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Rehabilitation Of High Hazard Potential Dam (HHPD) Grant Program

The President signed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act or the “WIIN Act,” on December 16, 2016, which adds a new grant program under FEMA’s National Dam Safety Program (33 U.S.C. 467f). Section 5006 of the Act, Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams, provides technical, planning, design, and construction assistance in the form of grants for rehabilitation of eligible high hazard potential dams.

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High Hazard Potential is a classification standard for any dam whose failure or mis-operation will cause loss of human life and significant property destruction.

Grant Awards

The Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams Grant (HHPD) awards provide technical, planning, design and construction assistance in the form of grants for rehabilitation of eligible high hazard potential dams. A state or territory with an enacted dam safety program, the State Administrative Agency, or an equivalent state agency, is eligible for the grant.

Fiscal Year 2024 Fall Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams Funding Opportunity

FEMA allocated $185.1 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for this grant cycle. The funding opportunity opens Nov. 6, and the deadline to apply is Feb. 29, 2024.

The Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams (HHPD) 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 eligible subrecipients, which include non-federal governments and non-profit organizations. This grant program is authorized and funded by the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act.

Eligible high hazard potential dams are defined as non-federal dams:

  • Located in a state or territory with a dam safety program
  • Classified as high hazard potential by the dam safety agency in the state or territory where the dam is located
  • With a current, approved emergency action plan by the state or territorial dam safety agency
  • Failing to meet minimum dam safety standards of the state or territory and poses an unacceptable risk to the public

In a state or territory with an enacted dam safety program, the State Administrative Agency, or an equivalent state agency, is eligible to apply for the HHPD grant.  Each eligible state may submit only one HHPD grant application.

Eligible high hazard potential dams are defined as non-federal dams:

  • Located in a state or territory with a dam safety program
  • Classified as high hazard potential by the dam safety agency in the state or territory where the dam is located
  • With a current, approved emergency action plan by the state or territorial dam safety agency
  • Failing to meet minimum dam safety standards of the state or territory and poses an unacceptable risk to the public

Visit Grants.gov for more information about application eligibility and requirements.

Review a Pre-Award Webinar

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Previous Fiscal Years Grant Awards

All grant award information about the HHPD program, including individual awards for fiscal years 2019-2022 is available on this webpage.

Learn More About the HHPD Grant Program

Explore the details your state, local, tribal and territorial government needs to apply.

Understand what's expected and required of the awardee and FEMA.

Look up definitions for commonly used terms in the grant application and administration process.

Learn about the requirements your dam must meet to receive a grant.

Find guidance for after you have been awarded a grant.

Visit our document library for additional HHPD Grant Resources, including:

  • Policy Guidance
  • Fact Sheets, Checklists and FAQs
  • Cost Share Resources
  • PowerPoint Presentations
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Have questions? Email the HHPD helpline.

Additional Resources

Mitigation Planning Information

Learn more about Hazard Mitigation Planning and How to Create a Mitigation Plan.

Contact Us

  • Questions about the application process: Email the HHPD Helpline.
  • Technical issues with non-disaster (ND) grants: Contact the ND Service Desk by email or call 1-800-865-4076.
  • Questions about requirements for state, local, and/or tribal mitigation plans: Contact your FEMA regional office.