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Municipal Dam Grant Program

Grants to Wisconsin Municipalities and Agencies for Dam
Maintenance, Repair, Removal, and Abandonment

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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02/28/20 Receipt by Close of Business


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Grants to Wisconsin local governments and agencies for construction and engineering projects on dams owned by local municipalities. Funding is intended to support the repair, maintenance, reconstruction, and modification of dams to enhance safety, as well as to support dam removal and abandonment.

Cities, towns, villages, counties, tribes, and public inland lake protection and rehabilitation districts (lake districts) may apply for grants to conduct projects on dams that they own. The owner must have the inspection directives or an administrative order that requires the dam safety project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166535

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The Municipal Dam grant program provides up to a maximum of $400,000. Dam repair/reconstruction/modification project grant awards will cover:

- 50 percent of the first $400,000 of eligible project costs;
- 25 percent of the next $800,000 of eligible project costs; and
- Dam abandonment and removal project grant awards will cover 100 percent of the first $400,000 of eligible project costs.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Cities, towns, villages, counties, tribes, and public inland lake protection and rehabilitation districts (lake districts) may apply for grants to conduct dam maintenance, repair, modification or abandonment and removal on dams that they own.

An applicant must own the entire dam or have permanent legal access for operation and maintenance to the specific piece of land on which the dam is physically located.

Private dam owners are not eligible to apply.

Dams that are inspected, approved and licensed by a federal agency under 18 CFR Part 12 are not eligible to receive funding. (NR 335.02(2)(b))

Pre-Application Information:


- A fully completed application and all required attachments must be received on or before close of business on February 28, 2020 in order to be considered for funding.
- March through mid-May: Application review, scoring and ranking.
- June 1: Priority funding notification letters mailed.
- June: DNR water management engineers (WME) meet with applicants receiving a commitment for funding.
- June – December 1st: Grant applicant must submit online a permit application to reconstruct/repair or remove (including plans and specifications) the dam.
- Project bids are due within 90 days of the DNR WME plans and specifications approval date.
- The grant award agreement will be issued after the DNR WME bid approval notification to the applicant.

Mail or hand-deliver the completed application. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted – due to the generally large size of the dam grant application attachments.

Applicants must have an Engineer’s inspection order or directive and a Dam Failure Analysis sufficient to identify the hazard potential based on the current development in the hydraulic shadow downstream of the dam.

For dams to be removed, it is required to submit a delineation of the 100-year floodplain upstream of the dam with the dam removed. These studies need to be conducted to the standards of chs. NR 333 and NR 116, Wis. Adm. Codes. It is strongly recommended that your engineering consultant contact Tanya Lourigan, State Dam Safety Engineer, prior to starting any analyses. Tanya can be also be contacted for information on how to hire a consultant to do this work.

For additional requirements, scroll down mid-way on the URL for Full Text and click on the "Applying" tab.

The Municipal Dam grant program provides a cost-sharing opportunity. Funding sources outside the applicant's own resources can be used toward the local match for this grant.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send applications to:

Wisconsin DNR
Municipal Dam Grant Manager - CF/2
PO Box 7921
101 S. Webster Street
Madison, WI 53707-7921

If the application is hand-carried to the Department, deliver it to the DNR Customer Service Center, 1st floor, State Natural Resources Building, 101 S. Webster Street, Madison, WI and make sure the application gets stamped with the date of delivery.

For technical assistance, or for questions, contact:
Tanya Lourigan, State Dam Safety Engineer

For grant administration assistance, contact:
Kari Beetham, Grant Manager

You may also contact:
Meg Galloway, Dams and Flood Plain Section Chief

To submit a permit application online to reconstruct/repair or remove the dam, see

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