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Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program (SRGP)

Grants to Oregon Schools and Emergency Service Facilities
to Prepare Critical Public Buildings for Earthquakes

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01/17/20 5:00 PM PDT


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Grants to Oregon public school districts, community colleges, education service districts, universities, and emergency service providers, such as hospitals, fire stations, and police stations, for the rehabilitation of public buildings in preparation for earthquakes. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended for the seismic rehabilitation of public buildings, particularly public schools and emergency services facilities.

The SRGP is a competitive grant program that provides state funds on a reimbursable basis for seismic rehabilitation of critical public buildings, which include hospital buildings with acute inpatient care facilities, fire stations, police stations, sheriffs’ offices, and other facilities used by state, county, district municipal law enforcement agencies. 

Eligible activities include:

  • Structural improvements and non-structural improvements (e.g., installation of anchor bolts and restraining straps, bracing systems) of existing structures to increase the capability of the building to resist earthquake forces. Note: Projects that include only non-structural improvements and have no structural improvement elements will not be funded. The project must include all structural and nonstructural elements required to bring the building to life safety or immediate occupancy standards.
  • Architectural and engineering costs for final designs once the project has been awarded; and
  • Project management.

SRGP requires that school facilities be retrofitted to Life Safety, and emergency service facilities to Immediate Occupancy standards as defined by the American Society of Civil Engineers:

  • Life Safety means that a building may be damaged beyond repair during an earthquake but people will be able to safely exit the building. 
  • Immediate Occupancy means that not only will the building remain standing after an earthquake but emergency services will be able to continue to operate and provide services.
  • Risk Category II means that the building has life safety structural performance level and that the building may be damaged beyond repair during an earthquake (BSE-1E) but people will be able to safely exit the building.
  • Risk Category III means that the building has enhanced safety structural performance level between life safety and immediate occupancy structural performance level.
  • Risk Category IV means that the building has immediate occupancy structural performance level and that not only will the building remain standing after an earthquake (BSE-1E) but emergency services will be able to continue to operate and provide services.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166580

Estimated Size of Grant:

Eligible projects can apply for as much as $2.5 million through the SRGP.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible to apply for grant assistance:
- Oregon public K-12 school districts;
- Community colleges;
- Education service districts,
- Hospital buildings with acute inpatient care facility
- Fire stations;
- Police stations;
- Sheriffs’ offices;
- Other emergency facilities used by county, district or municipal law enforcement agencies; and

In addition, eligible school buildings must have a capacity of 250 or more persons that are routinely used for student activities by K-12 public schools, community colleges, education service districts (ESDs), and be owned by a school district, an education service district, a community college district or a community college service district.

Ineligible Activities:
- Maintenance activities.
- Project activities that do not meet the requirements of applicable Federal, State, and local laws.
- Any activities involving demolishing an existing structure (unless said demolition, such as removal of an unused URM chimney, can be shown to have life-safety benefits), mitigation reconstruction or demolition/rebuild.
- Non-structural activities that do not provide for total seismic upgrade to life safety or immediate occupancy.
- Reimbursement for already budgeted staff and routine or ongoing expenses of the recipient

Buildings with a mix of eligible and ineligible uses can be considered if an entity pays for the ineligible portion of the building.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted from October 4, 2019, through 5:00 pm January 17, 2020. Once application reviews are completed, the Seismic Advisory Committee will make funding decisions. The goal is to announce awards by May 2020.

In order to apply, please contact the SRGP Coordinator, Gloria Zacharias.

Business Oregon will provide technical assistance to Applicants regarding the level of documentation and the types of information required by this program. In addition, Business Oregon may provide clarification regarding data essential to preparing a credible BCA.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Gloria Zacharis

Mail applications to:
Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program
Attention: Gloria Zacharias
Business Oregon
775 Summer Street NE, Suite 200
Salem, Oregon 97301

Deliver in person or via FedEx/UPS:
Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program
Attention: Gloria Zacharias
Business Oregon
775 Summer Street NE, Suite 200
Salem, Oregon 97301

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