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Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) - Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program

Deadline Date:

02/09/22 4:30 PM


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Grants to Delaware government agencies and development centers, tribal entities, school systems, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, 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 funds are intended to be startup funds, not a continuous funding source. Sponsors may seek funding for two phases of a large project, such as Phase I planning and Phase II implementation, however, sponsors are generally not funded more than two or three times for similar efforts.

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GrantWatch ID#: 193659

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, Chesapeake Bay Phase III WIP, Chester River, and Choptank River, Christina Basin (Brandywine, Christina, Red Clay, and White Clay subwatersheds), Inland Bays, Nanticoke River, Pocomoke, and Wicomico River, St. Jones River and the
Upper Chesapeake (Elk River, C&D Canal, Bohemia River and Sassafras River subwatersheds) Watersheds;
- The current 303(d) List as impaired due to a nonpoint source pollutant;
- The current 305(b) Report as not fully supporting a designated use due to a nonpoint source; or
- Any other documentation of nonpoint source pollution

The following items cannot be funded with Section 319 funds:
- Dredging, drainage, or flood control
- Work required by regulations or permits, such as an NPDES permit
- Permit fees of any type
- Office furniture
- Travel

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 February 9, 2022.

Grants will be announced in March 2022.

All projects must include matching funds from a non-Federal source totaling at least 40% of the overall project cost and can include in-kind and/or cash match. It is also the equivalent of requiring a 67% match of each federal grant dollar requested through the proposal.

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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.

Submit applications to

Sharon Webb

Ben Coverdale

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

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