Apply for funding to invest in infrastructure to protect communities from flooding: Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program

The Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program promotes investment in infrastructure needed to protect communities from flooding. Municipalities can apply for funding from the Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program to support studies needed to understand flooding or construction of infrastructure to protect against floods. You can apply until 29 June 2021.

Apply for funding from the Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program to support investment in infrastructure needed to protect communities from flooding.

You need to use the funding to create:

  • river training and floodway improvements
  • floodwater containment and flood intensity mitigation
  • studies including mapping to identify flood-prone areas and identification of potential solutions to mitigate flood impacts

You can use the funding to invest in infrastructure not owned by a municipality if you demonstrate that everyone who owns the infrastructure agrees on the project. You can’t use funding for stormwater management.

Projects that include collaborating with multiple municipalities or have beneficial impacts for larger populations are given priority.

Funding amount

The Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program may fund up to 50% of eligible project costs for each project. The applicant or other sources need to fund the remaining balance of the project.

Eligible project costs

Eligible project costs include:

  • engineering work including preliminary engineering studies, costs for preparing design drawings and specifications, and costs of construction inspection and administration
  • costs of construction and equipment according to the plans and specifications
  • costs of acquiring land and property easements

Ineligible project costs include:

  • interim financing costs
  • costs for stormwater management
  • employment costs
  • equipment and furniture purchases

Reporting requirements

If you receive funding from the Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program, you need to submit a project closeout report and financial log within 60 days of completing the project. You also need to confirm that you met the project outcomes.

Accessing the funding

The Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program provides up to 50% of the funding at the start of the project. Municipalities receive the remaining funding when they complete the project and the Department of Municipal Affairs approves your project closeout report.

Eligibility

Only municipalities can apply for funding.

The application needs to demonstrate the project’s potential to reduce flood risks and community vulnerability. It should also show that stakeholders, like neighbouring municipalities, provincial and federal government departments, private sector and homeowners, support the project.

All municipalities involved in the project need to have filed all reporting for any previous projects with the Department of Municipal Affairs.

Only money spent on project costs after the date of your project approval is eligible for funding.

You need to apply for funding by 29 June 2021.

How to apply

  1. Review detailed program criteria in the Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program Application Guide.
  2. Contact the Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program to discuss your project idea.
  3. Apply online for the funding.
  4. Check the application for details on all required supporting documents.
  5. Submit your completed application and supporting documents.
  6. Department of Municipal Affairs reviews your application after the submission deadline (this can take 6 to 8 weeks).
  7. Check your application status in the Grants Management System.

How long it takes

It should take 6 to 8 weeks for the Department of Municipal Affairs to review your funding application and let you know if your funding application is approved. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your application hasn’t been filled in correctly.

Cost

There is no cost to apply for the funding, but you need to provide funding (from 1 or more sources) to fund the balance of the project.

Before you start

Make sure you have:

  • relevant studies to support the project
  • council resolutions from all participating municipalities

Apply online

When you apply online you need to know your Grants Management System username and password. You get these from the chief administrative officer (CAO) or clerk of your municipality. Or contact the Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program.

Once you sign in to your Grants Management System account, you also need to upload any required supporting documents in PDF format. You can do this by scanning the documents or taking pictures of them.

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