Disaster Recovery Grants
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Since October 10, 2018, Bay County has withstood Hurricane Michael, a Category 5 Storm destroying 330 million trees, leaving over 22,000 homeless and 60,000 residents with substantially damaged structures. The County has endured multiple tornadoes; been hit hard economically by COVID-19; endured another Category 2 Hurricane (Sally) in September of 2020; recorded “the wettest year in the history of Bay County” for flooding in 2021; and suffered three (3) wildfires in a one-week time span destroying 10,000 acres, evacuating 1,100 residential homes, while the fires claimed damaged 12 structures and destroyed two homes. Yet the County continues to rebuild and recover from these disasters. This is a true testament to the resiliency and resolve of all of Bay Countians!
Bay County applied for and received multiple grant funds to help with the recovery and rebuilding efforts since Hurricane Michael. The following are a sample of some of the projects that have been awarded.
FEMA Public Assistance – FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides supplemental grants to state, tribal, territorial, and local governments, and certain types of private non-profits so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies. FEMA also encourages the protection of these damaged facilities from future events by aiding for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process. The County has been obligated $336,668,998 million in Public Assistance Disaster Recovery Funding from Hurricane Michael in Categories A-Z but this is a fluid amount due to amendments that are currently ongoing. As of 3.8.2022, the County has been reimbursed $208,942,937.88 in FEMA Public Assistance funding from Hurricane Michael.
HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT PROGRAM (HMGP) - FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program provides funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments so they can rebuild in a way that reduces, or mitigates, future disaster losses in their communities. This grant funding is available after a presidentially declared disaster. In this program, homeowners and businesses cannot apply for a grant. Bay County has been awarded 19 HMGP Projects with 75% grant funding and a 25% match. Seven of the projects are “phased” projects and they have received Phase I funding but are anticipating receiving Phase II funding once the design phase is completed. For more information on the grants that Bay County has been awarded, please click on (link to the HMGP-CDBG projects.)
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT – DISASTER RECOVERY In response to extraordinary impacts from disasters, Congress sometimes appropriates additional funding to the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding. Unlike other recovery assistance programs administered by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), CDBG-DR assistance is not permanently authorized. After Congress appropriates funding to the CDBG-DR program, HUD formally announces the CDBG-DR awards and publishes rules for the awards in a Federal Register notice.
Bay County applied for and received 18 CDBG-HMGP Match Grants to match the 25% grant funding to the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) projects. (link to the HMGP-CDBG projects). The County has also received one (1) CDBG-DR General Infrastructure Redwood Drainage Project M0015 (link to Redwood Project Grant Agreement) and a CDBG-DR Voluntary Home Buyout Program Project M0027 (link to VHB Grant Agreement