Given the failure of not one, but two, dams in Michigan this week, it seems appropriate to remind everyone that in Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was appropriated $10 million to continue its Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams (HHPD) Grant Program. And, that a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for this grant cycle is now available online at

The HHPD grant program, per FEMA, provides technical, planning, design, and construction assistance in the form of grants for the rehabilitation of eligible high hazard potential dams. Eligible high hazard potential dams are defined as non-federal dams:

  • located in a state or territory with a dam safety program;
  • classified as ‘high hazard potential’ by the dam safety agency in the state or