Small Communities Flood Risk Reduction

Created as a result of the adoption of the 2012 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP) (PDF), the Small Communities Flood Risk Reduction Program (SCFRRP) is a local assistance program whose objective is to reduce flood risk for small communities protected by State Plan of Flood Control facilities, as well as for legacy communities. Small communities are defined in the CVFPP as developed areas with between 200 and 10,000 residents. The Urban Flood Risk Reduction Program works to improve flood protection for urban areas (greater than 10,000 residents) associated with the State Plan of Flood Control (SPFC) facilities.


To be eligible, communities must:

Projects must both:

  • Rehabilitate, reconstruct, or replace SPFC facilities
  • Be consistent with CVFPP goals and objectives


SCFRRP funding is being delivered in multiple phases. In the first phase, we awarded funds to complete feasibility studies of structural and nonstructural flood risk reduction projects. We'll award funds to design and implement projects in subsequent phases.

Projects are cost shared between local communities and the State. Minimum State cost-share is 50 percent. This share can increase based on the project’s commitment to:

  • Multi-benefit objectives
  • Increased protection for State facilities
  • Increased flood protection for disadvantaged communities

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