Grant Details

National Dam Safety Program (NDSP)

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)


    The National Dam Safety Program's mission is to reduce risks to lives, property, and the environment from dam failure by guiding public policy and leveraging industry best practices across the dam safety community. The National Dam Safety Program supports FEMA Strategic Goal 1: Build a Culture of Preparedness and FEMA Strategic Goal 2: Ready the National for Catastrophic Disasters.

    The objectives of the Program are to:

    • Ensure that new and existing dams are safe through the development of technologically and economically feasible programs and procedures for national dam safety hazard reduction;
    • Encourage acceptable engineering policies and procedures to be used for dam site investigation, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and emergency preparedness;
    • Encourage the establishment and implementation of effective dam safety programs in each State based on State standards;
    • Develop and implement a comprehensive dam safety hazard education and public awareness initiative to assist in preparing for, mitigating, responding to, and recovering from dam incidents;
    • Develop mechanisms with which to provide Federal technical assistance for dam safety to non-Federal dam safety practitioners; and
    • Develop technical assistance materials, seminars, and guidelines to improve security for dams in the United States.

    The program enables statutory state dam safety programs to take precautions that ensure the safety of the dams, such as the development of regulatory authority for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of dams, the undertaking of dam inspections, development of Emergency Action Plans for dams, and educating dam owners and the public about the necessity of dam safety


    History of Funding

    Up to $6,537,620 was available in FY2018 for 51 awards.

    Additional Information

    The allocation of the NDSP state assistance grant is calculated as follows:

    • One-third of the total NDSP grant assistance made available by FEMA will be equally distributed among states eligible for assistance.
    • Two-thirds of the total NDSP grant assistance made available by FEMA will be distributed among states eligible for assistance, in proportion to—
      • The number of dams in the state that are listed as state-regulated dams on the National Inventory of Dams; as compared to
      • The number of dams in all states that are listed as state-regulated dams in the National Inventory of Dams


    FEMA Public Assistance Division

    FEMA Public Assistance Division
    800 K Street NW
    Washington, DC 20472
    (202) 646-3834
    (202) 646-3363

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are state agencies.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by May 23, 2019. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $6,800,000 is available in FY2019 for 51 anticipated awards. Funding is distributed on a formula basis. Project periods will extend up to 12-months, starting August 1, 2019. There is no Cost Match or Cost Share requirement for this program.

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