Local Implementation Funding Grant

The Local Implementation Funding Grant is an annually-determined portion of funding set aside in Delaware’s Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant. Local implementation funding is intended for use by local entities within Delaware’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed for best management practices (BMPs) implementation projects that will improve water quality by reduction of nutrient and sediment loads.

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Ben Coverdale
Nonpoint Source Program
285 Beiser Blvd, Suite 102
Dover, DE 19904

Guidelines and Application Watershed Management Plans

The purpose of the grant program is to make measurable improvements to surface and groundwater quality throughout Delaware’s Chesapeake Bay watershed and to benefit citizen education and actions regarding the waters of the State.

Funds should be used to help implement best management practices projects identified in Delaware’s Chesapeake Bay Phase III Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs) or watershed Pollution Control Strategy (PCS).

The grants program will prioritize 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.


Applicants may be state, county, municipality, city, town, conservation district, not-for-profit organization representing local governments, watershed organizations, community organization, and/or homeowner’s association within the State of Delaware’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Applicants may submit up to two project proposals per grant cycle. Preference is given to projects involving cooperative partnerships.

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

Program Goals

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

Examples of possible uses of this funding by local entities that reduce nutrient and sediment loads and support Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) implementation:

  • Local implementation of priority, structural agricultural, urban/suburban, and/or resource BMPs identified in Delaware’s WIPs or Pollution Control Strategies (PCSs)
  • Identification and mapping of municipal stormwater infrastructure and green stormwater BMPs to assist municipalities with preparation for their Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit
  • Local stormwater improvements
  • Structural Agricultural BMPs that address urban stormwater

Funding Process

Eligible proposals are selected for funding by Delaware’s Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant Program through a competitive grant process. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control administers the grant application process and provides technical and financial guidance during the grant application and project period.