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Surface Water Matching Planning Grant

Grants to Delaware Agencies for Preliminary
Planning to Improve Impaired Watersheds

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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:

03/28/18 4:30 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Delaware government agencies and estuary programs to address water quality issues in impaired watersheds throughout the state’s developed landscape. Eligible proposals include planning and preparations for projects that will reduce pollution in watersheds with proposed and established total maximum daily loads (TMDLs).

The Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (WIAC) developed the Surface Water Matching Planning Grant program 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. However, the grant can be used by counties and municipalities to continue the process of updating stormwater/drainage plans, prepare preliminary engineering reports, or conduct planning studies and feasibility analysis.

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.

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

Preliminary Engineering Reports and planning projects must be consistent with State Strategies for Policies and Spending and demonstrate how the study integrates into the municipalities’ surface water strategies.

Preference will be given to planning and/or preliminary engineering projects that will go forward to implementation and will request funding through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. In addition, preference will be given to MS4 municipalities to address federal regulatory guidelines.

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

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Water Infrastructure Advisory Council, as an advisory group to DNREC, require an appropriate licensed professional for the design of the projects. DNREC reserves the right to waive the requirement on a case by case basis after review of the grant proposal.

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

Eligible costs are limited to planning, preliminary engineering and design, and feasibility analysis of water quality projects. Up to 10 percent of the grant funds provided by this award may be used for administrative costs. Agricultural operations, nonprofit organizations, and private for profit firms are not eligible for these funds. Interested parties may enter into working arrangement with eligible applicant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179083

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Estimated Size of Grant:

There is an award cap of $50,000 per grant cycle and $100,000 per entity per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).

Term of Contract:

The project shall not exceed 1 year. The year 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.

Nonprofit 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.

Ineligible Costs and Projects:

Projects required by enforcement action taken by DNREC, punitive or penalty related requirements, required mitigation, and agricultural practices are ineligible for these funds. However, projects (with the exception of agricultural) that plan for improvements that may meet a permit condition are acceptable.

Please note that “in kind services” performed by State, County or Municipal employees are not reimbursable under the Surface Water Matching Planning Grant.

Expenses incurred prior to the issuance of a Purchase Order Purchase Order by the Delaware Department of Finance are not reimbursable.

Insurance Requirements:

There are insurance requirements for grant recipients. Applicants should review their existing insurance coverages and determine if their existing insurance coverage meets the requirements set out below. If the Applicant’s current insurance does not meet the requirements set out below, please explain in your submittal how any deficiencies in the required insurance coverages will be handled. Certificate of Insurance and/or copies of the insurance policies will be required before a grant agreement is executed.

Grant recipients shall maintain the following insurance during the grant term:
-Worker’s Compensation and Employer’s Liability Insurance in accordance with applicable law, and
-Comprehensive General Liability - $1,000,000.00 per occurrence/$3,000,000 general aggregate, and
-Medical/Professional Liability - $1,000,000.00 per occurrence/$3,000,000 general aggregate; or
-Miscellaneous Errors and Omissions - $1,000,000.00 per occurrence/$3,000,000 general aggregate, or
-Product Liability - $1,000,000.00 per occurrence/$3,000,000 general aggregate, and
-If required to transport state employees, Automotive Liability Insurance covering all automotive units used in the work with limits of not less than $100,000 each person and $300,000 each accident as to bodily injury and $25,000 as to property damage to others.

Pre-Application Information:

A 1:1 cash match is required. Applicants must have the matching funds available at the time of application.

Expenses that can be considered match are limited to federal, state, or locally appropriated funds. This grant may be used to match federal grants. Preference is given to projects that include other match, cost share, or leveraging by federal, local, or other state funds.

Applications must be submitted to the Division of Watershed Stewardship no later than 4:30 PM, March 28, 2018.

For information on watershed management plans, please see:

Contact Information:

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

Jim Sullivan

Division of Watershed Stewardship
Nonpoint Source Program
DNREC State Street Commons
100 W. Water Street - Suite 6B
Dover, DE 19904

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USA: Delaware