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Community Water Quality Improvement Grants



The Community Water Quality Improvement Grant (CWQIG) is designed to help municipalities, government agencies, and non‐profit organizations implement projects or programs within Delaware’s developed landscape to improve water quality.

The Community Water Quality Improvement Grant is an annually-determined set aside in the Delaware Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Non‐Federal Administrative Account. It requires a 25% cash match and must meet state insurance requirements. This grant is intended for projects to improve water quality as part of specific watershed improvement plans. It is meant for programs and projects that demonstrate innovative and sustainable methods, techniques, and/or practices for water quality improvements with cost effective and measurable results.

The Grants must support measurable improvements to surface water and ground water quality throughout the State. They must benefit public education and actions to improve Delaware’s water quality. 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.

Sharon Webb
Division of Watershed Stewardship
State Street Commons
100 W. Water Street – Suite 6B
Dover, DE 19904
302.739.9922

Eligible Projects

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.

Eligible Sectors

Delaware non‐profit organizations, local conservation districts, educational institutions, community organizations, and/or homeowner’s associations.

Funding Process

Eligible proposals will be selected for funding by the Delaware Water Infrastructure Advisory Council through a competitive grant process. 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.

All proposals should address one or more of the following goals:

  • Providing 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

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