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Water Quality Improvement Project Program

Water Quality Improvement Project Program

WQIP Round 13 Funding is Available!

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Overview of the WQIP Program

DEC supports water quality improvements through the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Statewide Grant Program. The WQIP program is a competitive, reimbursement grant program that uses New York State Environmental Protection Funds for projects that reduce polluted runoff, improve water quality and restore habitat in New York's waterbodies.

Through the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative, DEC has made up to $25.9 million available to support water quality improvements in Round 13 of the Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) Grant Program. For more detail on the WQIP Round 13, a Program Overview (PDF, 278KB) is available for applicants to review program priorities.

Grants awarded through the WQIP program can fund up to 85% of the total project cost for Wastewater Treatment Improvement projects or up to 75% of the total project cost for Non-Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control, Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4). Eligible applicants can apply for WQIP Round 13 funding through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) (leaving DEC website).

Funding for WQIP Round 13 is being made available through Governor Cuomo's REDC initiative that started in 2012. The REDC initiative supports economic development, strategic plan implementation and job creation across the state.

Pre-application workshops will be held around the State for potential applicants. The workshop schedule along with additional information is available on the Regional Economic Development Councils website (leaving DEC website). All those who would like to have the application process explained or have process-related questions answered are encouraged to attend.

Eligible Applicants

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Stream restoration
  • Municipalities
  • Municipal Corporations
  • Soil and Water Conservation Districts
  • Not for Profit Corporations

Eligible Project Types

  • Nonagricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control (NPS)
  • Municipal Wastewater Treatment (WWT)
  • Aquatic Habitat Restoration (AHR)
  • Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4)

Pre-Application Requirements

  • All municipalities and soil and water conservation districts must register in the NYS Grants Gateway System (leaving DEC website) to be eligible for this grant.
  • All not-for-profits must register and prequalify in the NYS Grants Gateway System (leaving DEC website) to be eligible for this grant.

Successful Applicant Requirements

Successful applicants will be required to sign a State of New York Master Contract for Grants (MCG) within the NYS Grants Gateway System (leaving DEC website) and will be required to comply with statewide, agency and program terms and conditions, and payment and reporting requirements as identified in the MGC. The Water Quality Improvement Project Program MCG is available for review.

For more information, including user guides and tutorial videos on how to register and prequalify, visit NYS Grants Reform (leaving DEC website).

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Wastewater treatment plant

Questions?

All questions should be submitted via e-mail to User.Water@dec.ny.gov.


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