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Monday, May 27, 2024

Virginia Announces Additional Community Flood Preparedness Fund Grant Awards

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RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced $51,757,388 in supplemental awards on Friday from the Virginia Community Flood Preparedness Fund.

The awards were a supplement to the third round of grants announced in September.

“These grants will support important flood protection and resilience efforts for inland and coastal communities across the Commonwealth,” said Acting Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources Travis Voyles. “The impacts of flooding are felt across Virginia and Gov. Youngkin continues to make resiliency and flood mitigation efforts a priority for this administration, as is evidenced by the additional $200 million proposed for the Resilient Virginia Revolving Fund in his recent budget amendments to accelerate results for Virginians.”

The newly funded projects will expand flood prevention and protection projects including mitigation, capacity building, planning and studies throughout Virginia, DCR said.

“Providing applicants with an opportunity to refine their applications during the supplemental review period, along with the release of additional funds, allows Virginia to support critical projects now. We are looking forward to working with communities across Virginia as we develop the next round of the CFPF, and the initial round of the new Resilient Virginia Revolving Fund in 2023,” said DCR Director Matthew Wells.

DCR administers the Virginia Community Flood Preparedness Fund and grant program in cooperation with the Virginia Resources Authority.

The agency anticipates the release of a draft manual for a fourth round of grants and the newly-created Resilient Virginia Revolving Fund in the first quarter of 2023. The draft manuals will be placed on the Virginia Townhall website for a public comment period.

Information on the grants is available at dcr.virginia.gov/dam-safety-and-floodplains/dsfpm-cfpf, and the list of awarded projects is available at dcr.virginia.gov/dam-safety-and-floodplains/dsfpm-cfpf-awards.

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