Washington State Department of Ecology
Grants to Washington nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, and special districts to reduce flood hazards. 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 dominant 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.
The FbD projects bring together many different stakeholders in the floodplain to:
For more information about Characteristics of FbD Projects, see: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/documents/1906011.pdf#page=9.
Eligible Project Types and Activities can be found starting at https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/documents/1906011.pdf#page=21.
GrantWatch ID#: 166463
Range of funding awarded: $516,000 to $9,402,000
Any Floodplains by Design projects, regardless of scale, are expected to adhere to a 2 to 3 year timeline.
The grants will be awarded for the 2021-23 Biennium, which starts July 1, 2021.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For more information contact:
Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program
Floods and Floodplain Management
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
General Information/Program Management:
Floodplains by Design Grant Program Lead (including Central Washington)
Southwest Regional-HQ office--Lacey/Olympia
- Matt Gerlach, (360) 407-0271, Matt.Gerlach@ecy.wa.gov
- Alex Rosen, (360) 407-6521, Alex.Rosen@ecy.wa.gov
Central Regional Office—Union Gap
- Currently Vacant, please contact Scott McKinney, info above, for this contact
Eastern Regional Office—Spokane
- Lynn Schmidt, (509) 329-3413, Lynn.Schmidt@ecy.wa.gov
Northwest Regional Office—Bellevue
- Lisa Nelson, (425) 649-4253, Lisa.Nelson@ecy.wa.gov
For a map and list of counties in each region, see: https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Contact-us.
For maps of regional offices and of Water Resource Inventory Areas (WRIAS) in Washington, see Appendix A and Appendix B at https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/documents/1906011.pdf#page=43.
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