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Community Water Quality Improvement Grant (CWQIG)

Grants to Delaware Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Schools to Improve Watershed Quality

GrantWatch ID#: 179714
Agency Type:

State

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) - Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Program - Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council (DWIAC)

09/20/17 4:30 PM Receipt

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Grants ranging from $25,000 to $75,000 to Delaware nonprofit and community organizations, government agencies, homeowner’s associations, and educational institutions to improve water quality in designated watersheds throughout the State. Preference will be given to projects that involve cooperative partnerships and sponsors without a dedicated source of funds for repayment of Clean Water State Revolving Fund loans.

The Community Water Quality Improvement Grant (CWQIG) is an annually determined set aside in the Delaware Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Non‐Federal Administrative Account. The program is designed to assist qualifying organizations with implementing projects or programs within Delaware’s developed landscape to improve water quality in designated impaired watersheds consistent with specific plans developed for watershed improvements. Programs and projects selected will demonstrate innovative and sustainable methods, techniques, and/or practices for water quality improvements with cost effective and measurable results.

The award made under this RFP will support lasting water quality improvements on developed lands necessary in impaired watersheds to meet water quality limits as identified by Total Maximum Daily Loads.

At least 75 percent of the award must be utilized for implementation of the project. Construction costs, project materials, and labor cost related directly to the construction/ implementation would be included. Up to 25 percent of the funds provided by this award may be used for administrative costs (personnel salaries, indirect costs, travel, and indirect costs), planning and/or design costs.

In undertaking these projects, it is the intent that surface and ground water quality throughout the State of Delaware 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 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.

While not limited to the following list, all proposals should address one or more of the following goals:
-Provide benefits to water quality within an impaired watershed;
-Implementation of non‐regulatory projects listed in a watershed management plan. Examples of plans include voluntary elements of Pollution Control Strategies, watershed based restoration plans, a Whole Basin Management Preliminary Assessment, or community‐based stormwater permits;
-Installation of community stormwater management improvements in existing developments and municipalities;
-Restoration for water quality benefits;

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Program will administer the grant application process and provide technical and financial guidance. This grant program is not in any way associated with or dependent on federal stimulus funds.

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

The 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 nonpoint source load reductions while also contributing knowledge of cost effective, sustainable new ways of doing business.

$250,000

Funding for projects receiving a grant award in this grant cycle will be subject to a minimum $25,000 grant with a maximum of $75,000.

The project implementation should not extend beyond 2 years of the date of grant award.

Research projects that will demonstrate innovative science will be a 3-year grant with no less than a year dedicated to monitoring the project once implementation is complete.

Applicants may be any Delaware state or municipal government, agency or program, nonprofit organization, educational institution, community organization, and/or homeowner’s association within the State of Delaware. Applicants may submit up to two project proposals per grant cycle. Preference is given to projects involving cooperative partnerships and sponsors without a dedicated source of funds for repayment of Clean Water State Revolving Fund loans.

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

Applicants may be any Delaware nonprofit organization, conservation district, community organization, and/or homeowner’s association within the State of Delaware. Applicants may submit up to two project proposals per grant cycle. Preference is given to projects involving cooperative partnerships and sponsors without a dedicated source of funds for repayment of Clean Water State Revolving Fund loans.

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

DNREC and the Water Infrastructure Advisory Council, as an advisory group to DNREC, require an appropriate licensed professional seal construction plans. This applies to implementation projects along with innovative research projects that include construction. Grant reimbursement will not occur if sealed plans are not submitted prior to construction. 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.

Insurance:

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.

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.

Expenses incurred prior to the issuance of a Purchase Order are not reimbursable.

This grant requires a 25% cash match which may be federal, state, or local cash. Proposals will be evaluated on leveraging and preference is given to projects that include additional match (in addition to the required 25% cash match), cost share, or leveraging by federal, local, or other state funds. If using volunteer hours for additional match, the dollar value for volunteer hours that should be used is $20.22/hour.

Important Dates:
- August 10, 2017: Issuance of RFP
- September 20, 2017: Proposals due to the DNREC NPS Program office no later than 4:30 PM
- October 2017: Grant Awards announced and recipients notified.

Additional resources for water management plans may be found here: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/swc/wa/Pages/WatershedManagementPlans.aspx

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

Sharon Webb
302-739-9922
Sharon.Webb@state.de.us

Jim Sullivan
James.Sullivan@state.de.us

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

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