Floodplain Management, Protection, and Risk Awareness Grant Program
The Floodplain Management, Protection and Risk Awareness (FMPRA) Grant Program supports local agency efforts to prepare for flooding by providing financial assistance for flood risk reduction activities related to stormwater flooding, mudslides, and flash floods. The Program supports both the Public Safety Initiative announced by Governor Brown's Administration in February 2017 and the Headwaters to Floodplains (H2F) Flood Safety Partnership Program.
The program was established in 2019 by the State Legislature and Governor Gavin Newsom through Assembly Bill 74, which also authorized the use of funds from Proposition 68: The California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Fund Act of 2018 of Senate Bill No. 5. $25 million is currently available for the program.
Program Schedule and Key Dates
|Milestone or Activity||Dates|
|Listening Session: Local Agencies||October 20, 2020|
|Draft Guidelines and PSP 45-Day Public Comment Period||Winter 2020|
60-Day Comment Period Opens for Floodplain Management, Protection, and Risk Awareness Grant Program Draft Guidelines and PSP
The California Department of Water Resources is pleased to announce the release of the Floodplain Management, Protection, and Risk Awareness Grant Program draft guidelines and proposal solicitation and ranking process (PSP) for a 60-day public comment period. This is a statewide program that will implement flood risk reduction projects to reduce flooding associated with stormwater flooding, mudslides, and flash floods. Up to $25 million is available through Proposition 68 (2018).
The public comment period began on December 23, 2020, and it will close at 5:00 P.M. on February 22, 2021.
Following the review of public comments, DWR will release the final Program Guidelines and PSP to begin the solicitation period. Comments can be submitted by one of the following methods:
Send comments to FMPRA@water.ca.gov.
2.Hard Copy via U.S. Mail
Floodplain Management, Protection, and Risk Awareness Program
Attn: Mehdi Mizani Department of Water Resources
3464 El Camino Avenue, Suite 200
Sacramento CA, 95821
DWR will host a series of public meetings to provide information about the draft Program Guidelines and PSP and provide an opportunity to submit comments. Dates and details will be announced on the program webpage when they are available.
If you have any questions during the public comment period, contact us at FMPRA@water.ca.gov.
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DWR hosted a listening session for local agencies on October 20, 2020, to gather input from potential grant applicants to better understand the current implementation, planning, and monitoring needs related to stormwater, mudslide and flash-flood projects.
DWR prepared a list of questions that were discussed during the listening session. Interested parties could provide their answers to these questions prior to the meeting via the email provided below, which were incorporated into the discussion, or be prepared to discuss these topics during the listening session.
Questions Asked During the Floodplain Management, Protection, and Risk Awareness Program Listening Session
Objective: Provide local assistance to projects that reduce flood risks related to stormwater, mudslide, and flash flood-related protections.
- What opportunities for collaboration do you foresee on projects that reduce risks on alluvial fans?
- We are considering mudslide and/or flash flood risk reduction project types that construct or repair flow barriers/diversion structures, debris basins, clearing of debris basins due to past events (including post-fire), early warning systems, or acquisition and relocation programs. Does this list adequately address your anticipated need for these types of projects?
- Do you have a need for studying, mapping, or planning to understand your jurisdiction’s needs for these types of projects? If so, what type of planning and monitoring activities do you envision?
- Projects that benefit a disadvantaged community will receive priority points during the evaluation process. What are the current needs of the disadvantaged communities in your jurisdiction related to stormwater, mudslide, and flash flood projects?
- Are there geographic areas you would recommend that DWR focus on? If so, which areas and what type of flood risks are these areas experiencing?
- Is there any additional information that you would like to share with DWR toward funding relevant projects with this grant program?
- What is the best way for DWR to solicit input from you and other key stakeholders?
California State Grant Portal