The Department of Homeland Security – FEMA is inviting applications for the 2022 Community Assistance Program – State Support Services element (CAP-SSSE) Program.
The Community Assistance Program – State Support Services element (CAP-SSSE) program provides funding to States to provide technical assistance to communities in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and to evaluate community performance in implementing NFIP floodplain management activities.
CAP – SSSE strives to leverage state knowledge and expertise to provide support to communities through activities that most effectively reduce flood losses.
The CAP-SSSE program goals align directly to the national Floodplain Management Program multi-year plan. These goals provide the framework for guiding the activities of the FEMA Regions and state NFIP coordinating agencies as they work to meet the vision of the NFIP and the goals of the FEMA Strategic Plan, including instilling equity as a foundation of emergency management, leading the whole community in climate resilience, promoting and sustaining a ready and prepared nation. Annually, and in collaboration with FEMA, states are expected to develop and meet performance commitments for funded activities and community outcomes that align to the achievement of the CAP-SSSE program goals:
- Grow local capacity and capability to improve resiliency through floodplain management: States shall leverage engagements and relationships with communities to build their capability and capacity to manage flood risk by adopting and enforcing at least the minimum standards of the NFIP. States should encourage participation in the NFIP and ensure that communities are maintaining or improving their compliance with the program.
- Build state floodplain management capability and promote strong state interagency coordination and collaboration: State NFIP Coordinating Agencies should invest in growing their own technical expertise and capacity and position the office to better serve as the central coordination point for bringing the entire state’s capabilities and resources together to advance floodplain management and mitigation.
- Promote the benefits and drive demand for strong floodplain management development standards and insurance: States shall ensure they are employing opportunities to most effectively educate communities and the public on the value (e.g., economic, environmental, social benefits) of higher standards and insurance coverage.
- CAP-SSSE Transformation: Since 2017, CAP-SSSE has implemented a series of transformative program changes to better incentivize and invest in state capability growth.
- Substantial Damage Compliance: States will be expected to ensure community compliance with substantial damage provisions of floodplain management regulations.
- State Development Compliance: States will continue to support efforts to document and improve compliance with the NFIP regulations for new and existing state-owned and managed property in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), including adherence to the timeline agreed to in coordination with the FEMA Regions.
- NFIP Compliance Audit Redesign: FEMA is currently redesigning the Community Assistance Visit (CAV) and Community Assistance Contact (CAC) processes into the new NFIP Compliance Audit process.
- Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,001,714
- Funding for basic floodplain management activities: Maximum of $10,000,000
- Discretionary funding for special projects, TSF improvements, or additional eligible activities as approved by each FEMA Region: Minimum of $ 1,000,000
- Period of Performance: 12 months
- All 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories of Puerto Rico are eligible to apply for CAP-SSSE funding.
- Special district governments
- State governments
- Region 9: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Republic of Marshall Islands, and Federated States of Micronesia.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=340089