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Surface Water Matching Planning Grants

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Brief description of program
The Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council established a Surface Water Matching Planning Grant to support the planning/preliminary engineering/ feasibility analysis of surface water improvement projects and activities that focus on the developed landscape to improve water quality in impaired watersheds in Delaware. The grants are intended for the planning/preliminary engineering/feasibility analysis of stormwater retrofits, green technology practices, stream and wetland restoration projects, small watershed studies, development of master surface water and drainage plans, and other point and non-point source water pollution control projects. The Surface Water Matching Planning Grant is a set aside in the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Non-Federal Administrative Account. The program is designed to assist counties and municipalities to prepare surface water projects for funding through Delaware Water Pollution Control Revolving Loan Fund (WPCRLF). The available funding can be used to assist with surface water planning in general, and for specific project planning and designs necessary to submit a loan application to the WPCRLF for funding consideration.  

Applicant Requirements: Applicants may be any Delaware state, county, or municipal government, government agency, governmental subdivision or program. A 1:1 cash match is required for the grant. Applicants must have the matching funds available at the time of grant application submittal. Non-profit 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.

Eligible projects:
Stormwater retrofits, water quality improvement projects, stream and wetland restoration, and other green infrastructure practices. Development of master plans, or planning toward a community goal for surface water improvements are also eligible. Project applicants must be eligible to apply for SRF funding.

A 1:1 cash match is required.

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

  • Provide 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 of community stormwater management improvements in existing developments and municipalities,
  • Restoration or retrofit projects to provide water quality benefits.

Funding process
Eligible proposals will be selected for funding by the Delaware Water Infrastructure Council through a competitive grant process. DNREC's Division of Watershed Stewardship will administer the grant application process and provide technical and financial guidance. Preference is given to planning and/or preliminary engineering projects that will go forward to implementation and would be eligible to be funded by the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Special consideration will be given to joint applications among either governmental subdivisions, agencies and municipalities or a governmental subdivision, municipality and a county.

Funding for projects receiving a grant award will be capped at $50,000 with a 1:1 cash match requirement. There is also a $100,000 cap per fiscal year. A grant informational workshop is held twice a year (July and December) to discuss the particulars of the grant. Grant proposals are due approximately the last week of February, May, August, and November.

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

Additional resources
For a sample budget page, please click here.

For information on watershed management plans, please click here.

Contact information
Jim Sullivan
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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