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Grants to Washington Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and Special Districts to Reduce Flood Hazards


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Floodplains by Design (FbD) Grant

Washington State Department of Ecology

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #166463

Grant Description

Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and special districts to reduce flood hazards. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding is also intended for projects to address community needs, such as improving water quality, preserving agriculture, and increasing opportunities for recreation, provided they are part of a larger strategy to restore ecological functions and reduce flood hazards.

Ideal projects are part of an integrated strategy designed to holistically manage the floodplain within a watershed or specific reach of a river. The strategy must identify means to reduce flood risk to affected communities, restore ecological function, support community and environmental resiliency to future climate impacts, and provide additional community benefits. In areas where agriculture is a land use, projects must minimize negative impacts to agriculture and identify strategies to support local agricultural interests. Projects should be part of a watershed or a reach-strategy that connect rivers with their floodplains, giving floodwater room to spread out and allowing room for the dynamic processes that form critical habitats to be restored.

The focus of the Floodplains by Design program are the major rivers and their estuaries in a given watershed. Projects on large river systems are more likely to receive funding than projects on small river systems or creeks.

Multi-benefit outcomes can include (but are not limited to):

  • Reduced flood risks for communities, commerce, and agriculture
  • Healthy habitats for fish and wildlife
  • Resilient communities and ecosystems
  • Minimized flood damage
  • Productive, viable agriculture
  • Safe and sustainable development
  • Jobs and sustainable livelihoods
  • Sustainable supply of clean water
  • Recreation and open space.
Characteristics of FbD Projects:
  • Reduce Flood Risk and Damage
  • Ecological Restoration and/or Preservation
  • Perservation Enhance and Preserve Agriculture
  • Environmental Justice, Public Participation and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Cost Effective
  • Other Community Needs
  • Partnerships
  • Climate Change

For more information about Characteristics of FbD Projects, see:

Eligible Project Types and Activities can be found starting at

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Entities eligible to apply include:
- Counties, cities, and towns
- Special purpose districts, such as flood control districts
- Federally recognized tribes
- Conservation districts
- Municipal or quasi-municipal corporations
- Not-for-profit organizations that are recognized as tax exempt by the Internal Revenue Service

Note: Ecology will issue a grant to a single eligible Recipient that will be responsible for all Ecology-grant-required actions and will manage all grant deliverables. FbD grant Recipients may contract with other organizations and partners in a watershed where a large body of work will occur.

Ineligible Project Types and Activities can be found starting at

Additional Geographic Information:

For a map and list of counties in each region, see:

For maps of regional offices and of Water Resource Inventory Areas (WRIAS) in Washington, see Appendix A at

Pre-Application Information:

The application cycle for the 2023-2025 Biennium begins on November 1, 2021 when the Request for Proposals (RFP) is released. The deadline for submittal of pre-applications is January 14, 2022.

The application process begins with brief PreProposals submitted, then eligible projects are invited to give presentations on their project. Presentations last an hour or less and will be scheduled for the week of February 14-18, 2022.

Submittal of full applications will begin March 15, 2022 and end April 29, 2022.

Pre-applications will be submitted in PDF form to Ecology, then evaluated by Ecology flood team staff and the FbD Management Team, and the top pre-applications best meeting the objectives of the FbD program will be invited to submit full proposals.

A full proposed funding list will be released in early August 2022. All full proposal applicants will be notified at that time of their project status.

The Project Manager contacts the applicant within four weeks of the grant offer to schedule a time to discuss the funding offer and begin the process of developing a funding agreement

Recipients with projects that don’t meet the definition of Economically Distressed Community must demonstrate a twenty percent match. Match can be shown in the form of: Flood Control Zone District, city, town, county, or federal funds; other grant funding; value of land previously acquired as long as the land is used for implementation of the project; time spent working on a project; or in-kind costs.

Disbursements of grant funds: Ecology disburses grant funds to Recipients on a cost-reimbursable basis. The Recipient must incur eligible costs within the effective date and expiration date of the funding agreement. Cash advances of grant funds are not allowed, with the exception of Escrow payments arranged in advance with Ecology.

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Range of funding awarded: $341,000 to $10,000,000

Term of Contract:

Any Floodplains by Design projects, regardless of scale, are expected to adhere to a 2 to 4 year timeline.

The grants will be awarded for the 2023-2025 Biennium.

Contact Information:

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For more information, contact:
Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program
Department of Ecology
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
Phone: 360-407-6600

General Information/Program Management:
Scott McKinney, Floodplains by Design Program Coordinator

Project Managers:
Southwest Regional
- Matt Gerlach, (360) 407-0271,
- Alex Rosen, (360) 407-6521,

Central Regional Office
- Sandra Floyd, (509) 571-5679,

Eastern Regional Office
- Lynn Schmidt, (509) 329-3413,

Northwest Regional Office
- Lisa Nelson, (425) 649-4253,

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