Getting A Grant For House Elevation
House elevation is the key to the flood hazard mitigation of over 2 million pre-flood map buildings in America!
Grant Funded House Elevation Job
- Every dollar we spend on flood mitigation saves our nation many dollars in disaster recovery!
- Federally funded flood mitigation grant applicant/recipient contact information is confidential according to the federal government in order to protect the privacy of the property owner/occupants.
- House elevation grants have defined scope of work.
- House elevation grant projects generally start 2-3 years after the disaster or annually with pre-disaster grants.
Hazard mitigation grant program-HMGP is only provided to those states with a Presidential declared disaster.
- Post disaster-HMGP/403: This grant is provided to the state as a percentage of the damages of the disaster. Eligible projects include relocation and elevation.
- Post disaster-HMGP/406: This grant is provided to communities and non-profits that benefit the community, museums and churches that have day care or food pantry.
- 75% funding of project costs
- Pre-Disaster – Severe Repetitive Loss: FEMA has prioritized the severe repetitive loss properties until they are all mitigated.
- 100% project funding.
Housing and urban development-H.U.D./DR Grants
- LA-Road Home: This program is closed now. The program supported around 20,000 house elevations at +$1.4 Billion
- NJ-RREM: This program is open, no longer accepting applications, and supporting 3,000 elevations.
- NY-NY Rising: This program is open, no longer accepting applications, and supporting around 3,000 elevations.
How the grants are written
- The Local government writes the grant and the state scores it amongst other competing communities.
- The regional FEMA office reviews the grants and scores them.
- FEMA makes the final decisions on which grants get funded.
- The state is usually the recipient and passes the grant down to the local government.
- The local government administers the grant with or without an outside consultant.
- The local governmet can manage the project as a municipal project or have the property owner contract the GC and pay the GC at milestones or re-imburse the property owner for project expenses.
Scope of work allowed.
- Pre-Design – Soil test, elevation certificate
- Engineering/architectural design (historic review)
- House Lift and set down – roll off/on in necessary.
- Demo/Build Foundation
- Flood Vents – If required (be careful w/net free area)
- StairsBuilt (Historic gets better designs)
- Utility Stands – Attached or Detached
- Landscape repair/sod if needed
- Sidewalk sections if removed for elevation
- Works best if the contract is between the property owner and the general contractor, not as a municipal contract.
- Works best if local government disburse payments based upon key code inspections after initial mobilization and the get reimbursement from the state.
- Another method that works well is when local banks can be enlisted to fund the grant, pay the contractors and get the reimbursement.
- There are inherent risks if property owners get money fronted for the project.
- We have around 3 million pre-flood map buildings not at the minimum flood map required elevation.
- Disaster related, grant funded elevations number under 100,000 in 20yrs.
- Elevation provides need to advertise and market their services due to the grant recipient privacy regulations.
- IASM can educate property owners by using media like the internet and YouTube to promote members as the besy choice for the elevation job.
- IASM members can promote membership in the organization as a mark of quality and craftmanship.