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Municipal Dam Grant Program

Grants to Wisconsin Municipalities for Dam
Maintenance, Repair, Modification, or Abandonment

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Deadline Date:

04/30/18 Receipt by Close of Business (4:30 PM)


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Grants to Wisconsin local government agencies for construction and engineering projects related to municipal-owned dams. Eligible projects include dam reconstruction and medication to enhance safety, dam repair, and dam removal or abandonment. The owner of the dam must have the inspection directives or an administrative order that requires the dam safety project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166535

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The Municipal Dam grant program provides a maximum of $400,000.

Term of Contract:

All construction performed on an eligible project shall be completed within one year from the date of the grant award unless the department extends that period for good cause.

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.

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))

Ownership: 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.

Pre-Application Information:

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.

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.

A fully completed application and all required attachments must be received on or before close of business (4:30 PM) on April 30, 2018 in order to be considered for funding.

Dam failure analysis studies need to be conducted to the standards of chs. NR 333 and NR 116, Wis. Adm. Codes. It is strongly recommend that your engineering consultant contact Bill Sturtevant prior to starting any analyses. Bill can be also be contacted for information on how to hire a consultant to do this work.

-November 13, 2017: Open Municipal Dam Grant Application Period
-April 30, 2018: Applications Due
-May 15, 2018: Notice of Incomplete Application
-June 14, 2018: Deadline to comply with application deficiencies, omissions or errors.
-June 29, 2018: Priority Funding Rank List Established
-By July 5, 2018: Applicants are Notified
-January 2, 2019: Plans & Specifications (P&S) submitted to DNR Water Management Engineer (WME)
-As Workload Permits: DNR WME Approval of P&S
-Within 90 days of DNR P&S approval: Submit construction bids to DNR WME for review and approval.
-As Workload Permits: DNR WME Bid Approval
-Within 30 Days of Bid Approval: Grant Award Issuance
-1 year from Priority Ranking List Notification: Applicant has met required submittal deadlines for P&S and bids OR has requested in writing a variance from the prescribed deadlines.
-1 Year from Date of Grant Award: Project Completion
-Upon Project Completion: Dam Owner Approves project as Complete
-Within 60 Days of Receiving As- Constructed P&S, Inspection Reports and Engineer’s Certification: DNR WME Conducts Final Construction Inspection
-Within 30 Days of DNR Final Inspection: DNR WME Issues Project Completion Approval Letter
-Within 90 Days of Project Completion: Submit Payment Reimbursement Request

Contact Information:

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

For technical assistance, contact:

Bill Sturtevant, State Dam Safety Engineer

Meg Galloway, Dams and Floodplain Section Chief

For grant administration assistance, contact:

Kari Beetham, Grant Manager

Applicants may begin to submit complete grant applications to:

DNR, Grant Manager/CF2
101 S. Webster
Madison, WI 53703

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Wisconsin