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Grants to Nova Scotia Municipalities for Projects to Reduce the Risk of Flooding in Local Communities

Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program (FRIIP)


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Funding Source
Province of Nova Scotia
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Geographic Focus
Canada: Nova Scotia;

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/07/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Nova Scotia municipalities for projects that reduce the risk of flooding and mitigate the vulnerability of local communities. Interested applicants must contact staff prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to support studies that contribute to the understanding of flooding, as well as to support the construction of flood protection infrastructure. Funds may be used for construction inspection and administration, acquisition of land and property easements, preparation of design drawings and specifications, costs of construction and equipment acquisition, and preliminary engineering studies.

Eligible Projects:

  • River Training and Floodway Improvements
  • Floodwater Containment and Flood Intensity Mitigation
  • Study work including mapping to identify flood-prone areas; and identification of potential solutions to mitigate flood impacts

Preference will be given to projects that have been identified as part of the Municipal Climate Change Action Plan (MCCAP) or other infrastructure risk assessment studies. 

Projects that include collaborating with multiple municipalities or have beneficial impacts for larger populations are given priority.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Only municipalities can apply for funding.

This program is available exclusively to Nova Scotia municipalities but may be invested in non-municipal infrastructure provided all involved parties are in agreement. Projects must demonstrate support of key stakeholders where relevant, i.e. neighboring municipalities, provincial and federal government departments, private sector, homeowners.

The provincial government wishes, where practical, to encourage intermunicipal cooperation. Intermunicipal projects may receive special consideration in the distribution of program funding.

Not allowed: using FRIIP grant funds for expenses already funded by other funding programs.

Ineligible costs include:
- Interim financing costs
- Costs for stormwater management
- Employment costs
- Equipment and furniture purchases

Pre-Application Information
Applicants need to apply for funding by 7 June 2023.

The application submission must include:
- Council Resolution: a resolution of council supporting the submission of the project for funding consideration under FRIIP
- Cost Estimate: A detailed cost estimate for the project

How to apply:
1. Review detailed program criteria in the Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program Application Guide.
2. Contact the Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program to discuss your project idea.
3. Complete the application form.
4. Check the application for details on all required supporting documents.
5. Send your completed application and supporting documents by email.
6. Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing reviews your application after the submission deadline (this can take 6 to 8 weeks).

Typically, the program may fund up to 50% of eligible costs for each project. The applicant or other sources need to fund the remaining balance of the project.

The Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program provides up to 50% of the funding at the start of the project. Municipalities receive the remaining funding when they complete the project and the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing approves your Project Closeout Report.

Term of Contract
Only money spent on costs between 1 April 2023 and 31 March 2024 is eligible for funding.

Contact Information
Once the application is completed, it must be emailed including any attachments to the program email

For more information, please contact:
FRIIP Program Administration
Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing
1505 Barrington Street, Floor 8 N
PO Box 216, Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

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