Delaware Nonpoint Source Program Grants

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Jan 24, 2020 1:00pm PST

Applicant type: Organizations Faculty Postdoctoral Researcher Working Professional

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Delaware

Location of residency: Delaware

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The Delaware Nonpoint Source Program administers a competitive grant made possible through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. The grant provides funding for projects designed to reduce nonpoint source (NPS) pollution in Delaware. NPS pollution can be defined as any pollution that originates from a diffuse source (such as an open field or a road) and is transported to surface or ground waters through leaching or runoff.

Reduction of NPS pollution may often be achieved through incorporation of specific best management practices (BMPs) into project workplans. Projects may target any source of NPS pollution, but most frequently involve agriculture, silviculture, construction, marinas, septic systems, and hydromodification activities. Proposals are reviewed and evaluated, and those which are determined to meet specific requirements are eligible for funding. 

Projects are usually one to three years in length. Projects selected for funding can begin work after the contract is executed, usually in the summer/fall of the next year (approximately one year after the application is submitted).

Delaware’s 319 grant is divided into base and incremental funds. Projects funded by the grant can fall into either one or both of these categories.

Base funds

Base funds are used to provide staffing and support to manage and implement the state Nonpoint Source Management Program. Base funds help in implementing projects to identify and address nonpoint source problems and threats, as well as funding activities that involve specific waterbodies in that state or statewide or regional projects. A portion of these funds (up to 20 percent) may be used for planning and assessment activities such as conducting assessments, developing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), and creating programs to solve nonpoint source problems. EPA has issued supplemental grant guidelines that identify priority activities to be funded with section 319 incremental and base funds. 

Incremental Funds

Incremental Funds are used for the development and implementation of watershed-based plans and Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for impaired waters. These funds are used to restore impaired waters. 

Section 319 funds are intended to be startup funds, not a continuous funding source. Sponsors may seek funding for two phases of a large project, such as Phase I planning and Phase II implementation, however, sponsors are generally not funded more than two or three times for similar efforts. 

Payment of 319 funds is made in arrears for costs incurred as work is completed and upon receipt of an invoice and other applicable documentation. Invoices must be accompanied by an itemization of invoice expenditures and a report of in-kind/cash match contributions. Other cost-share documentation may also be required . Payment can be expected 4-6 weeks after DNREC receives the Invoice.

Equipment purchased with 319 funding becomes the property of the NPS Program upon completion of the project. Funding from the grant may also be used to support an established cost-share program.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • A project can be sponsored by both public and private entities, including:
    • local governments, tribal authorities, cities, counties, regional development centers, local school systems, colleges and universities, local nonprofit organizations, state agencies, federal agencies, watershed groups, for-profit groups, and individuals.
  • Project grants to individuals are limited to demonstration projects.
  • All projects must include matching funding from a non-Federal source totaling at least 40 percent of the overall project cost.


  • Priority will be given to those projects whose goal is to improve the water quality of water bodies identified as having nonpoint source pollution impairments, as documented in:
    • The current 303(d) List as impaired due to a nonpoint source pollutant. 
    • The current 305(b) Report as not fully supporting a designated use due to a nonpoint source.
    • Any other documentation of nonpoint source pollution.
    • See a list of Delaware's most recent reports
  • The NPS Program may prioritize funding according to additional environmental factors, such as land use and existing best management practices, if these factors can help determine where projects will be most effective at reducing nonpoint source pollution.


  • Grant recipients that failed to meet program requirements in the past may be ineligible to receive additional project funding.
  • The following items cannot be funded with Section 319 funds:
    • dredging, drainage or flood control
    • work required by regulations or permits, such as an NPDES permit
    • permit fees of any type
    • office furniture
  • Cost-share funds from Section 319 grants may not be used to reimburse a sponsor for the following:
    • Purchase of agricultural equipment, or other large pieces of equipment (equipment modifications and leasing are allowable).
    • Purchase of land or land easements (these activities can be counted as matching funds in some cases) .
    • Any project which is directed at water quantity rather than water quality, such as dredging, drainage, or flood control .
    • Any practices, equipment, or supplies used to fulfill the requirements of any federal permit, such as a NPDES permit, or to meet enforcement requirements.
    • Wetland mitigation sites .
    • Incentive payments or yield losses .
    • Practices not sanctioned by DNREC or a partner agency of DNREC .
    • Practices not installed in accordance with standards and specifications developed by NRCS, DNREC or other recognized standards.