Contact: Melanie H. Rapp, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
Grant workshop set for Aug. 2 for
community water quality improvement projects
Proposals due by Aug. 30
DOVER (July 20, 2012) – DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship will hold an informational workshop from 9 to 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 on grants available for community water quality improvement projects. The workshop will be held at the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR), St. Jones Center for Estuarine Studies, 818 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Interested attendees are asked to pre-register by July 31 by contacting Sharon Webb, Nonpoint Source Pollution Program, Division of Watershed Stewardship at 302-739-9922.
Representatives from state or municipal governments, agencies, or programs, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, community organizations and homeowner associations are encouraged to attend the workshop to learn more about project requirements and the application process. Projects proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m., August 30, 2012.
The Community Water Quality Improvement Grant is an annually determined set-aside in the Delaware Clean Water State Revolving Fund Non-Federal Administrative Account. The program is designed to assist municipalities, government agencies, and non-profit organizations with implementing projects or programs to improve water quality in impaired watersheds, consistent with plans developed for watershed improvements. Programs and projects selected will demonstrate innovative and sustainable methods, techniques, and/or practices for water quality improvements, with cost effective and measurable results.
Applicants may submit up to two project proposals per grant cycle. Preference is given to projects involving cooperative partnerships and sponsors without a dedicated source of funds for repayment of Clean Water State Revolving Fund loans.
Projects will be recommended for funding by the Delaware Clean Water Advisory Council through a competitive grant process. The awards made will support lasting water quality improvements in impaired watersheds to meet water quality limits as identified by the Total Maximum Daily Loads.
Funding for projects in this grant cycle is anticipated to range from $25,000 minimum to $150,000 maximum. Up to 25 percent of the grant funds may be used for administrative costs.
Project guidelines and the application can be found online on the Financial Assistance Branch page, Community Water Quality Improvement Grants.
Proposals must be submitted by email to Sharon.Webb@state.de.us (Subject: Community Water Quality Improvement Grant). Proposals submitted by email must be less than 10 MB.
For more information, contact Sharon Webb, Nonpoint Source Pollution Program, Division of Watershed Stewardship at 302-739-9922.
Vol. 42, No. 268