• Grants to help on disaster prep
    January 09,2013

    WATERBURY — The state is again accepting grant applications for funding for cities, towns and certain nonprofits to help prevent future damage caused by natural disasters.

    The money comes from the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to help municipalities fix public infrastructure, buy out homes and businesses, and carry out other projects designed to minimize or prevent damage in floods and other natural disasters.

    Eligible projects could include flood-proofing; raising or relocating public buildings; culvert replacement and repairs to drainage systems in areas that frequently flood; and buyouts of private properties and businesses in flood-prone areas.

    Communities must submit a letter of intent to apply for funding to the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security by Jan. 18. Completed applications are due by Feb. 1. Applications are available at the division’s website at www.vem.vermont.gov/mitigation, or by contacting the state hazard mitigation officer toll-free at 800-347-0488 or ray.doherty@state.vt.us.

    The grant program covers 75 percent of approved project costs with a 25 percent local match from the applicant. The program is funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    — Staff Reports

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