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Community Water Quality Improvement Grants

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Brief description of program
The Community Water Quality Improvement Grant (CWQIG) is an annually determined set aside in the Delaware Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Non‐Federal Administrative Account. The program is designed to assist any non‐profit organization, conservation district, community organization, and/or homeowner's association with implementing projects or programs within Delaware’s developed landscape to improve water quality in designated impaired watersheds consistent with specific 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. 

In undertaking these projects, it is the intent that surface and ground water quality throughout the State of Delaware is measurably improved and that citizen education and actions regarding the waters of the State are benefited. The available funding should be used to assist with project/program implementation with a priority for projects that promote community involvement, leverage additional resources, further education and outreach, demonstrate innovative science, policy, and technology, and provide a project/program approach that is both measurable and transferable in water quality improvements obtained.

Applicant Requirements
Applicants may be any non‐profit organization, conservation district, community organization, and/or homeowner’s association within the State of Delaware. 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.

Agricultural operations and private for profit firms are not eligible for these funds. Interested parties may enter into working arrangement with eligible applicant.

Program goals
While not limited to the following list, all proposals should address one or more of the following goals:

  • Provide benefits to water quality within an impaired watershed;
  • Implementation of non‐regulatory projects listed in a watershed management plan. Examples of plans include voluntary elements of Pollution Control Strategies, watershed based restoration plans, a Whole Basin Management Preliminary Assessment, or community‐based stormwater permits;
  • Installation of community stormwater management improvements in existing developments and municipalities;
  • Restoration for water quality benefits;

Funding process
Eligible proposals will be selected for funding by the Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council through a competitive grant process. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Program will administer the grant application process and provide technical and financial guidance. This grant program is not in any way associated with or dependent on federal stimulus funds.

Guidelines and Application
For grant guidelines and application, please click here.
For sample project budget, please click here

Additional resources
For watershed management plans, please click here.

Contact information
Sharon Webb
Division of Watershed Stewardship
Nonpoint Source Program
DNREC State Street Commons
100 W. Water Street - Suite 6B
Dover, DE  19904
Telephone: 302-739-9922

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