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Surface Water Matching Planning Grants

Grants to Delaware Agencies to
Address Water Quality Issues

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Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) - Division of Watershed Stewardship - Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC)

Deadline Date:

09/22/20 4:30 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Delaware units of government and state agencies to address water quality issues throughout the state. Funding is intended for activities and projects to improve water quality, including planning, research, and preliminary engineering. The program is intended to manage water pollution that comes from specific sources and that which comes from many different sources (non-point source pollution). For a proposal to be considered eligible for funding, all work included in the project must take place within the State of Delaware.

Preference will be given to planning and/or preliminary engineering projects that will go forward to implementation and will request funding through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. In addition, preference will be given to MS4 municipalities to address federal regulatory guidelines.

Grant applicants should focus their proposals on one or more of the following program goals:

  • Providing benefits to water quality within an impaired watershed
  • Planning and/or preliminary design for projects associated with a watershed management plan
  • Planning and/or preliminary design for community stormwater management improvements in existing developments and municipalities
  • Restoration or retrofit projects to provide water quality benefits

The grants support planning, preliminary engineering, and feasibility analysis of surface water improvement projects and activities that focus on the developed landscape to improve water quality in impaired watersheds in Delaware. They can be used for a variety of projects, such as:

  • Retrofitting stormwater systems
  • Establishing green technology practices
  • Restoring streams and wetlands
  • Small watershed studies
  • Developing master surface water and drainage plans

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179083

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is an award cap of $50,000 per grant cycle and $100,000 per entity per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).

Term of Contract:

The project shall not exceed 2 years. The 2 years will commence with the issuance of a Purchase Order by the Delaware Department of Finance for the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants may be any Delaware state, county, or municipal government, government agency, governmental subdivision or program, or Delaware estuary program.

Nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, community organizations, and/or homeowner’s associations within the State of Delaware that do not have taxing authority are ineligible to apply directly but may partner with an eligible applicant.

Ineligible Costs and Projects:
Projects required by enforcement action taken by DNREC, punitive or penalty related requirements, required mitigation, and agricultural practices are ineligible for these funds. However, projects (with the exception of agricultural) that plan for improvements that may meet a permit condition are acceptable.

Please note that “in kind services” performed by State, County or Municipal employees are not reimbursable under the Surface Water Matching Planning Grant.

Expenses incurred prior to the issuance of a Purchase Order Purchase Order by the Delaware Department of Finance are not reimbursable.

Pre-Application Information:

An electronic copy of the proposal and supporting materials must be submitted to the Division of Watershed Stewardship no later than 4:30 pm, September 22, 2020. Proposals will not be accepted by fax.

Matching Requirements:
A 1:1 cash match is required. Applicants must have the matching funds available at the time of application. Expenses that can be considered match are limited to federal, state, or locally appropriated funds. This grant may be used to match federal grants. Preference is given to projects that include other match, cost share, or leveraging by federal, local, or other state funds.

Only project costs incurred after a Purchase Order allocating the Grant Funds has been approved by the Delaware Department of Finance are eligible for reimbursement.

For information on watershed management plans, please see:

Contact Information:

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

Submit Applications to:

Direct questions to:
Jim Sullivan

Division of Watershed Stewardship
Enterprise Business Park
285 Beiser Blvd.
Dover, DE 19904

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