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Grants available to help municipalities minimize flood damage

Published by Central Office October 3, 2017

Contact(s): Jeff Soellner, DNR grants manager, 608-267-7152

MADISON - Cities, villages, towns, tribal governments and metropolitan sewerage districts are eligible to apply for grants from the Department of Natural Resources to help minimize flooding and flood-related damages.

The recently adopted 2017-2019 Biennial Budget increased available funding for Municipal Flood Control grants to $1.85 million. Combined with funds from the prior grant cycle that were not used by grantees, a total of $2.13 million is available in this grant cycle.

Eligible projects include property acquisition and removal of structures - which due to zoning restrictions cannot be rebuilt - property acquisition and removal of structures in the 100-year floodplain. Additional eligible projects include acquisition of vacant land for flood water control/storage or flood water flowage easement, flood control detention pond and flood studies and flood mapping projects.

Under Wisconsin statutes, no one project may be awarded more than 20 percent of total available funding. So, for the next MFC grant cycle, the largest grant award is now estimated at $426,000.

For application materials and more information search the DNR website for "grants" and click on the button for "find grants" and link for Municipal Flood Control Grant Program for more information.

"The MFC grant program is always competitive; now is the time to start putting together a great application," said Jeff Soellner, DNR grant program coordinator.

Application must include appraisals for land to be acquired and to remove structures and thorough budgets for a development project.

Applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2018.

For more information contact: Jeffrey Soellner, DNR grants manager 608-267-7152; email: jeffrey.soellner@wisconsin.gov, or by mail to: Jeff Soellner - CF/2, WI DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-79211.

Last Revised: Tuesday, October 03, 2017

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