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Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program

The 2016 and 2018 floods were devastating for residents and business owners across the county. Many of these homes and businesses would benefit from flood mitigation projects that aim to protect their properties or business assets from future disasters. The “Flood Mitigation Assistance Program” offers matching grants to fund flood mitigation projects in specified flood zone areas.

This grant program is available to property owners in the Plumtree, Little Plumtree, Bonnie Branch, Tiber-Hudson, and New Cut watersheds for improvements to their primary buildings or structural stream crossings only. These watersheds specifically include the following Ellicott City communities: Valley Mede, Chatham, Dunloggin, Historic Ellicott City and communities off Frederick Road, Old Columbia Pike, Bonnie Branch Road, and New Cut Road. The county will match 50 percent of flood proofing costs up to a maximum match of $5,000 for property owners and $2,500 for business owners. Businesses must be in good standing with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation.

Click here to apply for the flood mitigation assistance grant!

Eligible Projects

Examples of eligible projects that could be done on structures could include flood doors, sealant, relocation of HVAC units, shields, and drainage systems.* Additional examples of eligible projects can be found in this report by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Examples of projects that business owners could undertake include innovative protection projects designed to increase the flood resilience of their business, merchandise, and/or equipment.

*Projects will be evaluated by the county on a case by case basis for eligibility.

Pre-submission Meetings

Two pre-submission meetings are scheduled for Wednesday September 2, 2020, and Thursday, September 10, 2020, at 7 pm virtually on WebEx. Users can sign up for these events by clicking the Registrations Links below and then selecting the “Register” link on the left side of the page.

 

Users can call into the events with the phone number 1-650-479-3207 (US/Canada). Users who would like to ask questions during the events should logon to the events using a computer.                                  

September 10, 2020

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Presubmission Meetings Presentation

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When are the grant applications due?


The applications are due 11:59 pm, Friday October 9, 2020. All grants must be filed electronically through our online portal.




What will be the maximum amount of the grant?


The county will match 50 percent of flood proofing costs up to a maximum match of $5,000 for property owners and $2,500 for business owners. will match 50% of the project cost but no more than $5,000.




When will the grants be awarded?


All grants will be awarded on or before Monday, November 2, 2020.




Will there be a meeting to explain the grant in more detail and answer questions?


Yes. There are two pre-submission meetings scheduled for Wednesday, September 2, 2020 and Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm virtually on WebEx. Users can sign up for these events by clicking the Registration Links above and then selecting the “Register” link on the left side of the page.

Users can call into the events with the phone number 1-650-479-3207 (US/Canada). Users who would like to ask questions during the events should logon to the events using a computer.




How do I know if my structure is eligible for the grant?


In order for your structure to be eligible for the grant it must:

Lie within the Plumtree, Little Plumtree, Bonnie Branch, Tiber-Hudson, and New Cut watersheds. These watersheds specifically include the following Ellicott City communities: Valley Mede, Chatham, Dunloggin, Historic Ellicott City and communities off Frederick Road, Old Columbia Pike, Bonnie Branch Road and New Cut Road, and;

Be a primary residential or commercial structure or a structural stream crossing in Flood Zones A, AE or Shaded X. These are designations from the FEMA flood insurance rate maps. Please visit https://data.howardcountymd.gov/gdfirm/main_Web.aspx. Click Effective Floodplain Data, then Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map. Enter the street address. The structure must intersect Flood Zone A, AE or Shaded X.




Besides filling out the application, what other information will need to be submitted?


The grant application must include an application form, an elevation certificate, a flood protection proposal, cost estimate, and if applicable, a flood insurance quote noting the difference between your current and proposed premiums. If your property lies within the Ellicott City Historic District, you must also include advisory comments or an approval from the Historic Preservation Commission. Grant applications within Historic Ellicott City will not be processed without it. These documents must be uploaded and submitted at the same time as the application. Please see the application for directions on how to upload forms.




If my structure is in the Ellicott City Historic District, will I need to submit my project to the Historic Preservation Commission for review and approval?


Yes. Please visit https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Planning-and-Zoning/Conservation-and-Preservation/Historic for forms, applications and further information. If you will not receive HPC approval before the application deadline, submit advisory comments. A project in Historic Ellicott City cannot be awarded without HPC approval.




What types of projects qualify for the grant?


Examples of eligible projects could include flood doors, sealant, relocation of HVAC units, shields, improvements to structural stream crossings/driveways, and drainage systems. Eligible projects for businesses could include innovative protection projects designed to increase the flood resistance or resilience of their business, merchandise, and/or equipment. Projects will be evaluated by the county on a case by case basis for eligibility.




Can the grant money be used for reparis or work performed before August 27, 2020?


Yes. Qualifying work performed after July 1, 2018, will be considered for an award.




How will the grant money be disbursed?


After an award is made to an applicant and all necessary building permits and other approvals have been obtained, as required, work may begin. Invoices for the work, a W-9 form, and a New Vendor Form shall be submitted to the Stormwater Management Division electronically at stormwater@howardcountymd.gov. The work will be subject to inspection. Once the invoice is approved, it will be processed for payment minus the applicant’s 50 percent cost share up to the grant maximum match amount.




Will monetary change orders be allowed?


Unfortunately, no monetary change orders will be allowed.




How long will I have to complete the project?


You must complete the project within one year of the date of award.




Will no-cost time extending change orders be allowed?


Yes, however, they will be evaluated on a case by case basis and only with a strong and compelling rationale.




What if I have additional questions after the pre-submission meeting?


If you have questions after the pre-submission meeting, you may contact us at stormwater@howardcountymd.gov.




What types of businesses would quality for the grant?


In order for a business to be eligible for the grant it must:

Be a business in good standing with the State Department of Assessments and Taxation.

Lie within the Plumtree, Little Plumtree, Bonnie Branch, Tiber-Hudson, and New Cut watersheds. These watersheds specifically include the following Ellicott City communities: Valley Mede, Chatham, Dunloggin, Historic Ellicott City and communities off Frederick Road, Old Columbia Pike, Bonnie Branch Road and New Cut Road.

Be a primary commercial structure in Flood Zones A, AE or Shaded X. These are designations from the FEMA flood insurance rate maps. Please visit https://data.howardcountymd.gov/gdfirm/main_Web.aspx. Click Effective Floodplain Data, then Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map. Enter the street address. The structure must intersect Flood Zone A, AE or Shaded X. Flood Zones must be determined by a certified FEMA Flood Elevation Certificate. You may already have an Elevation Certificate if you have flood insurance. The county can also provide an elevation certificate within approximately four weeks of a request.





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