King County Flood Control District offering over $3 million in grants

The King County Flood Control District is now accepting applications for its flood reduction grant program.

$3.19 million in grant funding will be available for projects that reduce the impact of flooding.

The deadline to apply for a 2018 grant is May 25, and the program targets flood reduction projects throughout King County.

“This program provides an excellent opportunity for communities and organizations throughout the county to obtain funding for innovative efforts that address flood risks,” said Reagan Dunn, chair of the King County Flood Control District. “I encourage those organizations that might have a fundable project to apply.”

To qualify for funding, projects must provide a flood reduction benefit so that it directly addresses existing or potential flooding. Projects that achieve multiple benefits are encouraged. Typical projects might include:

  • Addressing surface water overflows and flooding from creeks and lakes due to outflow blockage or undersized/failing culverts or pipes.
  • Clearing clogged agricultural drainage systems.
  • Improving inadequate or failing stormwater systems that are causing flooding or slope instability.
  • Addressing flooding of roads due to increased stormwater runoff.
  • Assessing existing conditions as part of the creation of a lake management district.

The Flood Control District is specifically interested in reaching homeowner associations, nonprofit organizations, schools, special purpose districts, tribes, cities, towns and agencies in King County.

There is no cap on the individual award amount. Past grants have ranged from $11,000 to $400,000. Matching funds are encouraged but not required.

Expenditure of the funds must be completed no later than 36 months after signing the grant agreement. More information about criteria, eligibility and application assistance can be found at kingcountyfloodcontrol.org

Interested parties should contact Kim Harper at 206-477-6079 or [email protected] and include “Flood Reduction Grant Application” in the subject line.

The King County Flood Control District is a special purpose government created to provide funding and policy oversight for flood protection projects and programs in King County.  The Flood Control District’s Board is composed of the members of the King County Council. The Water and Land Resources Division of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks develops and implements the approved flood protection projects and programs. Information is available at kingcountyfloodcontrol.org.

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