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Floodplains by Design

Floodplains by Design is our primary grant program for projects that help communities live better in their floodplain. Floodplains by Design is a partnership of local, state, federal, and private organizations focused on coordinating investment in and strengthening the integrated management of floodplain areas through Washington. Floodplains are vital to the ecological health of the state. They are critical to the economic vitality, cultural heritage, and quality of life provided by our region—from salmon, to farmland and commercial development, and recreational opportunities.

Local organizations with Floodplains by Design grants are working on projects that are multi-benefit: both reducing flood hazards to communities and restoring natural functions of Washington’s rivers and their floodplains. These projects bring together many different uses in the floodplain to benefit the entire community and ecosystem, improve flood protection for towns and farms, restore salmon habitats, improve water quality, and enhance outdoor recreation.

Funding cycle

  • Amount of funding available: Varies - determined by the state Legislature
  • Funding allocated:
  • Grant award limit: Achievable in two to three years
  • Amount of matching funds required: 20 percent
Application information

Applications are currently being accepted.

App Period Delayed - Estimated Dates:

Start date: Mar 21, 2018
End date: Jun 15, 2018

March 21, 2018:  After a review of pre-applications, the following projects were invited to submit full applications for funding in the 2019-21 state fiscal years:

CTUIR NF Touchet
Ellensburg Reecer Crk.
City of Kent Downey Farm
King Co. Lones Levee
King Co. Willowmoor
Kittitas Co. Upper Yakima
Skagit R. Coop Barnaby Reach
Whatcom Co. Nooksack River
Yakima Co. Cowiche Crk.
Yakima Co. Gap 2 Gap
Town of Hamilton Floodplain A & R
Hood Canal SEG L. Big Quilcene 2
Mason CD Skokomish
City of North Bend SF Snoqualmie
Pierce Co. Floodplains for future
Skagit Co. Colony Crk
Snohomish Co. SLS in Snohomish Basin
Stillaguamish Tribe Stillaguamish IFM
Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe Dungeness/Hurd Crk.
City of Montesano Wynoochee
Walla Walla CD Mill Creek
City of Snoqualmie Riverfront Acq. & Bank Stabilization
Who's eligible Eligible project types

Additional information about this funding program

Due to delays in the release of the State Capital budget and related schedule changes, we are modifying our timeline for full 2019-2021 applications. 

We will notify the list of invited applicants once the Ecology Grants and Loans (EAGL) system is ready to accept applications.  We anticipate that will occur in late April.  The deadline for submitting the full applications may also be extended, depending on the impact to our overall schedule.