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

Floodplains by Design (FbD) Grant


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
166463

Funding Source
Washington Department of Ecology
Bonneville Environmental Foundation and American Rivers
Funding or PIN Number: 23-06-015
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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington

Important Dates
LOI Date: 01/12/24
Deadline: 05/01/24 Save

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. Floodplains by Design projects must have a significant ecological restoration component or be part of a watershed or reach strategy that will significantly restore ecological function.

Actions are encouraged to be part of a watershed or a reach strategy that connects 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 FbD program is the major rivers and their estuaries in a given watershed. 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
  • Enhance and Preserve Agriculture
  • Tribal rights and floodplain management
  • Other community needs
  • Partnerships
  • Climate change

For more information about Characteristics of FbD Projects, see: https://apps.ecology.wa.gov/publications/documents/2306015.pdf#page=14.

Eligible Project Types and Activities can be found starting at https://apps.ecology.wa.gov/publications/documents/2306015.pdf#page=26.



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Entities eligible to apply include:
- Counties, cities, and towns
- Special purpose districts, such as flood control and port 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 enter into a formal agreement with other organizations and partners in a watershed where a large body of work will occur.

Additional Geographic Information:

For a map and list of counties in each region, see: https://apps.ecology.wa.gov/publications/documents/2306015.pdf#page=6

Ineligible
Ineligible Project Types and Activities can be found starting at https://apps.ecology.wa.gov/publications/documents/2306015.pdf#page=33.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Ecology will host two webinars for prospective applicants: One webinar is for current recipients and recent applicants, which will focus mainly on changes from the 2023-25 funding cycle. The other webinar is for new applicants and anyone who is interested in a more comprehensive overview of the FbD grant program. To register for one of the webinars, please click on one of the links provided below:
- New applicants: Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m.: https://waecy-wa-gov.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMod-qqqz4jE9Y27mPAg7TU7rHosnrLF1El#/registration
- Returning applicants: Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m.: https://waecy-wa-gov.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZclf-iuqzorGtWt09bBr3c6J6SqlJ-A3uw9

Pre-Application Information
Program Milestones and Expectations
- Nov. 1, 2023: Pre-application period opens.
- Nov. 7-8, 2023: Ecology hosts applicant webinars.
- Jan. 12, 2024: Pre-application period closes.
- Jan. 26, 2024: Pre-application review results announced. Approved applicants invited to give presentations.
- Feb. 12-16, 2024: Applicants give project presentations to the Evaluation Team.
- March 12, 2024: EAGL grant application period opens at 8 a.m.
- May 1, 2024: EAGL grant application period closes at 5 p.m.
- May 6 - June 17, 2024: Application evaluation period.
- Aug. 2024: Ecology finalizes ranked project list.
- April-May 2025: Legislature makes the final funding decision.
- June 2025: Ecology sends applicants the notice of funding decisions and grant award offer letters.
- July 1, 2025: Anticipated start date for funded grant agreements.
- July-Aug. 2025: Ecology sends draft grant agreements to funded applicants to begin negotiating funded grant agreements.

Applicants interested in the Floodplains by Design (FbD) 2025-27 grant program must first submit a pre-application.

The application cycle for the 2025-2027 Biennium begins in November 2023, when the Request for Proposals (RFP) is released. The deadline for submittal of pre-applications is mid-January 2024. Other important funding cycle dates for the current Biennium will be outlined on the Floodplains by Design grant webpage. The application process begins with brief pre-applications submitted, then eligible applicants are invited to give presentations on their projects. Applicants are encouraged to invite key project partners to attend or participate in these presentations. Presentations last an hour or less and will be scheduled for mid-February 2024. The format for the presentations will be made available in early December 2024. All projects that are invited to give presentations will also be asked to submit full proposals through the online EAGL system, where they are evaluated and scored, and finally a ranked list is developed and submitted to the Governor’s Office of Financial Management and the state Legislature for consideration during the funding appropriation process. The amount of funding available varies; it is determined biennially by the state Legislature.

Applicants must demonstrate match or leverage when applying for 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 grant agreement.

More information:
https://ecology.wa.gov/Water-Shorelines/Shoreline-coastal-management/Hazards/Floods-floodplain-planning/Floodplains-by-Design

Estimated Size of Grant
FbD has a soft limit of $10 million of Ecology Share, per ask.

Contact Information
Apply Online:
https://secureaccess.wa.gov/ecy/eagl

Submit the pre-application via email to Amelia Petersen, FbD Grant Program Coordinator, at amelia.petersen@ecy.wa.gov.

Direct questions to Amelia Petersen at 360-480-3298. See email address above.

Project Managers:
- Central Regional Office: Sandra Floyd; (509) 571-5679; Sandra.Floyd@ecy.wa.gov
- Eastern Regional Office: Currently vacant
- Northwest Regional Office: Lisa Nelson; (425) 649-4253; Lisa.Nelson@ecy.wa.gov
- Southwest Regional Office: Matt Gerlach; (360) 407-0271; Matt.Gerlach@ecy.wa.gov
- Alex Rosen: (360) 407-6521; Alex.Rosen@ecy.wa.gov

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