Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) Program Funding Opportunities:

Floodplains by Design 2017-19

History of Grant Program:

The 2013 Washington State Legislature created a new program to fund multi-benefit flood hazard reduction projects. These projects must demonstrate they provide benefits beyond flood hazard reduction, including but not limited to salmon recovery, habitat restoration, water quality improvement, and channel migration zone protections, among others. The details of the grant program are available in our Floodplains by Design Funding Guidelines.

Funding Source:

State Building Construction Account


Current Funding Cycle

Ecology opens solicitation for applications in the fall of each odd numbered year (e.g. 2015). An initial pre-proposal is used for screening, and qualifying projects are invited to submit full applications.  Details on the scoring and timelines are available in the funding guidelines. Awards are based on the funding provided in Ecology’s budget, which starts with each new state fiscal biennium. 

Applications Accepted Who’s Eligible Eligible Project Types Match Grant Limit

Ecology accepts pre-proposals in the fall of each odd numbered year.

Counties, cities, towns,  federally recognized Indian Tribes, port districts, flood control zone districts, flood control districts and diking and drainage districts, Conservation Districts, municipal and quasi-municipal corporations, Non-profits that are recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt Flood hazard reduction projects that also contain an ecosystem restoration aspect as outlined in the funding guidelines There is a requirement for a 20% match  for  most awards  There is no grant limit, however projects should be completed within 2-3 years

Contact Us

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact either Bev Huether, Scott McKinney, or the Ecology Floodplain Management Specialist in your region.

Bev Huether
Financial Manager
Floodplains by Design
Phone: (360) 407-7254
Scott McKinney
Fund Manager
Flood Hazard Reduction Multi-Benefit Grants
Phone: (360) 407-6131


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