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Grants to Delaware Agencies and Estuary Programs to Address Water Quality Issues

Surface Water Matching Planning Grants


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
179083

Funding Source
Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)
Division of Watershed Stewardship - Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Delaware

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/17/24
Deadline: 02/21/24 4:30 PM Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $50,000 to Delaware state and local agencies and estuary programs to address water pollution and water quality issues. Funding may be used for feasibility analysis, preliminary engineering and design, and planning. The goal of the program is to manage water pollution analyses, planning, and preliminary engineering projects that focus on the developed landscape to improve water quality in impaired watersheds in Delaware.

The grants support planning, preliminary engineering, and feasibility analysis of surface water improvement projects and activities that focus on the developed landscape to improve water quality in impaired watersheds in Delaware. They can be used for a variety of projects, such as:

  • Retrofitting stormwater systems
  • Establishing green technology practices
  • Restoring streams and wetlands
  • Small watershed studies
  • Developing master surface water and drainage plans

Program Goals:

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

  • Providing 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

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.

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.

Eligible costs are limited to planning, preliminary engineering and design, and feasibility analysis of water quality projects.


Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Sectors: Any Delaware county, or municipal government, conservation districts and estuary programs. 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.

Projects with over 5,000 square feet of disturbance must comply with the Sediment and Stormwater Regulations.

For a proposal to be considered eligible for funding, all work included in the project must take place within the State of Delaware.

Ineligible
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.

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

Projects required by enforcement action taken by DNREC, punitive or penalty related requirements, required mitigation, and agricultural practices are ineligible for these funds.

Pre-Proposal Conference
DNREC will hold a State Revolving Loan Fund virtual community workshop at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17 offering a detailed overview of the CWSRF and DWSRF programs. Attendees will get guidance on requesting financial assistance for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure project needs. Pre-registration for the virtual workshop is required.

Workshop attendees also will learn how SRF programs administered by DNREC Environmental Finance can provide a wide range of financial assistance. It will review the one-stop loan application process for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure project assistance, including new funding available under the BIL:
- Supplemental funding available to address emerging contaminants and lead service line replacement
- Additional subsidies to disadvantaged communities for water infrastructure projects

The workshop also will cover information about planning tools to assist SRF applicants with:
- Wastewater, drinking water and surface water matching planning grants
- Asset management planning grants
- Project planning advances
- Planning and design loans

For more information and to register:
https://dnrec.delaware.gov/events/clean-water-and-drinking-water-state-revolving-fund-informational-workshop/

Pre-Application Information
Important Dates:
- February 21, 2024: Proposals due to the DNREC NPS Program office no later than 4:30 p.m. Applications received after that time will not be reviewed.
- March 2024: Grant Awards announced, and recipients notified.

Applicants may submit one project proposal per grant cycle.

Funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis.

A 1:1 cash match is required for this grant.

Press Release:
https://news.delaware.gov/2024/01/09/delaware-to-solicit-water-quality-improvement-projects-with-bipartisan-infrastructure-law-funding-3/

Watershed Plans and Strategies:
https://dnrec.delaware.gov/watershed-stewardship/assessment/plans-and-strategies/

Estimated Size of Grant
Awards are limited to $50,000 per grant cycle and a cumulative total $100,000 per county/municipality per fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

Term of Contract
The project shall not exceed 2 years. The 2 years will commence with the issuance of a Purchase Order by the Delaware Department of Finance for the project.

Contact Information
Submit proposals to James Sullivan at NPS.Grants@delaware.gov.

For further details regarding the Surface Water Matching Planning Grant applicants are encouraged to contact:
James Sullivan
DNREC, Division of Watershed Stewardship
285 Beiser Blvd
Dover, DE 19904
302-608-5457
James.Sullivan@delaware.gov

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