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Flood Reduction Grants

Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, and
Associations for Stormwater and Flood Control Projects

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King County Flood Control District

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06/16/20 Receipt


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Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, schools, and associations for activities that reduce the risk of natural disasters in eligible regions. Funding is intended to support projects that improve stormwater systems and target flood-risk reduction along rivers, streams, lakes, and other areas. Eligible applicants are located in and serve the residents of King County.

 Eligible projects will meet the following requirements:

  1. The proposed project must provide a flood reduction benefit so that it directly addresses existing or potential flooding. Typical projects include, but are not limited to:
    • Addressing surface water overflows and flooding from creeks and lakes due to outflow blockage or undersized/failing culverts or pipes.
    • Clearance of clogged agricultural drainage systems.
    • Improving inadequate or failing stormwater systems that are causing flooding or slope instability.
    • Addressing flooding of roads due to increased stormwater runoff.
    • Assessment of existing conditions as part of the creation of a lake management district.
  2. The proposed project must provide a clear economic benefit that extends beyond the applicant to the broader public good, such as but not limited to:
    • Maintaining public access to residences, businesses or infrastructure.
    • Maintaining safe roads for conveying people, goods, and emergency services.
    • Maintaining existing agricultural or recreational uses.
    • Addressing existing or potential threats from flooding to public safety, water quality or infrastructure.
  3. The proposed project must include on-the-ground structural improvements with the following exceptions:
    • Proposals may be phased so they include site assessment, design, and/or permitting only, as long as the application demonstrates that these early phases will ultimately lead to construction of on-the-ground structural improvements in a future phase (i.e., construction phase not funded under this current round).
    • The project involves the assessment of existing conditions related to the creation of lake management districts.

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GrantWatch ID#: 141950

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Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no cap on the individual award amount. Grants awarded in the past have ranged from $11,000 to $400,000.

Term of Contract:

The expenditure of funds must be completed no later than 36 months after signing the grant agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

2020 Flood Reduction Grants Eligibility:
- Cities and towns within King County
- Homeowner associations
- King County agencies
- Non-profit organizations or associations
- Schools
- Special purpose districts
- Tribes

The following types of projects will not be considered for funding:
- Projects that are eligible for funding under Watershed Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) programs, such as salmon recovery/habitat improvement projects where flood hazard reduction is not the primary purpose.
- Projects whose design and/or performance may transfer flooding problems upstream or downstream.
- Projects that do not compensate for the loss of restored or undisturbed natural habitat or may adversely impact habitat or water quality.
- Projects included on the King County Flood Control District 6-year Capital Improvement Project list.
- Projects that provide compensatory mitigation under a regulatory requirement triggered by permitted or unpermitted impacts to a protected sensitive or critical area.
- Activities that are not eligible for funding, but may be included in a broader project that receives other funding include site selection planning and feasibility studies.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit the completed application is June 16, 2020.

Notification of award will be sent via e-mail in later summer or early fall.

Matching/leveraged funds are encouraged but not required.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email applications to Kim Harper at Include "2020 Flood Reduction Grant Application" in the subject line.

King County Water and Land Resources Division
201 South Jackson Street, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98104-3855

For more information or help with the application process, please contact Kim Harper at the above email address or call 206-477-6079.

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