Planning and Grants
Floodplains by Design 2015-17 Budget Proposal
Ecology is announcing a new opportunity to submit project proposals that meet the intent of a new program designed to integrate flood hazard reduction with ecosystem benefits, and help leverage investments from other funding sources. This is not the same program as the Floodplain Management and Control 2013 Competitive Grants Program, but has similar goals. The program is designed to encourage larger, more complex projects that may combine several different funding sources to achieve their goal.
There are two goals of the Floodplains by Design program:
This program will be included in Ecology’s budget request for the 2015-17 state fiscal years. Like the competitive grant program, it will be funded by capital budget funds in order to allow projects to be completed in 2-4 years. The decision on funding the program will be made during the 2015 legislative session. Any funding provided will not be available until July 1, 2015.
Preliminary proposals are due May 23, 2014. Learn more at Floodplains by Design 2015-17 Budget Proposal.
Floodplain Management and Control 2013 Competitive Grants Program
The Floodplain Management and Control 2013 Competitive Grants program was created by the legislature for the 2013-15 state fiscal years. These grants are intended to address multiple objectives in the floodplain, including flood hazard reduction and ecosystem benefits. It is a precursor program to the Floodplain by Design program. It provides roughly $11million for projects that address both flood hazards and improve the natural environment. Because this program is funded with capital budget funds, the projects can run 2-4 years before completion. Ecology solicited for projects in December, 2013.
The deadline for the 2013 Competitive Grant program was February 14, 2014. No new applications are being accepted. All applicants that submitted project applications have been notified of receipt and the next steps in the process. Ecology will be reviewing applications, scoring and ranking them. We intend to make awards in early April.
Flood Control Assistance Account Program (FCAAP)
Washington has had a Legislatively-established flood control
maintenance program for more than 50 years. In 1984, the state
Legislature established the Flood Control Assistance Account
Program to assist local jurisdictions in comprehensive planning
and flood control maintenance efforts. This is one of very few
state programs in the country that provides grant funding to
local governments for flood plain management planning and
Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plans
A guidebook for local governments preparing Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plans outlines a step-by-step public process to:
Currently, there are only enough funds for emergency projects.
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