On January 24, 2018, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced the availability of grants for 2018 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 30, 2018. 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 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:
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.
“Flood prevention and protection grants are available to local governments and can be used for hydrologic and hydraulic studies of floodplains to improve the accuracy of flood maps and better determine flood risk, development of flood hazard mitigation strategies and plans, development of flood prevention and protection studies, and other projects as specified in the grant manual.”
More information on th eDCR’s Dam Safety and Floodplains Program is available online at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/dam-safety-and-floodplains/; or phone (804) 371-6095.
Source: Grants Available for Dam and Floodplain Projects, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation News Release, 1/24/18.