Cape May County submitted a grant application under the 2016 Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program in May, 2016. At this time, the application is showing as “Under Further Review” in the FEMA grants database, which includes ongoing reviews for historic and environmental issues.
Participating Property Owners - Please click here to view the property owner information tracking spreadsheet associated with the Cape May County 2016 FMA application.
Pending successful further review, we anticipate further information on an award will be issued in the fall of 2017, which would lead to homeowners being able to start work in the spring of 2018. Please note that most costs incurred prior to formal notice to proceed are not eligible for reimbursement under this grant program.
We encourage property owners to get formal quotes from qualified elevation contractors, and continue to coordinate with your community so that you will be able to move forward expeditiously once the grant is fully approved and the community provides you with formal notice to proceed.
Property owners need to be aware of the following conditions associated with this grant program:
- This is a reimbursement program; thus property owners will be responsible for covering costs and then applying for reimbursement once the project is completed. The County is currently working with several local lending institutions that may be able to provide "bridge loans" for mitigation projects.
- RL property owners will be responsible for the 10% "local share" of their mitigation project.
- Properties mitigated using Federal mitigation grant funding are required to maintain NFIP flood insurance on the property in perpetuity. This flood insurance requirement becomes part of the property deed.
Please continue to visit this site to obtain updated information on this offering.
All property owners who are interested in elevating their properties are strongly encouraged to get and provide estimates, which should be at no charge. There are a number of elements involved in a complete elevation project, including:
- Architectural Design and Engineering
- Utility Disconnects (electric, gas, water, sewer)
- Elevation / Foundation / Fill / Carpentry
- Electrical Finish Work
- HVAC Finish Work
- Plumbing Finish Work
- Interior / Exterior Finish Work
While all elevation contractors will provide costs for the "lift," some may perform or manage (sub-contract) some or all of these steps. Be sure to understand what specifically is included in each estimate you receive, and ask each contractor for their advice on how to get estimates for the project elements that they are not bidding.
Click here to see an example of an estimate for a complete elevation project.
Your municipal building department may be able to provide a list of local general contractors and/or elevation contractors who are experienced with managing complete elevation projects.