After you have completed the questions and uploaded your forms, we recommend you log out, then log back in to be sure your answers are saved accurately…and that you can view your uploaded documents (signature forms, photos, other documentation, etc.).
Also, if there is additional information needed to complete your file, you will receive an email reminding you of which items are not yet filled out or uploaded. Typically emails are sent out within 1-week of account creation.
Yes, absolutely. If you leave certain questions blank, you can complete them later by logging back in when you have the information available.
Yes, absolutely. But we highly recommend keeping a copy of everything you submit for your own records as well.
The grant process is controlled by the federal and state agencies who administer them. FEMA Mitigation grants are administered at the state level by the Texas Division of Emergency Management, and HUD Disaster Recovery grants are administered at the state level by the Texas General Land Office.
For both FEMA Mitigation and HUD Disaster Recovery grants, the local government (either the City or County) actually submits the grant application to the state agency. These grant applications include multiple homeowners who like you express interest and complete the required information.
The process typically takes more than a year, and sometimes multiple years before the state and federal administrative agencies approve the local government’s grant application your property may be listed under. While it is by no means quick or easy, it is an important opportunity to receive assistance to reduce future disaster damage to your home.
Other potential options for housing upgrades to reduce future damage include Small Business Administration Disaster Loans, and private lending, which are typically quicker and directly applied for by the homeowner.
RecoveryGrants.org does not approve or fund the grants themselves, it is simply a data collection, information, and communication system. RecoveryGrants.org collects the information account holders send us, then compiles it into the local government’s application to the funding agency.
Though you can change your mind at any time, in order to have a complete file you do need to select at least one option for project type (Elevation, Mitigation Reconstruction, Buyout, Other). If you choose Other, please fill in the solution you are most interested in.
Very good question, the answer depends on a number of factors including how many other communities across Texas are applying, the quality of those applications, specifics pertaining to your own property, etc. There is no single answer for everyone.
Important factors federal agencies consider are the FEMA flood zone your property is in (as identified on FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps, or FIRMs), amount of damage your home has received in Hurricane Harvey and also past disasters, and household income levels. In general, households which are not in FEMA flood zones, were not impacted (or lightly impacted) by Hurricane Harvey, and/or with high incomes… are typically not as likely to receive federal grant funding to improve their home…but there are many potential scenarios and therefore anyone with an interest is encouraged to inquire.
By creating an account, you are automatically added to a list of account holders who will receive periodic updates from RecoveryGrants.org. These updates will include announcements or instructions from either the federal agency, state agency, or local government. Also, we will remain in direct contact with you for specific instructions and details about your account.
You are highly encouraged to update your contact information if it changes by editing information through your account. Also, you can change answers to questions or change or add uploaded documents at any time.