date. We know many jurisdictions are impacted by recent and ongoing fires, which may prevent participation at this time, but the timeline for this FEMA program is unyielding. If you are unable to submit an NOI for BRIC or FMA, please watch for upcoming funding opportunities in the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program (HMGP).

Completing your Notice of Interest (NOI)

Access the Engage CalOES Portal to log-in and complete your Notice of Interest. You will need to create an account if you do not already have one.

Please utilize the NOI User Guide for help creating an account and for a preview of the NOI questions. If you are in need of technical assistance, please send an email to HMA@caloes.ca.gov.

Accessing FEMA Grants Outcome (FEMA GO) for Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants

Access the FEMA GO  grants management system to apply for the Building Resilient Infrastructures and Communities (BRIC) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) annual competitive programs.

FEMA GO will replace the legacy Mitigation eGrants, which will remain online to manage fiscal year 2019 and prior year grants. General questions about the BRIC and FMA grant programs can be directed to the appropriate State Hazard Mitigation Officer (SHMO), or you can contact your FEMA Regional Office.