FEMA/IHSEM Grant Programs

Non-Disaster Grants:

FEMA/IHSEM Grant Programs

Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) - designed to assist in the development, maintenance, and improvement of state and local emergency management capabilities. It provides support to state and local governments to achieve measurable results in key functional areas of emergency management.

Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP)  - intended to provide financial and technical assistance as well as national direction and guidance to enhance state, territorial, tribal, and local hazardous materials emergency planning and training. The HMEP grant program distributes fees collected from shippers and carriers of hazardous materials to eligible Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) for hazmat planning and training. HMEP grant funds are administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. HSEMD serves as the administering agency in Iowa for HMEP grants.
 
The Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP)  - specifically, the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP). The State Homeland Security Program provides assistance to state and local entities to prepare for terrorist attacks involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD). It authorizes purchase of specialized equipment to enhance state and local agencies’ capability in preventing and responding to WMD incidents and other terrorist incidents, and provides funds for protecting critical infrastructure of national importance. This program provides funds for designing, developing, conducting, and evaluating terrorism response exercises; developing and conducting counter-terrorism training programs; and updating and implementing each state’s homeland security strategy. Iowa HSEMD is the administering agency in Iowa for HSGP grants.
 
FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs provide funding opportunities both pre- and post-disaster. The two non-disaster grants are the Pre-Disaster Mitigation program and the Flood Mitigation Assistance program.  The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program provides funds on an annual basis for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster. The goal of the PDM program is to reduce overall risk to the population and structures, while at the same time, also reducing reliance on Federal funding from actual disaster declarations.  The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program was created to assist States and communities in implementing measures that reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). There are three types of FMA grants available to states and communities: planning, project, and management cost grants. FMA grants are part of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs.

Disaster Grants

Disaster grants are only received following a Presidential Disaster Declaration.

Public Assistance program - FEMA awards grants to assist state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations with the response to and recovery from disasters. The program provides funding for debris removal, implementation of emergency protective measures and permanent restoration of infrastructure. The program also encourages protection from future damage by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process. The state works with FEMA to manage the program and administer the funding.
 
Hazard Mitigation funding also becomes available when a Presidential Disaster Declaration is made. Eligible applicants of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), part of HMA (see above), include state agencies and local governments, federally-recognized Indian tribal governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations (PNPs) according to the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 44, Section 206.221 (e). The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 also requires that a FEMA-approved local hazard mitigation plan be in place prior to FEMA awarding HMGP project funds.

For more information, contact Aaron Detter or Michelle Barness. For additional information on FEMA’s grant programs, visit Iowa Homeland Security.

News Headlines

City of Oelwein Offers Residents New Home Rehabilitation Loan Fund NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Posted: Wed, July 1, 2020

Beginning July 1st, 2020, the City of Oelwein will begin offering residents a new funding source to finance needed home repairs and improve residential neighborhoods and livability of single-family homes. The Home Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program provides low interest loans to residents meeting eligibility criteria.

The City recognizes the entire community benefits when everyone has stable, decent, and affordable housing. The intent of this program is to expand on existing efforts targeting low income households by offering the same opportunities to residents across a broader range of socio-economic statuses. Residents with up to 150% of the MHI for Fayette County are eligible to apply for assistance.

“Establishing a dedicated, self-funded program provides greater stability and flexibility to successfully grow a community and meet the housing needs of its current and future residents. This freedom will allow tailoring of the program to the exact needs of the City of Oelwein,” said Katie Nolte, Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) Housing Department Head.

The minimum loan amount is $1,000 and the maximum amount is $15,000. Interest rates range from one to four percent. Homeowners with household income greater than 100% of the Fayette County median income will be required to provide matching funds of 10-25% of total project costs. Both interest rate and match funds are determined by household size and income level.

UERPC will administer the program on behalf of the City. Applications will be accepted by UERPC on a continuous basis. Applications can be obtained at the Upper Explorerland Office at 134 West Greene Street, Postville, at City Hall, or by phone at 563-864-7551. You can also obtain an application online at www.uerpc.org or www.cityofoelwein.org.

Interested parties should contact Katie Nolte or Lee Balik at UERPC at 563-864-7551 or email knolte@uerpc.org with any questions or to be sent an application packet.

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RPA-1 draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for FFY 21-24 available for public review and comment

Posted: Fri, June 19, 2020

The draft RPA-1 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for federal fiscal years (FFY) 2021-2024 is available for public review and comment and can be viewed by clicking the link at the bottom of this page. RPA-1 includes the Counties of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek in northeast Iowa. The TIP document identifies the multimodal transportation projects—street, transit, highway, bridge, planning, and pedestrian and bicycle facilities—on which state and federal funding will be used over the next four years within the RPA-1 region.

Please CLICK HERE to review the document and submit any comments. Comments must be received no later than Monday, July 6, 2020.

The RPA-1 Transportation Policy Board will hold a public hearing at its meeting on July 7, 2020 to receive and review comments on the draft RPA-1 TIP. For information on the July 7 meeting, please contact Aaron Detter by email at adetter@uerpc.org, or by phone at (563) 419-6126.

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UPDATE: UERPC Now Open by Appointment

Posted: Mon, June 15, 2020

UPDATE:  UERPC Now Open by Appointment

 

During the pandemic, UERPC has had to rethink our way of doing business. We feel the best solution for the safety of our staff and our clients is to open by appointment only. 

To make an appointment, please contact either office (Postville 563-864-7551 or Decorah 563-382-6171) or contact a specific staff member to set up a meeting. 
 
When visiting our office for your appointment, you will be asked to wait at the front door until a staff member comes to welcome you. We ask that you use provided hand sanitizer prior to entering and to also wear a mask while in our facility (if you do not have a mask, one will be provided at the door). This is for your safety as well.
 
We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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The UERPC June 2020 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, June 15, 2020

The UERPC June 2020 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/81091f451e91/uerpc-june-2020-newsletter-3208770

Highlights include:

  • Funding Awarded for Northeast Iowa Electric Vehicle Market Analysis and Acceleration Project
  • Praise for WIOA Title I Dislocated Worker Program
  • Small Business Helpline Expands Services
  • NOTICE:  UERPC Offices will be closed on Friday, July 3rd
  • COVID-19 Iowa Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program
  • UPDATE:  UERPC Now Open by Appointment
  • Employee Spotlight:  Ashley Christensen
  • COVID Recovery Iowa
  • ATTENTION EMPLOYERS
  • Pandemic Extended Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) Information
  • Public Input Sought on State Transportation Plan 
  • Recruiting for 2020 Census Workers Ends June 30th
  • June 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Fuel Your Summer with Water

 

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