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Grants to Pennsylvania Agencies, IHEs, Businesses, and Organizations to Reduce Flood Risks


Geographic Focus

USA: Pennsylvania

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Flood Mitigation Program (FMP)

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #142695

Grant Description

Grants to Pennsylvania government agencies, IHEs, businesses, and watershed organizations for projects to prevent flood damage throughout the state. Grant funds may be used for construction projects, land acquisition, engineering studies, security measures, debris removal, and costs of permits, insurance, engineering, and inspection.

Projects authorized by a flood protection authority, the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) or the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) or identified by a local government for flood mitigation are eligible for the program.

Funds may be used by the applicant to pay for any of the following project costs:

  1. Acquisition of land, rights-of-way, and easements necessary to construct an eligible project.
  2. Engineering studies required for levee certification and Hydrologic Engineering Center’s River Analysis System (HEC-RAS) studies.
  3. Construction, improvement, expansion, repair, or rehabilitation of flood control projects. Construction contingencies are limited to 5% of the actual construction costs.
  4. Debris removal.
  5. Installation of security measures.
  6. Construction engineering costs/inspections costs. Maximum of 10% of the grant award.
  7. Permit fees.
  8. Costs to secure appropriate bonds and insurance.
  9. Administrative costs of the applicant necessary to administer the grant. Administrative costs will include advertising, legal, and audit costs as well as documented staff expenses. Administrative costs shall not exceed 2% of the grant.

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Municipalities
- Councils of Governments
- Authorized Organization
- Institution of Higher Education
- Watershed Organization
- For-Profit Businesses

For more information about eligibility, see

Ineligible costs include but are not limited to public relations, outreach, communications, lobbying, litigation, fees for securing other financing, interest on borrowed funds, application preparation fees and other costs incurred prior to the approval of grant funds.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted between February 1st and May 31st of each year. All applications and required supplemental information must be received by May 31st.

A 15% cash match of the total project cost is required or cash equivalents for the appraised value of real estate. Eligible match contributions will be permitted for up to one year prior to the grant submittal deadline date through the life of the grant agreement as long as the eligible match expenditures are directly related to the project. If using the value of real estate as match, an appraisal not older than 1 year will be required. Match commitment documentation is required to be provided along with the application.

To be eligible for reimbursement, project costs must be incurred within the time frame established by the grant agreement, except for costs related to engineering design.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority charges a $100 non-refundable application fee for Flood Mitigation Program applications.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants shall be awarded to eligible applicants for projects with a total cost of $50,000 or more. Grants shall not exceed $500,000 for any project.

Contact Information:

Apply Online:

Program inquiries should be directed to:
PA Department of Community and Economic Development
Office of Business Financing and Workforce Development – CFA Programs Division
Flood Mitigation Program
Commonwealth Keystone Building
400 North Street, 4th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225

Telephone: (717) 787-6245
Fax (717) 772-3581

For technical inquiries regarding the submission of the online application, contact the Customer Service Center at (800) 379-7448 or (717) 787-3405.

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