$10M Grants for Rehabilitation of High-Hazard Dams

FEMA's High Hazard Potential Dams grant provides assistance to dams that are in danger of failing.
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FEMA’s High Hazard Potential Dam grants provide assistance to non-federal dams in danger of failing and threatening human life and water infrastructure.

As part of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act of 2016, a new grant was added to FEMA’s National Dam Safety Program. The Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams grants provides technical, planning, design and construction assistance for high-hazard dams that have the potential to and could result in the loss of human life in the event of failure or misoperation.

For FY 2019, FEMA was appropriated $10 million for the High Hazard Potential Dams grants, and is now accepting applications.

Eligible grant applicants include high-hazard dams:

  • Located in states or territories with dam safety programs
  • Classified as ‘high hazard potential’ by dam safety agencies in states or territories
  • Under emergency action plans approved by states or territorial dam safety agencies
  • Determined to fail to meet minimum dam safety standards, or to pose unacceptable risks to the public, by states or territories

Applications are due July 8.

Questions regarding the Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams Grant Program can be sent to FEMA-NDSP-HHPDGrants@fema.dhs.gov.

Apply for High Hazard Potential Dams grants online at Grants.gov.

Learn more about high-hazard dams resilience and emergency funding and needs:

California Dam Spurs Flood Planning & Emergency Response Funding

Oroville Dam Incident Emergency Website Launched

Department of Interior Flood Grants

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