In February of 2018, Congress appropriated $12 billion dollars in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds specifically for mitigation activities for qualifying disasters in 2015, 2016, and 2017. HUD was able to allocate an additional $3.9 billion, bringing the amount available for mitigation to nearly $16 billion. CDBG Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) is a unique and significant opportunity for eligible grantees to use this assistance in areas impacted by recent disasters to carry out strategic and high-impact activities to mitigate disaster risks and reduce future losses.
For the purposes of this funding, mitigation activities are defined as activities that:
The mitigation objectives and efforts align with other federal programs that address hazard mitigation to create a more cohesive effort at the federal, state, and local level. These mitigation projects aim to reduce the risk to community services that benefit human health and safety or economic security, from being severely affected by natural disasters. The level of engagement across partners helps to shape the transformative nature that mitigation projects can have within communities and the lives of constituents.
Grantees must submit a CDBG-MIT Action Plan prior to expending CDBG-MIT funds.