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Dam & Project Eligibility

Eligible dams must be classified as "high hazard potential" in the National Inventory of Dams (NID), but they also must meet the following criteria.

Eligible Dams

The following dams are eligible for FY21 HHPD funding.

  • Located in a state or territory with a dam safety program.
  • Classified as “high hazard potential” by the state/territory dam safety agency in the state or territory in which the dam is located.
  • Has an Emergency Action Plan (EAP)-approved state or territory dam safety program or is in conformance with state or territory law and pending approval by the relevant state or territory dam safety agency.
  • Located in a jurisdiction with a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan that includes dam risk.
  • Fails to meet minimum state/territory dam safety standards and pose an unacceptable risk to the public.

Ineligible Dams

The following dams are not eligible for FY21 HHPD funding.

  • A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-licensed hydroelectric dam under a hydropower project with an authorized installed capacity of greater than 1.5 megawatts.
  • Federally owned dams.
  • Dams built under the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture.

Eligible Projects

The following projects are eligible for FY21 HHPD funding.

For Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21), the HHPD Grant Program will provide assistance for technical, planning, and design activities toward:

  • Repair
  • Removal, OR
  • Structural/nonstructural rehabilitation of eligible high hazard potential dams

Risk Prioritization Projects

Developing a risk prioritization process and doing a portfolio analysis are both eligible activities under the HHPD Grant Program.

Additional studies to include environmental studies, feasibility studies, and preliminary engineering studies are also eligible activities. Floodplain management plans and operation, and maintenance plans are also allowable.

Ineligible Projects

The following projects are not eligible for FY21 HHPD funding.

  • Construction activities
  • Rehabilitation a federal dam
  • Performance of routine operation or maintenance of a dam
  • Modification of a dam to produce hydroelectric power
  • Increase of water supply storage capacity
  • Any other modification to a dam that does not also improve the safety of the dam

Hazard Mitigation Plans

Funding is not available from the HHPD Grant Program to update the state, local, or tribal mitigation plan to include all dam risks.

Relocation of Downstream Hazards

If it is determined that it is more cost effective to remove downstream hazards, applicants should consult with your FEMA regional point of contact to determine other appropriate grant options.