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Grants to Delaware Nonprofits, For-Profits, Individuals, Tribes, Schools, IHEs, and Agencies to Mitigate Water Pollution

Section 319 Grant Program


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Funding Source
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) - Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program
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Geographic Focus
USA: Delaware

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/01/23 4:30 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Delaware nonprofit organizations, government agencies and development centers, tribal entities, school systems, IHEs, watershed groups, businesses, and individuals for projects that mitigate water pollution. Priority funding is intended for projects whose goal is to improve the water quality of water bodies identified as having nonpoint source pollution impairments and implemented in watersheds that have approved watershed management plans.

NPS pollution is defined as any pollution that originates from a diffuse source (such as an open field or a road) and is transported to surface or ground waters through leaching or runoff. 

Reduction of NPS pollution may often be achieved through the incorporation of specific best management practices (BMPs) into project work plans. Projects may target any source of NPS pollution, but most frequently involve agriculture, silviculture, construction, marinas, septic systems, and hydro-modification activities.

For additional information about BMPs see:

Section 319 grant projects are required to include appropriate measures to gauge the effectiveness of the project. These measures can be divided into two categories: Outputs and Outcomes. Outputs are the “deliverables” of a project (i.e., the number of brochures distributed, the dollars spent, the attendance at an outreach event, the number of BMPs installed, etc.). The outcomes are the ultimate impacts of those outputs on water quality. When possible, it is best to estimate the Measurable Environmental Results, or MERs, in terms of both the outputs and the resulting outcomes. For additional information regarding MERs, see:

Environmental justice seeks equity for minority and low-income communities that may be disproportionately exposed – and vulnerable – to adverse environmental impacts. Applicants are encouraged to identify projects in historically under-engaged or under-served communities. For the purpose of this RFP and the evaluation of applications, “underserved communities” means people/communities of color, low income, tribal and indigenous populations, and other vulnerable populations such as the elderly, children, and those who have pre-existing medical conditions.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Projects can be sponsored by public or private entities, including local governments, tribal authorities, cities, counties, regional development centers, local school systems, colleges and universities, local nonprofit organizations, state agencies, federal agencies, watershed groups, for-profit groups, and individuals.

Project grants to individuals are limited to demonstration projects.

Priority will be given to those projects whose goal is to improve the water quality of water bodies identified as having nonpoint source pollution impairments, as documented in EPA approved watershed implementation plans including: the Appoquinimink River, Broadkill River, Chester River and Choptank River, Christina Basin (Brandywine Creek, Christina River, Red Clay Creek and White Clay Creek subwatersheds), Inland Bays, Nanticoke River, Pocomoke River and Wicomico River, St. Jones River and the Upper Chesapeake (Elk River, C&D Canal, Bohemia River and Sassafras River subwatersheds) Watersheds.
- The 305(b) reports and monitoring data are used to compile a list of impaired waters, commonly referred to as the 303(d) list. Delaware’s most recent Integrated Reports (303(d) and 305(b)) can be found on DNREC’s Watershed Assessment and Management Section website:

The NPS Program may also prioritize funding according to additional environmental factors, such as land use and existing BMPs if these factors can help determine where projects will be most effective at reducing nonpoint source pollution. Grant recipients that failed to meet program requirements in the past may be ineligible to receive additional project funding.

Projects required by enforcement action taken by DNREC, punitive or penalty related requirements, and those associated with Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit requirements are ineligible for Section 319 funds.

For information about ineligible use of cost-share funds see:

Pre-Application Information
Proposals are due to the DNREC’s NPS Program office no later than 4:30 PM on March 1, 2023.

Grants will be announced in April 2023.

Payment of Section 319 funds are reimbursable for costs incurred as work is completed and upon receipt of an approved invoice and any other applicable documentation

All projects must include a non-federal match component. Each Section 319 project must have a 67% non-federal match of the federal grant funds being requested (The minimum match requirement can be calculated by multiplying the requested Federal Section 319 grant funding by .667).

Additional information:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract
Proposal(s) selected through the RFP can tentatively expect funding to be available for
project implementation by September 30, 2023. Grant funds may be available prior to this date; however, it is contingent upon EPA’s processing timeline.

Contact Information
Email the proposal to:
Ben Coverdale & Ashley Barnett
Subject: FY23 Nonpoint Source Section 319 Grant Proposal

For further details or questions regarding the Section 319 Grant Program, applicants are
encouraged to contact
M. Benjamin Coverdale (Ben) via email at
and Ashley Barnett via email at

Nonpoint Source Program
285 Beiser Blvd, Suite 102
Dover, DE 19904

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