National Dam Safety Program
Both the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP) state assistance grant and the Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams (HHPD) grant programs improve the safety of dams in the United States and strive to achieve the key objective of ?national dam safety hazard reduction. Both grant programs implement the Department of Homeland Security and PPD-8 objective of hazard mitigation, to develop and maintain those capabilities necessary to reduce the loss of lives and property by lessening the impact of the failure of dams. NDSP State Assistance Grant Program The NDSP accomplishes this objective by supporting state and U.S. territory governments in the development and maintenance of dam safety programs, and enabling states and U.S. territories to take precautions that ensure the safety of the dams, such as the development of regulatory authority for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of dams, the undertaking of dam inspections, and development of Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) for dams. Rehabilitation of HHPD Grant Program The HHPD grant program accomplishes this objective by providing technical, planning, design, and construction assistance in the form of grants to non-Federal governmental organizations or nonprofit organizations. The grants will be used for planning for rehabilitation of eligible high hazard potential dams to address risk and bring the dams into compliance with state dam safety regulations.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
Expect a 3% increase in the national total of High Hazard Potential dams with emergency action plans. Expect a 3% increase in the national total of High Hazard Potential dams receiving inspections. 2% increase in the national total of High Hazard Potential dams with emergency action plans 1% increase in the national total of High Hazard Potential dams receiving inspectionsFiscal Year 2017
Expect a 3% increase (over the FY 2016 results) in the national total of High Hazard Potential dams with emergency action plans. Expect a 3% increase (over the FY 2016 results) in the national total of High Hazard Potential dams receiving inspections.Fiscal Year 2018
3% increase in the national total of High Hazard Potential dams with emergency action plans 3% increase in the national total of High Hazard Potential dams receiving inspections
National Dam Safety Program Act Pub. L. 92–367, §8, as added Pub. L. 104–303, title II, §215(c)(8), Oct. 12, 1996, 110 Stat. 3688 ; amended Pub. L. 107–310, §3(a)–(e)(1), (f), (g), Dec. 2, 2002, 116 Stat. 2450 , 2451; Pub. L. 109–460, §1(c), Dec. 22, 2006, 120 Stat. 3401 ; Pub. L. 113–121, title III, §3001(a)(1), (c), June 10, 2014, 128 Stat. 1282.), 33 U.S.C. 467f
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
All States and U.S. territories with a legislated and approved dam safety program are eligible for the National Dam Safety Program Assistance.
The State Dam Safety Program Office of eligible States.
NDSP State Assistance Grant Program For a State to be eligible for assistance under the NDSP program, the state must be working toward and/or developing a dam safety program that 1) is authorized and budgeted by State legislation and 2) includes, at a minimum, the 10 specified criteria and budgeting requirements outlined in the program guidance. For complete information, refer to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) FY2019 National Dam Safety Program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program. Rehabilitation of HHPD Grant Program For a state to be eligible for assistance under the HHPD program, the state must submit a list of all eligible dams in that state. For each eligible dam, the state must submit official documentation that the dam owner has been notified of the deficiencies and unacceptable risk to the public that make the dam eligible for HHPD grant funding. Official documentation must be on official state or state dam safety program letterhead and may include official citations issued from the state dam safety program to the dam owner. See the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) FY 2019 Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams (HHPD) for specific details.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.
FEMA makes the award to the State Dam Safety Program Office. Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS/FEMA program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
How are proposals selected?
Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.
How may assistance be used?
For costs associated with the establishment and maintenance of effective State dam safety programs. Restrictions: Funds may only be used for the purposes set forth in the grant and must be consistent with the statutory authority for the award. Funds may not be used for matching funds for other Federal grants or cooperative agreements. Funds may not be used for lobbying, or intervention in federal regulatory or adjudicatory proceedings. Funds awarded under this grant may not be used to construct or repair any Federal or non-Federal dam. In addition, funds may not be used to sue the Federal government or any other government entity. Federal employees are prohibited from serving in any capacity (paid or unpaid) on any proposal submitted under this program. Federal employees may not receive funds under this award. Federal funds may not be comingled with State funds. Pre-award costs are allowable only with the written consent of DHS and such costs must be reflected in the award agreement. For complete information on Uses and Restrictions, refer to program guidance. Eligible applicants are States, as defined by the National Dam Safety Program Act. This includes the 50 States of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and any other territory or possession of the United States that has a legislated dam safety program. Eligible states and territories must be working toward and/or developing a State dam safety program that is 1) authorized and budgeted by State or territory legislation and 2) includes, at a minimum, the 10 specified criteria and budgeting requirements outlined in the program guidance. For complete information regarding applicant eligibility and the 10 specified criteria and budgeting requirements refer to program guidance.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Refer to program guidance.
These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.
Grant records shall be retained for a period of three (3) years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular three (3) year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title National Dam Safety Program Act Public Law 92-367 National Dam Safety Program Act
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information:
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Refer to National Dam Safety Program Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement. Refer to National Dam Safety Program Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
James E. Demby, Jr. PE
400 C Street S.W.
Washington, DC 20472 US
Gokhan Inci, PhD, PE, PEng, PMP
400 C Street S.W.
Washington, DC 20472 USA
202) 436 1721
(Project Grants) FY 18$6,800,000.00; FY 19 est $17,000,000.00; FY 20 est $17,000,000.00; FY 17$7,500,000.00; FY 16$7,500,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Refer to program guidance.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
FEMA Performance Office of Partnership Agreement and Cooperative Agreement guidance, Office of Financial Management Modular Instruction, FEMA's National Dam Safety Program Implementation Plan (September 97).
Examples of Funded Projects