On February 21, 2017, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced the availability of $1.2 million in grants to dam owners and local governments from the Virginia Dam Safety, Flood Prevention and Protection Assistance Fund. The deadline to apply for grants in this cycle is 4 p.m., March 31, 2017. The grant manual is available (as a Word document) online at www.dcr.virginia.gov/form/DCR199-219.docx.
Following is an excerpt from the DCR’s news release on the grants:
“The [grant] fund is managed by the Virginia Resources Authority on behalf of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. All grants are reimbursements and require a 50 percent match. The maximum amount per grant will be determined based on amounts requested from eligible projects, application scores and available funds. …Grants are offered in two categories:
1) Dam safety grants are available to private dam owners and local governments for dams that have been under a regular or conditional certificate during the past 12 months. If the applicant’s dam is not under a certificate, detailed documentation must be provided to demonstrate the steps being taken to bring the dam under certificate. Grants may be used for dam break inundation zone analysis, mapping and digitization; probable maximum precipitation impact analysis and certification; hazard classification analysis; emergency action plan development; spillway capacity analysis; dam engineering and design activities; and other projects as specified in the grant manual.
2) Flood prevention and protection grants are available to local governments and can be used for community outreach and educational programs; ordinance development and revision; development of flood cost reduction and resiliency standards; locality flood warning and response systems; or improvements to floodplain programs.
More information is available in the grant manual (at the link mentioned above), or phone (804) 371-6095.
More information the DCR’s Dam Safety and Floodplains Program is available online at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/dam-safety-and-floodplains/.
Source: Grants available for dam and floodplain projects, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation News Release, 2/21/17.