Watershed Projects Grant Program: Local and Regional - Round 1

The state is reviewing applications from local and regional public entities to access $100 million in anticipated federal funds for projects that will address immediate flood mitigation needs. The funding opportunity is part of the state’s Action Plan to spend $1.2 billion in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation funds, which the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development approved Feb. 20.

Mandatory Applicant Webinar

Eligible applicants must watch the webinar recording by March 31 if they plan to submit full applications. The webinar will explain the full application process and procurement requirements. All applicants should receive an email with a link to the recording. View the presentation here. If you have any questions, email LWI-Round1@la.gov.

View the Webinar Recording

Project Pre-Application

Please note that the deadline for submitting pre-applications has expired. The state received 393 total project pre-applications, 325 of which are approved to move on to the full application.

View the list of approved pre-applicants and projects

Sample Full Application and Supplemental Materials

The state will notify eligible applicants when the application software is open and ready to receive full applications. Applicants can view a sample of the full application, as well as supplemental materials and program policies and procedures below.

View Sample Round 1 Projects Full Application
View Full Application Supplemental Materials
View Round 1 Projects Evaluation and Scoring Criteria
View Round 1 Projects Policies and Procedures

Round 1 Projects Program Timeline

Event Date
State issues NOFA and solicits project applications November 22, 2019
Deadline to submit project pre-applications January 17, 2020
Anticipated date of grant agreement between HUD and State of Louisiana April 2020
Deadline to submit project applications Three months after grant agreement* (estimated July 2020)
Awards announced for $60 million in statewide projects Following application scoring process (estimated September 2020)
Regional selection recommendations due to OCD Estimated October 2020
Grant agreements between OCD and grantees executed for awarded projects Winter 2020

* Refers to grant agreement between HUD and the State of Louisiana Office of Community Development

LWI briefing in Ouachita Parish for prospective applicants

LWI briefing in West Monroe

Applicant Outreach

The state hosted in-person briefings in each watershed region to provide further information and answer questions from prospective applicants. In addition to these briefings, the state completed 37 technical assistance sessions held throughout Louisiana’s eight watershed regions. In response to information provided by the 241 attendees, the state extended the deadline to Jan. 17, 2020.

View the presentation