Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program

The Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program (SRGP) is a state of Oregon competitive grant program that provides funding for the seismic rehabilitation of critical public buildings, particularly public schools and emergency services facilities.

Now accepting applications
July 1-September 30, 2014

Who Can Apply?

Public K‐12 school districts, community colleges, education service districts and universities are eligible for the grant program. For emergency services facilities, the emphasis is on first responder buildings. This includes: hospital buildings with acute inpatient care facilities, fire stations, police stations, sheriff's offices, 9‐1‐1 centers and Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs).

Eligible Projects and Activities

Eligible Activities

  • Structural improvements including non-structural
  • Architecture & Engineering
  • Project management

Ineligible Activities

  • Demolition/rebuild or new construction
  • Buildings located in the Tsunami Inundation Zone
  • Solely non-structural projects (e.g., chimney removal/bracing)

Buildings with a mix of eligible and ineligible uses can be considered if an entity pays for the ineligible portion of the building. Eligible projects can apply for as much as $1.5 million through the SRGP.

Application Procedures

A completed application packet includes:

  • Preliminary Engineering Report or Assessment
    • It is recommended, but not required, that this include a Tier I or Tier II evaluation per ASCE 31-03 Seismic Evaluation of Existing Buildings.
  • Cost Estimate
    • Conservative contingencies should be built in to all budget categories. Project management, construction management, asbestos abatement, testing, permitting, construction, labor and temporary relocation are examples of costs that should be considered when putting together an accurate cost estimate.
  • Benefit Cost Analysis
  • Photos of the Buildings Proposed for Rehabilitation
  • Dept. Geology and Minerail Industries (DOGAMI) Rapic Visual Screening (RVS) Seismic Needs Assessment

In order to apply, please contact the SRGP Coordinator, Gloria Zacharias, phone 503-986-0132.

Evaluation of Applications

Applications will be evaluated by a statutorily designated grant committee, which represents the education sector, emergency services, local government and other state agencies. Scoring and ranking criteria is determined by the grant committee. Scoring will be based on:

  • BCA Score
  • Project Readiness
    • Do you have sufficient staff and resources for the implementation and oversight of the proposed project within the period of performance? Will you hire an outside project manager with experience in this type of project?
  • Scope of Work
    • Must be detailed and describe both the identified building deficiencies and the corresponding improvements. This should correlate directly to the preliminary engineering report. If the seismic rehabilitation work is part of a larger building improvement project, that should be identified as well.
  • Financial feasibility or the leverage of federal/state/local/private partnerships to enhance the outcome of the proposed project. This includes cash match or leveraging of non-monetary resources.
  • How the proposed project fits in with other community-wide mitigation and preparedness efforts.
  • The importance of the building in the community it serves.

What Does "Rehabilitation" Mean?

SRGP requires that school facilities be retrofitted to Life Safety and emergency services to Immediate Occupancy standards as defined by the American Society for 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.