Small Flood Damage Reduction Projects (CAP Section 205)

Incentive Type:Grant Program
Infrastructure, Technology
Eligible Sector:
Financial Incentive
Time Period:
FY 2015
Governing Body:U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
What’s it worth?:$10 million

Small Flood Damage Reduction Projects (CAP Section 205) provides structural improvements to provide:

  • Flood damage reduction features

– Levees
– Channels
– Dams

  • Nonstructural alternatives

– Flood warning systems
– Raising
– Flood proofing
– Relocation

These projects are executed using a partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and non-federal sponsors. Prioritized projects are those that have not previously been approved by Congress and are not part of a larger project.

Awarded funds are required to be matched up to 50% of project costs. Typical awards range from $50,000 and $8.5 million.  Eligible participants include:

  • Conservation Districts
  • Local Governments
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • State/Territorial Agencies
  • Water and Wastewater Utilities

To apply for assistance eligible participants should submit a letter requesting assistance with a description of the location and problem. A sample letter can be found on the USACE website. The Corps does a preliminary analysis on received applications to identify eligibility and ensure the proposed project meets program requirements. Cost share requirements may be present for project that exceed $100,000. Upon approval the Corps and sponsor will develop an acceptable, cost effective design plan and start construction after the agreement has been signed and returned. An example of a request letter can be found on the website.