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King County Flood District now accepting applications for flood reduction grant program

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The King County Flood Control District has more than $3 million in grant funding available in 2017 for projects that target flood-risk reduction along rivers, streams, lakes and other areas.

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The King County Flood Control District announced today theFlood Control Zone District Logo availability of $3.06 million in grant funding for projects that reduce the impact of flooding.

The deadline to apply for a 2017 grant is May 10. The program targets flood reduction projects throughout King County.

“This program provides much-needed funds for communities and organizations in our region to undertake innovative efforts that address flood risks,” said Reagan Dunn, chair of the King County Flood District. “I encourage anyone who believes they have a fundable project to apply.”

To qualify for funding, projects must provide a flood reduction benefit so that it directly addresses existing or potential flooding. Projects that achieve multiple benefits are encouraged. Typical projects might include:

• Addressing surface water overflows and flooding from creeks and lakes due to outflow blockage or undersized/failing culverts or pipes.
• Clearing clogged agricultural drainage systems.
• Improving inadequate or failing stormwater systems that are causing flooding or slope instability.
• Addressing flooding of roads due to increased stormwater runoff.
• Assessing existing conditions as part of the creation of a lake management district.

The Flood Control District is specifically interested in reaching homeowner associations, non-profit organizations, schools, special purpose districts, tribes, cities, towns, and agencies in King County.

There is no cap on the individual award amount. Past grants have ranged from $11,000 to $400,000. Matching funds are encouraged but not required.

Expenditure of the funds must be completed no later than 36 months after signing the grant agreement. More information about criteria, eligibility and application assistance can be found at kingcountyfloodcontrol.org.

Interested parties should contact Kim Harper at 206-477-6079 or kim.harper@kingcounty.gov and include “Flood Reduction Grant Application” in the subject line.

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The King County Flood Control District is a special purpose government created to provide funding and policy oversight for flood protection projects and programs in King County. The Flood Control District’s Board is composed of the members of the King County Council. The Water and Land Resources Division of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks develops and implements the approved flood protection projects and programs. Information is available at www.kingcountyfloodcontrol.org.