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DNREC accepting grant proposals through Aug. 1 for community water quality improvement projects

DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship is now accepting proposals for grants for community water quality improvements projects from state and municipal governments, agencies and programs, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, community organizations, and homeowner associations within Delaware. Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m., August 1.

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 any of the entities above in implementing projects or programs within Delaware’s developed landscape to improve water quality in impaired watersheds consistent with specific plans for making those 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.
 
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.
 
Projects will be recommended for funding by the Delaware Clean Water Advisory Council through a competitive grant process. The award made under this request for proposals (RFP) will support lasting water quality improvements on developed lands that are necessary for impaired watersheds to meet water quality limits as identified by total maximum daily loads (TMDLs).
 
Funding for projects receiving a grant award in 2011 grant cycle is anticipated to range from $25,000 to $50,000; however all proposals up to the $100,000 funding cap will be considered. Up to 25 percent of the grant funds may be used for administrative costs.
A grant informational workshop will be held on June 28, 2011 at The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR), St. Jones Center for Estuarine Studies, 818 Kitts Hummock Rd., Dover, DE  19901 from 9 - 11 a.m. Anyone attending the workshop must pre-register by June 23, 2011.

Project guidelines and the application can be found online at the Division of Water’s Clean Water Advisory Council webpage.

Proposals must be submitted by email to Sharon.Webb@state.de.us (Please put in the subject field “Community Water Quality Improvement Grant”). Proposals submitted by email must be less than 10MB (megabytes).

For more information, or to register for the workshop, contact Sharon Webb, Nonpoint Source Pollution Program, Division of Watershed Stewardship at 302-739-9922.