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Water Quality Improvement Grant Program

Grants to DuPage County, Illinois Businesses, Municipalities,
and Individuals for Projects that Improve Water Quality

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DuPage County Stormwater Management

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Grants to DuPage County, Illinois businesses, municipalities, and individual homeowners for projects that improve the quality of local watersheds. Funds may be used for installations that mitigate stormwater pollution. Projects could include pond restoration, riparian buffer zone rehabilitation, channel rehabilitation, wetland creation and restoration, bank stabilization through bioengineering designs, in-stream habitat improvement, and green infrastructure to reduce or filter stormwater runoff.

The intent of the grant program is to award funding to those projects deemed to provide the greatest water quality benefit and most prepared for immediate construction. These project costs can include construction costs, as well as maintenance and monitoring costs.

Stormwater Management will prioritize projects based on an evaluation of project merit. For example, projects providing a greater water quality benefit will have a greater prioritization. Therefore, it may be beneficial to solicit participation from neighboring stakeholders.

Examples of eligible projects include:
-Streambank stabilization involving bioengineering practices (e.g. soil lifts, bank reshaping and planting, coconut fiber rolls, live fascines);
-In-stream habitat improvements (e.g. pool-riffle complexes, lunker structures, weirs or sills, log, brush, and rock shelters);
-Channel rehabilitation (e.g. removal of concrete lining, daylighting a storm sewer or stream, remeandering a previously channelized section of a stream, in-stream habitat improvement, and stabilizing streambank);
-Detention basin retrofit (e.g. convert an open water basin to a constructed wetland basin)
-Riparian buffer rehabilitation (e.g., habitat improvement, and native plantings);
-Wetland or wetland buffer creation, restoration, or enhancement; and
-“Green Building Technologies” that reduce/filter stormwater runoff (e.g. green roofs, rain gardens, bioswales, cisterns, infiltration practices, permeable pavers, and porous concrete).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177566

Estimated Size of Grant:

Dedicated funding amounts are dependent on the project costs outlined within the application, as well as total funds available for grants. The Water Quality Improvement Program funds eligible projects at a maximum of 25 percent of the total project costs associated with non-required water quality improvements.

Term of Contract:

In addition to the construction timeframe, all Water Quality Improvement Program contracts include either a three or five year maintenance and monitoring timetable (in conjunction with the permit regulations) to ensure the overall success of the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Property owners in DuPage County, Illinois including private homeowners, businesses, or municipalities are eligible to apply.

Projects that are required to be implemented as part of a development permit are not eligible for funding assistance. If the applicant can demonstrate that a portion of the project exceeds permit requirements for water quality then that portion of the project may be eligible for funding

The following are examples of projects or portions of projects that are not eligible for funding under this program:

-Maintenance or repair of an existing facility;
-Projects required to meet Stormwater Ordinance, Clean Water Act, NPDES, or other permit requirements;
-Activities that are required by a permit where the initial intent of the project is not to improve water quality, such as moving a section of stream to create more space for development or building a detention pond within a development/redevelopment to meet storage requirements;
-Activities that are completed prior to signing an agreement or contract for County Water Quality Improvement Program assistance.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline for DuPage County Water Quality Improvement Program (FY18) funding is January 12, 2018. Each applicant is required to submit a Conceptual Design Report, and submit three copies to the DuPage County Stormwater Management.

Applicants approved for grant funding must enter into an agreement with DuPage County in order to receive reimbursement for actual expenditures. As this is a cost reimbursement program, applicants must have the ability to pay for project costs upfront. Invoices and supporting documentation for eligible costs are then submitted to the County for reimbursement.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

DuPage County Stormwater Management
Attn: Mary Beth Falsey
421 North County Farm Road
Wheaton, Illinois 60187


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USA: Illinois: DuPage County