FEMA Accepting Applications for High Hazard Potential Dam Grants

May 19, 2020 | What's New

On May 8, FEMA released the Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dam Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity. The grant program is authorized and funded by the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act.

The grant program provides technical, planning, design and construction assistance in the form of grants for the rehabilitation of eligible high hazard potential dams. Eligible applicants must be non-federal sponsors, which include non-federal governments and non-profit organizations.

Eligible non-federal dams are:

  • Located in a state or territory with a state or territorial dam safety program.
  • Classified as ‘high hazard potential’ by the dam safety agency in the state or territory where the dam is located.
  • Have an approved emergency action plan by the state or territorial dam safety agency.
  • Located in a state or territory which determines either of these criteria – the dam fails to meet minimum dam safety standards of the state or territory and the dam poses an unacceptable risk to the public.

In a state or territory with an enacted dam safety program, the state agency is eligible to apply for the grant. Each eligible state may submit only one grant application. Non-federal sponsors can review the Notice of Funding Opportunity announcement on and apply by the June 26 deadline.

For more information about the Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams Grant Program, visit the FEMA website.