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Flood Hazard Risk Reduction and Resiliency Grant Program

Please check this website routinely.  Grant Program Updates and Frequently Asked Questions will be posted here in red as necessary.

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The Office of Flood Hazard Risk Reduction Measures has been allocated Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery  (CDBG-DR) funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development  (HUD) to fund projects or improvements that reduce storm surge or flood risk.

Notice of Funding Availability: 
A Notice of Funding Availability was published in the November 3, 2014 New Jersey Register.  A copy of this notice has been translated to Spanish.

Rounds of Funding:
The application period for Round 2 of funding opened on October 20, 2015 and will close on April 20, 2016.  A total of $25 million in grants will be awarded in Round 2. More information, including the paper versions of the grant application and scoring sheets, can be found on the Grant Guidance page.  Only electronic applications will be considered for grant funding.  The electronic application will become available online on December 15, 2015.  

Round 1 was announced in December 2014. A total of 5 projects were in total awarded over $18 million to complete their respective projects. More information on Round 1 can be found here, or at the textbox below.

Eligibility: 
Municipalities and counties in one of the nine counties (Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Union Counties) most affected by Superstorm Sandy, as determined by HUD. Regional coordination on projects is encouraged.

Round 1 Information:
Press Releases
Awards Information

Funding Categories:

  • Coastal Lakes (e.g. surge reduction, increased discharge capacity)
  • Flood Risk Reduction Infrastructure (e.g. levees, tide gates, flood barriers)
  • Stormwater Management (e.g. pump stations, capacity increase, storage areas)
  • Beneficial Use of Dredge Material

Application and Funding Requirements:
Funding is provided through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program.  HUD CDBG-DR requirements must be followed as a condition of funding, as set forth in the Round 2 application.

Questions can be submitted to Rebecca.Jones@dep.nj.gov by December 1, 2015.  Answers will be posted under Frequently Asked Questions.

Round 2 Application Timeline (Please regularly check back at the top of this page for more current information):

October 20, 2015 – Round 2 Announcement is Publicly Released

INFORMATION SESSIONS (Directions)

October 30, 2015 – Northern Information Session 1:00-2:30 PM  New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (formerly the Meadowlands Commission) Auditiorium, DeKorte Park, Lyndhurst, NJ
November 12, 2015 – Southern Information Session 10:00 – 11:30AM  Batsto Village Auditorium, Wharton State Forest, Rt.542, Batsto, NJ
November 19, 2015 – Central Information Session 10:00 – 11:30AM Monmouth Battlefield Visitors Center, Monmouth Battlefield State Park, 16 Business Route 33, Manalapan, NJ
Round 2 Outreach Session Powerpoint

December 1, 2015 – Question Period to DEP Closes

December 15, 2015 – Electronic Application Becomes Available

April 20, 2016 – Applications Due

May 20, 2016 – Conditional Awards Announced

Reference Information: