District Programs


Capital Improvement Program and Small Projects Assistance Program 

District Project Partnership Guide


Project eligiblity
Project application
Road Drainage Project Eligible


CIP projects typically consist of the design and construction of flood control infrastructure. 

What type of project is eligible? 

  • New infrastructure identified in a plan or study performed by the District or the Agency
  • Rehabilitation of existing infrastructure that:
    1. Was originally built by (or in partnership with) the District
    2. Is an Agency-owned facility that links to District-owned structures
    3. Has reached end-of-design life and Agency provides documentation of regular maintenance
  • Road drainage improvements resolving flooding that restricts access to certain critical facilities
  • Bridges or other access over watercourses that are impassible to emergency vehicle traffic

What about funding?

Eligibility for the District’s CIP does not guarantee District funding of the project. For a project to be included in the District's Capital Improvement Program annual budget, an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) must be in place. All IGAs are approved by the Board of Directors.

An IGA must include the following:

  • Project Background and objectives
  • Estimated Project Costs
  • Cost Share Agreement
  • Operations and Maintenance responsibility
Cost Share

How do I submit a project?

Agencies may submit proposals for project eligibility under the CIP at any time by contacting Kim Belt, CIP Program Supervisor. 

Selected projects will need to complete a Capital Project Letter of Intent prior to entering into final funding agreements. 

Small Project Assistance Program

The Small Project Assistance Program (SPAP) is directed and structured for the rapid design and construction of smaller and localized flood control projects.

How is SPAP different than CIP?

  • Accepted criteria and a scoring matrix are used to establish project eligibility
  • Standard (non-negotiable) IGAs are used
  • Projects are expected to be completed within two years or less
  • District financial contributions are capped

What type of projects are eligible?

A scoring matrix is designed to apply objective criteria prioritizing projects that:

  • Address higher frequency, smaller flooding events
  • Address road flooding that restricts access to critical facilities
  • Are at a higher level of design
  • Have agency property rights in place

What about funding?

The District contribution is limited to 75% of the design and construction costs of flood control elements of an eligible project, not to exceed $1M.

Project costs associated with property acquisition, utility relocations, permitting, construction management, materials testing, survey work and operations/maintenance are the Agency's sole responsibility.

The District may pay 50% of its cost share contribution upon the Agency’s award of a construction contract for the project and the remainder upon completion of construction. 

SPAP Contribution

How do I submit a project?

The SPAP Scoring Matrix provides guidance for potential projects.  Agencies may submit proposals for project eligibility under the CIP at any time by contacting Kim Belt, CIP Program Supervisor. 

Floodprone Property Assistance Program

The Floodprone Property Assistance Program provides resources to mitigate flood hazards where the construction of flood control structures are impractical. Homeowners living within delineated floodplains may apply for assistance under this program. Eligible homeowners may qualify for a voluntary sale to the District at appraised market value and for assistance with moving expenses under certain circumstances.

Homes purchased by the District under this program are demolished, and the land is held open to allow the floodplain to return to its natural function.


The Flood Control District of Maricopa County’s STEM Curriculum provides lessons for grades K-8 that support Earth’s water standards. All of the lessons have been developed in alignment with Arizona Science Standards.

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Community Rating System

The National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes communities for implementing floodplain management practices that exceed the federal minimum requirements of the NFIP to provide protection from flooding. In exchange for a community's proactive efforts to reduce flood risk, policyholders can receive reduced flood insurance premiums for buildings in the community. These reduced premiums reflect the reduced flood risk resulting from community efforts toward achieving the three CRS goals:

  1. Reduce flood damage to insurable property. 
  2. Strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the NFIP. 
  3. Encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management.

The Flood Control District of Maricopa County has participated in this program since 1991. Through the annual accreditation process, the District is now at Class 4, which gives residents of unincorporated Maricopa County up to a 30 percent discount on their flood insurance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local documentation is available at the Maricopa County’s Flood Control District and the Southwest Regional Library. Also, you can learn more about the NFIP and its Community Rating System at www.floodsmart.gov.

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