Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Grants to Wisconsin municipalities, metropolitan sewerage districts, tribes, and counties cooperating with an eligible applicant for flood control projects. Funding is intended to protect health, life, and property from flood damages.
Eligible projects include:
- Property acquisition and removal of structures for permanent open space or flood water storage.
- Acquisition of vacant land or flood water flowage easement to facilitate more efficient flood flows to the water body.
- Floodproofing and flood elevation of public and private structures in the 100-year flood plain.
- Flood water control detention pond.
- Riparian Restoration Project on a watercourse.
- Flood Mapping.
Funding will also be provided for related administrative needs.
Projects eligible under this program shall minimize harm to existing beneficial functions of water bodies and wetlands, maintain natural aquatic, and riparian environments, use stormwater detention and retention structures and natural storage to the greatest extent possible and provide opportunities for public access to water bodies and to the floodplain.
The state share of the project cost may not be greater than 50% of the eligible project costs. Applications will be made available and accepted by the department only if funding is available to administer this grant program. The department may not provide to any applicant more than 20% of the funding available.
Ranks of the 9 types of projects with 1 high and 9 low – all eligible grants in each category funded, in category order as follows:
Category 1: Property Acquisition and Structure Removal Projects:
- Project ranking as number 1: Property acquisition and removal of structures which, due to zoning restrictions, cannot be rebuilt or repaired.
- Project ranking as number 2: Property acquisition and removal of structures in the 100 year floodplain.
- Project ranking as number 3: Property acquisition and removal of repetitive loss (repetitive loss structure means any structure with 2 or more flood losses, each greater than $1,000, in any 10 year period since 1978) or substantially damaged (substantial damage means flood damages to any structure that equal or exceeds 50% of present equalized assessed value of the structure) structures.
- Project ranking as number 4: Property acquisition and removal of other flood damaged structures.
Category 2: Flood Proofing and Flood Elevation Projects:
- Project ranking as number 5:
(a) Anchorage of structures, or addition of mass or weight to structures, to prevent flotation.
(b) Reinforcement of walls and floors to resist rupture or collapse caused by water pressures or floating debris.
(c) Placement of essential utilities above the flood protection elevation.
Category 3: Riparian Restoration Project:
- Project ranking as number 6: The following activities are eligible on a watercourse to restore or enhance the natural beneficial uses and value of that watercourse:
(a) Removal of a dam or other artificial obstruction.
(b) Restoration of fish and native plant habitat.
(c) Erosion control and streambank restoration.
Category 4: Acquisition of Vacant Land or Flood Water Flowage Easement:
- Project Ranking as Number 7
Category 5: Flood Control Detention Pond:
- Project ranking as Number 8
Category 6: Flood Mapping Projects:
- Project ranking as Number 9:
(a) Preparation of flood insurance studies.
(b) Flood mapping projects.
Eligible flood control acquisition and development projects must meet one of the following criteria: (see reference NR 199.05))
- Flood damaged structures to be removed on the property to be acquired cannot be rebuilt or repaired due to zoning restrictions.
- Structures to be removed on the property to be acquired are in the 100 year floodplain.
- Structures to be removed on the property to be acquired have repetitive loss or substantially damaged structures due to flooding.
- Flood damaged structures to be removed are other than buildings on the property to be acquired. (see above definition of structure: ex. bridges, dams, channels, culverts)
- Acquisition of vacant land to provide additional flood storage or to facilitate natural or more efficient flood flows to a watercourse.
- Acquisition of a perpetual conservation easement for permanent open space use and protecting natural resources to facilitate natural or more efficient flood flows to a watercourse. (Conditions of easement to be reviewed and approved by the DNR Grant Program Manager to assure that the requirements of chi. NR 199 and s.700.40 Uniform conservation easement act are met.)
- Acquisition of a flowage easement allowing the holder nonpossessory interest in real property granting the holder the right to flow the grantor’s lands for flood storage or natural reverie hydrologic cycles (see reference NR 199.03(7)) to facilitate natural or more efficient flood flows to a watercourse. (Conditions of easement to be reviewed and approved by the DNR Grant Program Manager to assure that the requirements of ch. NR 199 are met.)
Construction and Development Eligible Cost:
- Removal cost
- Engineering or planning fees to complete the project including previously incurred costs.
- Structural flood proofing and elevation cost.
- Cost to build facilities and structures for the collection, detention, retention, storage and transmission of floodwater and groundwater for flood control and riparian restoration projects.
Eligible Property Acquisition Cost (reference ch. NR 199.03 definition):
- Fair market value of the property, as determined by department appraisal guidelines.
- Reasonable costs related to the purchase of the property that are limited to: cost of appraisals; land surveys; displaced person relocation payments (with approval letter and approved plan from Dept. of Commerce); title evidence; recording fees; historical and cultural assessments required by the department; an d environmental inspections.
Eligible construction and development cost (reference ch. NR 199.08(1)(b)):
- Removal costs
- Costs to build facilities and structures for the collection, detention, retention, storage and transmission of stormwater and groundwater for flood control and riparian restoration projects.
- Structural floodproofing and elevation costs.
- Engineering or planning fees to complete the project
Administrative Support Eligible Costs:
- Labor costs, including force account labor, required for carrying out activities identified in the grant agreement. Costs shall be based on grant recipient rates for the position including salary, fringe benefits and other items determined to be appropriated by the department.
- Direct costs for laboratory analysis, surveys, publications, mailings, professional service contracts, development activities and similar items.
- Engineering or planning fees necessary to complete the project may be eligible, including costs incurred on or after October 28, 1999.
- The cost of necessary materials, supplies and equipment used exclusively for project-related purposes over its useful life or the cost of the portion of supplies or equipment used for the project.
- The costs of leased equipment and facilities used for project related purposes for the length of the project. The cost of the use of the equipment owned by the grant recipient may not exceed the county highway rates established annually by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
GrantWatch ID#: 151975
The department may not provide to any applicant more than 20% of the funding available.
Grant period is for two years with 1 year possible extension with written justification.
This grant is available to all cities, villages, towns, tribes, and metropolitan sewerage districts.
Property Acquisition ineligible cost:
- Attorney fees
- Environmental clean-up costs
- Brokerage fees paid by the buyer
- Real estate transfer taxes
- Any other cost not identified under eligible acquisition cost
Acquisition and Development grant - Ineligible activities (reference ch. NR 199.05(2)):
- Dam repair and operation.
- Design, installation, operation or maintenance of sanitary sewers, treatment plants or onsite sewerage systems.
- Projects which would adversely affect a watercourse by causing increases in flood heights, velocities, sedimentation or erosion, reducing the amount of complexity of fish and wildlife habitat, reducing natural shore cover, or restricting navigation, or any other negative impact, except temporary impacts caused by dam removal or other approved restoration activities.
- Projects which would dredge or channelize a stream or line a natural stream bed with impervious materials.
- Projects which conflict with land use, watershed or other resource management plans.
- Projects or applicants which are not compliant with minimum state floodplain management requirements or with minimum national flood insurance program requirements.
- Creation or enhancement of stormwater management plans.
- Projects for the purchase, installation or operation of mechanical pumping system
Ineligible construction and development cost (reference ch. NR199.08(2)):
- Fines and penalties due to violations of federal, state or local laws and regulations.
- Ordinary operating expenses of local government applicants, such as salaries and expenses of public officials, that are not directly related to the project.
- Indirect costs including administrative costs and costs to purchase vehicles or other property not directly related to the project.
- Costs for which payment has been, or will be, received from any other funding source.
- Costs which the department determines are not directly associated with or necessary to implement the project
Note: Properties acquired by condemnation are not eligible for a Municipal Flood Control Grant Award.
No funds will be issued for property acquired through the “Power of Eminent Domain.”
The next deadline to apply for a Municipal Flood Control grant is March 15th, 2018 - funding is available.
The local share of the project cost may not be less than 50% of the eligible project costs.
When considering the acquisition or development of property that has a history of environmental contamination or where contamination is suspected, applying for a Municipal Flood Control Grant becomes a more complex process but is still feasible. Specific requirements exist that must be fulfilled before an application for a grant award may be submitted.
The most significant difference in grant requirements for contaminated properties is that the investigation of whether contamination exists, to what extent it exists, a plan for remediation approved by the department, and a reliable determination of remediation costs must be completed before a grant application is submitted.
Another pre-application requirement for contaminated properties is assurance that the intended purpose of the site is viable given the remediation plan and property closure conditions. Remember, the acquisition of the property must be for the purposes of “flood control” to be eligible for a Municipal Flood Control Grant Award.
Please refer to "Land Acquisition Guidelines for Local Governments" and "Municipal Flood Control Grant Program Contaminated Property Acquisition Guidance" attached below for the steps required before submitting an application.
Contact Jeff Soellner in regards to the grant application or payments. Contact Michelle Staff with any floodplain or technical questions.
Information Regarding Contaminated Property:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Applications should be mailed to:
Jeff Soellner – CF/2
P.O. Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707-7921
Jeffrey Soellner, Grants Manager
Michelle Staff, CFM, State NFIP Coordinator
All technical questions should be emailed to DNRFloodplain@wisconsin.gov. Please also send a copy to Jeffrey Soellner.