Financial Resources for Disaster Preparation, Planning, and Response

Introduction

As important as disaster planning is, the time and expense associated with creating a plan can be a deterrent to action.  However, there are a variety of organizations and agencies that have funding sources for disaster planning and response.  This document is designed to be a starting point for individuals, institutions, and organizations seeking funding for disaster planning or mitigation. 

Financial Resources for Planning

  • FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program.  This program provides funds to states, territories, Indian tribal governments, communities, and universities for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster event.
  • Before and After Disasters: Federal Funding for Cultural Institutions(FEMA).  This guide is an updated and expanded version of Resources for Recovery: Post-Disaster Aid for Cultural Institutions, first developed in 1992 by Heritage Preservation and then revised in 2000. Before and After Disasters includes summary descriptions and contact information for 15 Federal grant and loan programs (pdf).
  • Community Development Block Grant Program(HUD) is a flexible grant program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs, which could include disaster planning.
  • www.floodsmart.gov, the official website of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). 


Financial Resources for Response & Mitigation

  • FEMA Public Assistance Grant Program.  This program is designed to provide assistance to State, Tribal and local governments, and certain types of Private Nonprofit organizations so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President.
  • Before and After Disasters: Federal Funding for Cultural Institutions(FEMA).  This guide is an updated and expanded version of Resources for Recovery: Post-Disaster Aid for Cultural Institutions, first developed in 1992 by Heritage Preservation and then revised in 2000. Before and After Disasters includes summary descriptions and contact information for 15 Federal grant and loan programs (pdf).
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans.  SBA offers several different types of loans designed to keep businesses in operation after disasters and to rebuild or replace uninsured or underinsured property.
  • National Trust For Historic Preservation Grant Funds.  The National Trust provides two types of assistance to nonprofit organizations and public agencies: 1) matching grants from $500 to $5,000 for preservation planning and educational efforts, and 2) intervention funds for preservation emergencies.  Visit the Grant Funds website to learn more about the availability of funds and how to apply for assistance.  In some cases, that National Trust has location-specific grant funding opportunities. 
  • The President's Advisory Council On Historic Preservation: Federal Financial Assistance for Historic Preservation Projects—Disaster Response.  A list of list of Federal disaster relief programs focused on providing financial assistance for structural rehabilitation after a disaster or supporting proactive efforts to reduce or prevent future potential damage.

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