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Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) – Section 404

As the result of a Presidential Disaster Declaration, FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds plans and projects that reduce the effects of future natural disasters. In California, these funds are administered by the Cal OES Hazard Mitigation Branch. Eligible subapplicants include state agencies, local governments, special districts, and some private non-profits. To learn more about the HMGP, visit: FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance.

The HMGP funding opportunities provide support for communities to implement mitigation activities to reduce risk to life and property from natural hazards. In California, natural hazards include wildfire, earthquake, drought, extreme weather, flooding, and other natural hazards as defined in the State Hazard Mitigation Plan. HMGP funding can also support the development of Local Hazard Mitigation Plans (LHMP), and project scoping activities referred to as Advanced Assistance.

HMGP Funding Opportunities

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is pleased to announce an update to the 2024 funding opportunity for FEMA’s HMGP.

DR 4758 California Severe Storm and Flooding 

DR 4769 California Severe Winter Storms, Tornados, Flooding, Landslides and Mudslides

The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for both DR-4758 and DR-4769, which were declared on February 19th and April 13th 2024, respectively. 

DR 4750 Hurricane Hillary

The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for DR-4750, January 19, 2024.

Timeline for 4750 Funding Opportunity

January 19, 2024 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Released
February 16, 2024 NOI submission due to Cal OES
March 11, 2024 Subapplication Open via Cal OES Engage Portal
March 12, 2024 Advance Assistance
March 19, 2024 Drainage / Flood control (Programmatic and BCA)
March 26, 2024 Utility and Infrastructure (Programmatic and BCA)
April 2, 2024 Seismic (Programmatic and BCA)
April 9, 2024 Management Costs: 1:00-2:00 pm PST  Register Here
April 16, 2024 Generators (Programmatic and BCA): 1:00-2:30 pm PST  Register Here
April 24, 2024 Wildfire (programmatic and BCA): 1:00-2:30 pm PST  Register Here
April 30, 2024 Subapplication Development: 1:00-2:00 pm PST  Register Here
May 7, 2024 Office Hours #1: 1:00-2:00 pm PST  Register Here
May 21, 2024 Office Hours #2: 1:00-2:00 pm PST  Register Here
June 4, 2024 Office Hours #3: 1:00-2:00 pm PST  Register Here
June 10, 2024 Subapplication due to Cal OES via Engage Portal

California mitigation and resilience funding can be grouped as follows:


    • DR-4683 – 2022-2023 Early Winter Storms
    • DR-4699 – California Severe Winter Storms, Straight-line Winds, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides
    • DR-4750 – California Hurricane Hilary
    • DR-4758 – California Severe Storm and Flooding

PrepareCA Match – Provided up to $48 million in state funding to cover the non-federal (local) cost share for up to $144 million of federal funding for FEMA HMGP activities and projects benefiting eligible socially vulnerable and high hazard risk communities.

PrepareCA JumpStart – Provided $15 million in total state funding dedicated to help jumpstart eligible socially vulnerable and high hazard risk communities in their development and implementation of resilience planning and activities. Cal OES is not currently accepting applications for PrepareCA Jumpstart.

Application Process

HMGP Submission Process

Subapplicants interested in HMGP must submit a Notice of Interest (NOI) via the Cal OES Engage portal prior to submitting a subapplication. All NOIs must be submitted by the posted deadline. NOIs submitted after this date will be considered for the next available funding opportunity.

Cal OES will review NOIs for eligibility and then invite subapplicants with eligible projects to submit full grant subapplications, via the Cal OES Engage portal. Cal OES will review all subapplications and submit projects to FEMA in accordance with the State’s priorities. Cal OES will retain eligible subapplications that are not initially selected for submission to FEMA for future consideration when funding becomes available. FEMA will then review the submitted applications for programmatic and environmental and historic preservation (EHP) compliance prior to obligating funds.


 Eligible Subapplicants 

  • State Agencies (Not eligible for PrepareCA Jumpstart) – Activities must be consistent with the State Hazard Mitigation Plan.
  • Federally Recognized Tribes – Subapplicants must have a FEMA-approved tribal hazard mitigation plan in order to be eligible.
  • Local Governments/Communities/Special Districts – Subapplicants must have a FEMA-approved Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) in order to be eligible.
  • Private non-profit Organizations – Private non-profit Organizations are not required to have an LHMP, but the County in which they are located must meet the LHMP requirement. Private non-profit Organizations are not eligible for PrepareCA Match.

Eligible Subapplicants from all 58 counties may apply. 

Best Practices for Application Submission

  1. Schedule a project scoping call by contacting Cal OES via email at HMA@caloes.ca.gov.
  2. For helpful tips, FAQs, and detailed information about how to submit your NOI, please see the HMA NOI User Guide.
  3. For NOI submission, when using Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge as your browser, click this link to access the Cal OES Engage portal.
  4. Please see the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance for full details on project eligibility and other requirements.
  5. All contracts and purchases must comply with Federal procurement guidelines outlined in 2 CFR 200 to be eligible for reimbursement.
    • Pre-award costs (including the development of the subapplication) are eligible for reimbursement upon award if all procurements adhered to federal policies. This includes competitively procuring any contractor support used to develop the subapplication or plan a project.
    • In accordance with 2 CFR 200, contractors who assist with subapplication development will be ineligible to compete for further contracts on the same award.

HMGP Resource Library

Technical Assistance

Our subject matter experts are available to discuss project eligibility, benefit cost analysis, technical feasibility, EHP requirements, the application process, or other related matters. Please reach out to HMA@caloes.ca.gov with questions or to schedule a call.

Projects must be eligible, feasible, and cost effective per FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance. Projects must be stand alone activities that will reduce risk as their primary benefit, but Cal OES strongly encourages the submission of projects that achieve multiple benefits.