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Financial Assistance Programs



The Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances offers financing options and assistance to the owners or operators of underground and aboveground storage tank systems.

Contact Us

Tanks Compliance
Lukens Drive Field Office
391 Lukens Drive
New Castle, DE 19720
302.395.2500

Eligibility for financial assistance is determined by the information presented in applications. Before submitting an application, the applicant should consult with the Tank Management Section to determine if the project is eligible for financing.

Please note that submitting an application for financial assistance is not a commitment for funds, nor does it obligate the State of Delaware or any State agency to lend any form of financial assistance.

UST System Compliance Assistance Rebate Program

The Compliance Assistance Rebate Program was created to assist owners and operators of underground storage tank systems to upgrade their equipment so facilities would be in compliance with newly adopted regulatory requirements for containment sumps and vapor recovery. Systems must be in compliance by December 31, 2025.

Rebates are only available to those who complete the DNREC pre-approval process, are determined to be eligible for a rebate, and submit the required supporting documentation within the specified timeframe upon completion of the work.

Who Can Apply?  An owner/operator of an UST System:

  • With a Non-liquid tight sump
  • Who wants to decommission Stage II vapor recovery equipment
  • That has no open enforcement actions issued by the Department
  • And is considered a Small Business Owner in the State of Delaware.

There is limited funding for this program. Applications will be processed in the order they are received.

Heating Fuel Tank Closure Assistance

The Heating Fuel Underground Storage Tank Closure Assistance Program was created to perform the removal or closure-in-place of heating fuel underground storage tank systems of 1,100 gallons or less used to store fuel to heat the premises where they are located.

Funds for the program are provided via appropriation from the Hazardous Substance Cleanup Act (HSCA) fund. There is limited funding for this program. Funding will be allocated based on the order applications are received and deemed eligible.

Which tanks are eligible?

  • Tanks in the State of Delaware that are buried below ground and hold 1,100-gallons or less of heating fuel; and
  • Tanks used to store heating fuel to heat buildings on the premises (not for storage for the purpose of fuel re-sale); and
  • Tanks that have been deemed eligible for the program by the DNREC-TMS through an application process.

This is not a reimbursement program. All work is performed under State of Delaware contracts by select DNREC-Certified Underground Storage Tank Closure Contractors.

FIRST Fund

The Fund for the Inability to Rehabilitate Storage Tank sites (FIRST Fund) was established to assist the Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances in addressing the closure and remediation of underground storage tank systems in situations where the tank owner or Responsible Party cannot be identified. A site must meet specific criteria to be eligible for FIRST Fund financing. Funds are provided via appropriation from the Hazardous Substance Cleanup Act (HSCA) fund.

Ability to Pay

Owners and operators who are concerned about their ability to pay for tank removal or cleanup of underground aboveground storage tank systems may contact the Division. The Division will determine their eligibility for financial assistance based on a financial analysis.

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