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Posted on: July 28, 2020

Flood Risk Reduction Economic Stimulus Grants Available

To qualify for funding from the Flood Risk Reduction and Watershed Management Economic Stimulus Grant Program, projects must provide a flood reduction and watershed management benefit. Program Guidelines and Scoring Criteria are available here.

“One of the ways we can protect people, property, and the economic prosperity of Pierce County is by investing in proactive measures against potential flood damage,” said Dave Morell, Pierce County Flood Control Zone District Chair. “In this program, we invite applicants to apply for grant funding for projects that protect lives and reduce the public risk caused by flooding, all while creating jobs throughout the region. By supporting projects that improve our community in multiple ways, we can ensure a more resilient Pierce County in the future.”

 Potential eligible projects may include the following:

  • Flood Control or stormwater control improvements
  • Community Flood Resiliency projects (e.g. installation of evacuation signage)
  • Habitat protection and management
  • Culvert improvements
  • Watershed management projects
  • Structure demolition that supports a larger flood risk reduction project
  • Purchase of equipment for flood risk reduction

Native tribes and non-profit organizations are now eligible and encouraged to apply, as well as cities/municipalities including park’s agencies in Pierce County.

Pre-application forms are due by August 20, 2020 where they will be screened for eligibility. Successful applicants can submit a full application form by September 30, 2020, which will be reviewed by a panel equally representing the eligible applicant groups.

Applicants may apply for a maximum of $1,000,000 for a single project, and all projects must be completed by December 31, 2021. More information about the timeline, criteria, eligibility, and application assistance can be found in the program guidelines here or by contacting Brynne Walker, Floodplain Management Planner, Pierce County Planning & Public Work (253)798-4671, brynne.walker@piercecountywa.gov

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