Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, schools, special purpose districts, and homeowner associations for activities that reduce the risk of flooding in eligible locations. Funding is available for four project categories: coastal flooding and erosion; urban streams; original flood reduction; and fish passage and culvert replacement. Eligible proposals are for medium and small local flood reduction projects in King County.
All projects will meet the following requirements:
The proposed project must provide a flood reduction benefit so that it directly addresses existing or potential flooding.
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.
Maintaining populations of anadromous fish.
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.
For additional information about criteria/guidelines, see the Full Grant Text RFP and the Summary of Criteria for Scoring Document below.
Eligible for all four categories:
- Non-profit organizations or associations
- Special purpose districts
- Cities and towns within King County
- King County agencies
Eligible for the Original Flood Reduction Grant category only:
- Homeowner associations
The following types of projects will not be considered for funding:
- 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.
- Compensatory mitigation projects that are required by regulations to address permitted or unpermitted impacts to a protected sensitive or critical area.
- Activities required under an NPDES permit for a site.
- 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.
- Activities that address flooding of buildings that involve modifying aspects of the buildings such as re-sealing foundations or replacing roofs.