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Surface Water Matching Planning Grants

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

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Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) - Division of Watershed Stewardship - Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC)

Deadline Date:

09/15/21 4:30 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Delaware state and local agencies and estuary programs to address water pollution and water quality issues. Special attention will be given to collaborative applications. 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.

Surface Water Matching Planning Grants were established by the Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council and are intended to help plan for projects to manage water pollution that comes from specific sources and that which comes from many different sources (non-point source pollution). 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

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

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 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.

For eligible costs, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 179083

Estimated Size of Grant:

Surface Water Matching Planning Grants 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. Only project costs incurred after a Purchase Order allocating the Grant Funds has been approved by the Delaware Department of Finance are eligible for reimbursement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants may be any Delaware state, county, or municipal government, government agency, governmental subdivision or program, or Delaware estuary program.

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

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

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 arrangements with eligible applicants.

Projects required by enforcement action taken by DNREC, punitive or penalty related requirements, required mitigation, and agricultural practices are ineligible for these funds. Expenses incurred prior to the issuance of a Purchase Order by the Delaware Department of Finance are not reimbursable.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A grant informational workshop is held twice a year (July and December) to discuss the particulars of the grant.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals due to the DNREC NPS Program office no later than 4:30 p.m on September 15, 2021.
Grant awards announced, and recipients notified: November 2021.

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

Applicants may submit one project proposal per grant cycle.

Additional Resources (Watershed Plans and Strategies):

Contact Information:

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

Submit Applications to

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) 739-9922

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