Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) - American Cities Climate Challenge

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)

Federal Agency

Sub-Department

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Purpose

To invest in and undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks communities face from disasters and natural hazards.

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

Local governments/municipalities are eligible to apply as sub-applicants to states. Homeowners, business operators, and non-profit organizations cannot apply directly to FEMA but can be included in a sub-application submitted by an eligible sub applicant. Note: Applicants must have a FEMA-approved State, Local, or Tribal Hazard Mitigation Plan by the application deadline and at the time of obligation of grant funds.

Decarbonization Considerations

BRIC is designed to advance broad, impactful, flexible, and innovative resiliency solutions that enhance the energy system and access to energy during disasters. Consider deploying battery storage to help convert community facilities into resiliency hubs and protect critical facilities with clean, backup power generation. Combining solar with battery storage can create additional local generation flexibility when grids are compromised. Electric buses are also a key vehicle for deploying resiliency solutions and backup power more flexibly. The FY2021 funding opportunity explicitly adds a new priority to enhance climate resilience and adaptation.

Equity Considerations

BRIC has a priority focus of benefiting disadvantaged communities, defined as those facing conditions including, but not limited to, low income, high and/or persistent poverty, high unemployment/underemployment, racial and ethnic segregation, high housing cost burdens, distressed neighborhoods, disproportionate impacts from climate change, high energy cost burden and low energy access, jobs lost from the energy transition, and limited access to healthcare. Flexible backup power solutions (i.e. local community resiliency hubs) can be deployed to support remote, marginalized residents with limited access to more centralized facilities.

Helpful Tips

State deadlines will vary for sub-applicants to be considered, typically 1-3 months prior to the FEMA deadline. Contact your State Hazard Mitigation Officer (SHMO) to learn about potential state deadline to plan accordingly: https://www.fema.gov/grants/mitigation/state-contacts

Other Notes

New program that succeeds FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation funding. The 2021 BRIC Fact Sheet can be found here: https://www.fema.gov/fact-sheet/notice-funding-opportunity-fiscal-year-2021-building-resilient-infrastructure-and

Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

January 28, 2022

Funding Available

$1,000,000,000

Max Award Amount

$50,000,000

Expected Allocations

TBA

Average Award (Estimated)

TBA

Matching Funds

25% match required, unless applicant is economically disadvantaged rural community

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