CTP Case Study: Mitigation Project Pipeline



California Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR)




This case study documents lessons learned, opportunities, best practices, and challenges arising from state efforts to increase access and eligibility for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs (FEMA HMA). The case study provides an overview of FEMA HMA funding sources and eligibility requirements, identifies areas for further alignment between State and Federal climate resilience and hazard mitigation goals, and can serve as a resource for other state partners, local jurisdictions, and adaptation and hazard mitigation practitioners interested in accessing these funds. This case study is part of a Cooperative Technical Partners agreement between FEMA and the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR). OPR received a partnership grant from FEMA Region 9 to support a pipeline of State-supported hazard mitigation projects for FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs. Through CTP, OPR and FEMA partner to guide non-traditional, “hard-to-reach" projects through HMA eligibility, specifically focusing on projects that incorporate nature-based solutions. FEMA identified an initial list of hard-to-reach project types that include healthy soils, urban greening, and seismic safety for multi-family homes. These project types, including several others, are considered new mitigation strategies that might be difficult to evaluate using FEMA-approved methodologies.

Climate Impact Tags

Drought Extreme heat Extreme storms Flooding Ocean acidification Sea level rise Snowpack Temperature Wildfire

Adaptation Planning Guide Phases

Phase 1: Define, Explore, and Initiate Phase 4: Implement, Monitor, Evaluate, and Adjust

Resource Type Tags

ICARP Case Study


Extent: California


Last updated: June 18, 2024