VEM Flood Resilient Communities Fund: Applications due Oct 29

VEM is soliciting applications under a brand-new grant program: Flood Resilient Communities Fund. The focus of this program is flood mitigation work that does not fit under the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grants. RPCs, nonprofits, and municipalities are all eligible applicants. The focus of this funding is briefly outlined below:

  • Flood-vulnerable structure and buyout projects:
    NOTE: 100% funding will be available for buyouts that are not FEMA-eligible.
    • Buyouts of developed properties that are outside of the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) but with flood risk.
    • Purchasing vacant, at-risk parcels to prevent potential future development with flood risk.
    • Purchasing vacant, developable parcels to conserve existing headwater storage and prevent future downstream flooding.
  • Natural resource projects:
    • Restoring natural floodplain access to improve floodplain function.
    • Dam removal projects that have the benefit of reducing flood risk.


The first round and a basic application intake form will be due October 29, 2021 – which is coming up fast. You can view the application form here.