Flood Damage Reduction: Grant Assistance Program
How Does the Flood Damage Reduction
Grant Assistance Program Help Minnesotans?
The Flood Damage Reduction Grant Assistance Program (FDR) is designed
to mitigate damages due to flooding in rural and urban floodplain areas. The
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) commissioner may also
Eligibility Criteria for Grants make grants to local units of government to conduct studies. These studies
determine the most feasible, practical, and effective methods and programs
Eligible projects. The following project for offsetting the damages due to flooding within flood-prone areas.
types are eligible for FDR grants:
• structural acquisition in the 100-year FDR was established by the 1987 Minnesota Legislature to provide techni-
floodplain cal and financial assistance to local government units for reducing the extent
• levees, ring dikes, and flood walls of flood damages. Under this program, the state makes cost-share grants for
• flood warning systems up to 50 percent of the cost of flood mitigation projects. DNR Waters
• public education workshops coordinates this program for the agency.
• flood insurance studies
• floodplain mapping Classes and Uses of Grants
• comprehensive watershed plans
• flood storage easements Currently two classes of grants are available. Small grants are for projects
• floodplain and river restorations with a total cost of less than or equal to $300,000 (state share less than
• cost share on federal projects $150,000). Small grants are made directly by the DNR from funds appropri-
ated by the legislature. Large grants are for projects with a total cost greater
Eligible local government units. The than $300,000 (state share greater than $150,000). Grant applications are
following local units of government are received and prioritized by the DNR. Grants with state share exceeding
eligible to apply for grants independent of a $150,000 are presented to the governor and the legislature for consideration
Presidential Disaster Declaration: in a capital bonding bill.
• cities and towns
• counties In addition to partnering
• watershed districts and watershed directly with local units of
management organizations government, FDR grants
• lake improvement districts can be used to leverage
• soil and water conservation districts financial and technical
• joint powers organizations com- assistance from other
posed of the above units agencies. DNR Waters and
local units of government
have partnered with the
U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers and Natural ABOVE: Residential area of East Grand Forks
Resources Conservation during the 1997 flood.
Service on federal flood BELOW: Same area after houses were removed.
control projects. After a A park will be developed in this flood-prone area.
disaster, FDR funds can
also be used to leverage
acquisition and hazard
mitigation funding from the
Federal Emergency Man-
agement Agency through
the Division of Emergency
Management of the Minne-
sota Homeland Security
ABOVE: Red dots indicate FDR projects since
1987. A complete list is on DNR Waters’ website.
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Flood Damage Reduction: Grant Assistance Program
Breaking the Flood Damage Cycle
The ravages of flooding can have disastrous effects on peoples’
lives and their community. Participation in the FDR program
enables communities to break the tremendously expensive cycle of
damage and repair and it is extremely cost effective. For example,
the flood control project in Oslo, Minnesota, was built at a total
cost of $2 million, including $100,000 in local funds. This project
ABOVE: Flooding around a building in East Grand has averted damages totaling almost $16 million in 1996 and 1997
Forks in 1997. alone. The FDR program shields people and their communities
BELOW: After construction of a flood wall in 1998. from future disasters.
Flashboards can be inserted between the posts
and above the permanent wall if high water is How Can You Receive FDR Assistance?
If you are a victim of flood damage, contact your local unit of
government for assistance. The local unit of government will
contact the FDR Program Coordinator in St. Paul or your Area
Hydrologist in your region to discuss project needs and eligibility
for assistance. FDR application forms and a workbook for your
local unit of government are available on the DNR Waters’
flood_damage/index.html), as well as a list of FDR projects across
DNR Contact Information
FDR Program Coordinator
500 Lafayette Road, Box 32 ABOVE LEFT: Home design may mitigate flood damage. This
St. Paul, MN 55155-4032 Bayport home survived the 1998 flood (ABOVE) because it
Telephone: (651) 296-4800 was constructed above a garage that allows water to flow
Fax: (651) 296-0445 through the open garage door and service doors without
Area Hydrologists listed on collapsing the walls.
DNR Waters website:
FDR Program information on the DNR Waters website:
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