Repetitive Flood Claims

To assist States, Indian tribal governments, and communities to reduce or eliminate the long - term risk of flood damage to structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)that have had one or more claims for flood damages through mitigation activities that are in the best interest
of the National Flood Insurance Fund (NFIF).

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Office - See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of addresses of FEMA's Regional Offices.
Website Address

http://www.fema.gov



Program Accomplishments

In the prior fiscal years the program has funded more than $19 million in mitigation projects.

Uses and Use Restrictions

States, Indian tribal governments, and communities may apply for RFC project grants for activities that reduce or eliminate the long - term risk of flood damage to structures, insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), that have had one or more claims for flood damages.

This may include the acquisition of insured structures for the purpose of converting flood-prone land back to open space use; elevation of existing structures; dry floodproofing; and minor localized flood reduction projects.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State emergency management agencies or a similar office (i.e., the office that has primary emergency management or floodplain management responsibility) of the State; the District of Columbia; the U.S.

Virgin Islands; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; American Samoa; the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; and Federally - recognized Indian tribal governments.

Specific information on sub-applicant eligibility, and application procedures for Federally-recognized Indian tribal governments, is provided on the SRL program guidance.

Beneficiary Eligibility

States, communities, and land/property owners.

Credentials/Documentation

Grant awards will be determined in accordance with OMB Circulars No. A-102 and No. A-87 for State and local governments. Awards made to Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Other Non-Profit Organizations will be required to follow the requirements of OMB Circulars No. A-110 and No. A-21.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or officials designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.

Award Procedures

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.

Deadlines

Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.

Authorization

National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, as amended. Bunning - Bereuter -Blumenauer Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2004, Title I, Section 104, Public Law 108-264.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.

Appeals

Not applicable.

Renewals

Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Refer to program guidance. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Grantees are required to submit quarterly financial and performance reports.

Quarterly Progress Reports must include the progress of each sub-grant award.

Reports are due 30 days after the end of each quarter: January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30.

Final financial and performance reports are due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards (or receive property, or a combination of both, within the fiscal year) will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular A-133. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.

Records

Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.

Financial Information

Account Identification

70-4236-0-3-453.

Obigations

FY 07 $6,807,540; FY 08 $10,000,000 and FY 09 est $10,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

None.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a listing of addresses of FEMA's Regional Offices.

Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security 245 Murray Lane Building #410, Washington, DC 20528.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.



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