The state is accepting pre-applications from local and regional public entities to access $100 million in anticipated federal funds for projects that will address immediate flood mitigation needs throughout Louisiana.
The funding is part of the state’s proposed Action Plan to spend $1.2 billion in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation funds. This step to solicit pre-applications for projects will help ensure projects are ready to be implemented once the funds are available, expected in spring 2020.
The state plans to allocate $60 million of these funds statewide and to evenly distribute the remaining $40 million to the state’s eight watershed regions. Any public entity is eligible to submit a project for consideration. Regional steering committees in each watershed region, which are in the process of being established, will select projects for their region that meet the low-risk, high-reward criteria used to guide all Round 1 funding decisions. These projects must align with the long-term resilience objectives of the Louisiana Watershed Initiative.
The state will host in-person briefings, as well as technical assistance sessions, in each watershed region Dec. 2 – 11. Prospective applicants should plan to attend these briefings and pre-register for a technical assistance session in their region.
Upcoming regional briefing dates and locations are as follows:
9:30 a.m. Dec. 2 – Region 1
Coordinating and Development District
4000 Viking Drive, Bossier City, LA 71111
9:30 a.m. Dec. 3 – Region 3
Ouachita Parish Emergency Operations Center
1000 New Natchitoches Road, West Monroe, LA 71292
9:30 a.m. Dec. 4 – Region 8
New Orleans Regional Planning Commission
10 Veterans Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124
9:30 a.m. Dec. 5 – Region 4
Calcasieu Parish Emergency Operations Center
901 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601
9:30 a.m. Dec. 6 – Region 7
9200 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810
9:30 a.m. Dec. 9 – Region 2
Miko Steak and Spirits
3011 Chata Hina St., Jena, LA 71342
9:30 a.m. Dec. 10 – Region 5
Rosa Parks Transportation Center
101 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA 70501
9:30 a.m. Dec. 11 – Region 6
South Central Planning and Development Commission
5058 W. Main St., Houma, LA 70360