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Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant Program


Brief description of program
The Local Implementation Funding Grant is an annually-determined portion of funding set aside in Delaware’s Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant. Local implementation funding is intended for use by local entities within Delaware’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed for best management practices (BMPs) implementation projects that will improve water quality by reduction of nutrient and sediment loads. 

In undertaking these projects, it is the intent that surface and groundwater quality throughout the State of Delaware’s Chesapeake Bay watershed 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 implementation of BMP projects identified in Delaware’s Chesapeake Bay Phase III Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) or watershed Pollution Control Strategy (PCS). It is desired to fund 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 state, county, municipality, city, town, conservation district, not-for-profit organization representing local governments, watershed organizations, community organization, and/or homeowner’s association within the State of Delaware’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Applicants may submit up to two project proposals per grant cycle. Preference is given to projects involving cooperative partnerships.

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

Program goals
The proposal should be designed to demonstrate water quality improvements to local impaired waters on developed and non-developed landscapes with traditional and/or innovative, yet sustainable and cost-effective approaches. In addition, these projects should lead to ways of approaching nonpoint source load reductions, while also contributing knowledge of cost effective, sustainable new ways of doing business.

Examples of possible uses of this funding by local entities for reducing nutrient and sediment loads and that would also support Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) implementation  are below:

  • Local implementation of priority, structural agricultural, urban/suburban, and/or resource BMPs identified in Delaware’s WIPs or PCSs.
  • Identification and mapping of municipal stormwater infrastructure and green stormwater BMPs to assist  municipalities with preparation for their Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit.
  • Local stormwater improvements.
  • Structural Agricultural BMPs that address urban stormwater.

Funding process
Eligible proposals will be selected for funding by Delaware’s Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant Program through a competitive grant process. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant Program will administer the grant application process and provide technical and financial guidance during the grant application and project period. 

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

Additional resources
For watershed management plans, please click here.

Contact information:
Jim Sullivan
Division of Watershed Stewardship
Nonpoint Source Program
DNREC 285 Beiser Boulevard, Suite 102
Dover, DE 19904

Telephone: 302-739-9922



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