Disaster Relief Grants
CDBG Disaster Funding through Arkansas Economic Development Commission: Funding can become available in result of a presidentially declared disaster with funds from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development available through the state’s Community Development Block Grant Program. All cities and counties in Arkansas that have been affected by a presidential disaster are eligible applicants. However, as with all CDBG projects all projects must meet one of the three national objectives: Benefit to low or moderate income persons, elimination of conditions of slum or blight or address an imminent threat to the health and welfare of the community.
Most recent Disaster Relief Projects funded are;
- Conway County Generator
- Dardanelle Generator
- Knoxville Generator
- Montgomery County Generator
The Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) can assist communities in addressing long-term disaster relief and recovery needs. Through competitive grants to eligible applicants, EDA's disaster recovery generally falls within three categories:
Strategic Planning and Technical Assistance
Infrastructure Design and Development
Capital for Alternative Financing
The purpose of mitigation planning is to identify policies and actions that can be implemented over the long term to reduce risk and future losses. Mitigation Plans form the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. The planning process is as important as the plan itself. It creates a framework for risk-based decision making to reduce damages to lives, property, and the economy from future disasters.
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides grants to States and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the HMGP is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster. Unlike the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) more familiar disaster assistance programs that help pay for the permanent repair and restoration of existing facilities, the HMGP goes beyond simply fixing the damage. The HMGP will, within the limits of state and federal guidelines, help fund a wide range of new projects that reduce hazard vulnerability and the potential of future damage. The State of Arkansas, through the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM), administers the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). (Section 404 of Public Law 93-288, as amended, the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act).
What Types Of Projects Can Be Funded By The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program?
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds may be used to fund projects that will reduce or eliminate the losses from future disasters. Projects must provide a long-term solution to a problem, for example, elevation of a home to reduce the risk of flood damages as opposed to buying sandbags and pumps to fight the flood. In addition, a project's potential savings must be more than the cost of implementing the project. Funds may be used to protect either public or private property or to purchase property that has been subjected to, or is in danger of, repetitive damage. Examples of projects include, but are not limited to: Acquisition of real property for willing sellers and demolition or relocation of buildings to convert the property to open space use, Retrofitting structures and facilities to minimize damages from high winds, earthquake, flood, wildfire, or other natural hazards, Elevation of flood prone structures, Development and initial implementation of vegetative management programs, Minor flood control projects that do not duplicate the flood prevention activities of other federal agencies Localized flood control projects, such as certain ring levees and floodwall systems, that are designed specifically to protect critical facilities, and Post-disaster building code related activities that support building code officials during the reconstruction process.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding is only available to applicants that reside within a Presidentially declared disaster area. Eligible applicants include: State and local governments Indian tribes or other tribal organizations Certain non-profit organizations Individual homeowners and businesses may not apply directly to the program; however a community may apply on their behalf.
Recent Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Project funded were:
- Atkins School District Safe Rooms, Pope County
- Bismarck School District Safe Rooms, Hot Spring County
- Centerpoint School District Safe Room, Pike County
- Clarksville School District Safe Rooms, Johnson County
- Dardanelle School District Safe Room, Yell County
- Dover School District Safe Rooms, Pope County
- Earle Love Day Care, UACCM, Conway County
- Fountain Lake School District Safe Rooms, Garland County
- Hot Springs School District Safe Room, Garland County
- Jessieville School District Safe Room, Garland County
- Kirby School District Safe Room, Pike County
- Lakeside School District Safe Rooms, Garland County
- Lake Hamilton School District Safe Rooms, Garland County
- Magnet Cove School District Safe Room, Hot Spring County
- Malvern School District Safe Room, Hot Spring County
- Ouachita School District Safe Room, Hot Spring County
- Russellville School District Safe Rooms, Pope County
- Pottsville School District Safe Room, Pope County
- Lamar School District Safe Room, Johnson County
- South Conway County School District Safe Room, Conway County
- Westside School District Safe Room. Johnson County
- Wonderview School District, Conway County
For more information and assistance in applying for Hazard Mitigation Grants, district members may contact either:
The ACOOP effort has focused state entity energy and resources on developing plans to minimize the impact of natural and man-made disasters on state operations. Reviews of the work completed thus far make it clear that plan development is only the start of the process. In order to ensure long-term effectiveness, these plans must be continually tested, lessons learned must be institutionalized, and recommendations for improvements must be supported and adopted. The key to the success of this program is establishing a state government culture where our leadership and staff are aware of the need to plan, accept responsibility for ensuring the continuity of essential state services, and are actively involved in refining and following an ongoing, repeatable program methodology.
In March, 1999, the Arkansas Floodplain Management Association (AFMA) voted to pursue a program for the certification of floodplain managers in Arkansas. The program is designed to certify competency with the basic principles of sound floodplain management as mandated by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
West Central Arkansas Planning and Development District is a member of the Arkansas Floodplain Management Association.