New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced $650,000 in grant funding is now available to assist eligible dam owners with technical, planning, design, and other pre-construction activities associated with the rehabilitation of eligible dams classified as High Hazard.
New York State has 425 dams classified as High Hazard.
New York State’s High Hazard dam classification refers to the potential for damage upon a dam’s failure, not its likelihood of failure. A High Hazard (or Class C) dam is classified where failure may result in widespread or serious damage to homes, main highways, industrial or commercial buildings, railroads, and/or important utilities, including water supply, sewage treatment, fuel, power, cable, or telephone infrastructure, or substantial environmental damage, such that the loss of human life or widespread substantial economic loss is likely.
Local governmental entities and municipalities, including but not limited to counties, cities, towns, and villages, and not-for-profit corporations with dam projects in New York State are eligible to apply. Projects must be in a county with an approved hazard mitigation plan. Projects and applicants must meet additional eligibility criteria as described in the Request for Applications. A total of $650,000 in grants is available, with awards up to $100,000 per project.
The deadline for applications is June 11, 2021. Requests for Applications (RFAs) are available online through the NYS Grants Gateway. All grant applicants, including government agencies and not-for-profit corporations, must be registered in the NYS Grants Gateway to be eligible to apply for any state grant opportunity. Not-For-Profit applicants are required to “prequalify” in the Grants Gateway system.
For more information about Grants Gateway, visit the Grants Management website or contact the Grants Gateway Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding is provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) High Hazard Potential Dam (HHPD) grant program.