Minor Flood Mitigation Works & Coastal Protection Scheme

The Minor Flood Mitigation Works & Coastal Protection Scheme was introduced by the Office of Public Works in 2009.

The purpose of the scheme is to provide funding to Local Authorities to undertake minor flood mitigation works or studies to address localised flooding and coastal protection problems within their administrative areas. The scheme generally applies where a solution can be readily identified and achieved in a short time frame.

Under the scheme, applications are considered for projects that are estimated to cost not more than €500,000 in each instance. Funding of up to 90% of the cost is available for approved projects.  Applications  are assessed by the OPW having regard to the specific economic, social and environmental criteria of the scheme, including a cost benefit ratio.

Works that are normally the responsibility of the local authorities will generally not be considered for OPW funding. Where such works would also mitigate the risk of flooding to properties, partial funding may be considered by OPW.

The Local Authorities must be satisfied that the works will not have a significant impact on flood risk elsewhere.

As part of the overall Government response to the very severe storms in early January 2014, Local Authorities have been requested to undertake assessments of the extent of damage caused by the storms and the estimated cost of repairing the damage.  In this regard, the OPW will consider applications under this Scheme for funding to assist Local Authorities in the repair of damaged built flood defences and coastal protection structures.  A copy of the Coastal Storm Flooding Damage Questionnaire for Local Authorities is available under Further Information on this page. Applications to the OPW by Local Authorities, with regard to the recent severe storms, will be considered as quickly as possible.


The commencement and progression of any works for which funding is approved is a matter for each Local Authority concerned.