Have you heard about the newly established Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)? BRIC is replacing FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation program. BRIC aims to “categorically shift the federal focus away from reactive disaster spending and toward research-supported, proactive investment in community resilience.”

The BRIC program explicitly focuses on research-supported mitigation investments. This convergence of research and practice caught Impact360’s attention. We encourage our members to take advantage of this program to continue our shared goal of integrating researchers and practitioners’ work to reduce natural hazards impacts and disaster risk.

FEMA recently released the BRIC’s inaugural Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Vital information for potential applicants to be aware of include:

  • Total Funding: The FY2020 funding allocation includes traditional State/Territory allocations ($600,000 per applicant) and a Tribal set-aside ($20 million total). It also consists of an estimated $446.4 million in funding for a national competition for mitigation projects.
  • Eligible Applicants: Only government agencies are eligible to receive funding, but researchers can also get involved in supporting the scoping of potential projects.
  • Eligible Projects: BRIC will fund three types of assistance 1) capability and capacity-building activities, 2) mitigation projects, and 3) management costs.

The BRIC program’s application period opens on September 30, 2020. Proposals must be submitted by January 29, 2021, to be considered for funding.

New funding programs require new approaches. You can’t do it the way you always have to get BRIC funding. We want to support our members to prepare convergent proposals that integrate research with practice. As an Impact360 member, you have access to free services to support your proposal development that includes:

  • Make new connections: Impact360 will work with you to identify and connect with the researchers or practitioners you need to build a successful team.
  • Inclusive problem-solving planning: Impact360 will facilitate a remote, interactive planning process with you to use our inclusive problem-solving toolkit, Toolkit360, to scope and strategize your BRIC proposal. (Some eligibility criteria apply.)

Contact us if you’re thinking about submitting a BRIC proposal (or have an idea for one) and want to learn more about how we can support you.

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